What Is the Internet of Things?

What Is the Internet of Things?

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This report is a revision of Building a Solid World, by the same authors, released in February 2014.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is more than just a category of electronics. It represents an approach to blending software and hardware, drawing on the strengths of each to introduce intelligence to objects that were previously unintelligent, and to add physical endpoints to software that was once strictly virtual. Radical changes in the hardware development process have made the IoT—and its vast possibility—accessible to anyone.

This report surveys the foundational changes that have enabled the IoT and takes a look at what lies ahead.

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Jon Bruner

Jon Bruner

Jon Bruner is a data journalist who approaches questions that interest him by writing and coding. Before coming to O'Reilly, where he is editor-at-large, he was data editor at Forbes Magazine. He lives in New York, where he can occasionally be found at the console of a pipe organ.

Mike Loukides

Mike Loukides

Mike Loukides is an editor for O'Reilly Media, Inc.. He is the author of System Performance Tuning and UNIX for FORTRAN Programmers. Mike's interests are system administration, networking, programming languages, and computer architecture. His academic background includes degrees in electrical engineering (B.S.) and English literature (Ph.D.).