What Are Smart Objects?
This book is about smart objects, networks of smart objects, and how these networks can be interconnected using the Internet Protocol (IP). In this chapter, we define smart objects, give an overview of the history of smart object technology, and discuss the present challenges.
Smart object technology has many names. In this book, we use the term smart objects, but the technology and its applications have names such as the Internet of Things, the web of objects, the web of things, and cooperating objects. Even though there are slight differences in the connotations and definitions of those names, they represent the same fundamental type of technology.
One definition of smart objects is a purely technical definition ...