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How the Internet of Things will change your life: all you need to know, in plain English!
The Internet of Things (IoT) won’t just connect people: It will connect “smart” homes, appliances, cars, offices, factories, cities… the world. You need to know what’s coming: It might just transform your life.
Now, the world’s #1 author of beginning technology books has written the perfect introduction to IoT for everyone. Michael Miller shows how connected smart devices will help people do more, do it smarter,
do it faster. He also reveals the potential risks—to your privacy, your freedom, and maybe your life.
Make no mistake: IoT is coming quickly. Miller explains why you care, helps you use what’s already here, and prepares you for the world that’s hurtling toward you.
--What is IoT? How does it work? How will it affect me?
--What’s realistic, and what’s just hype?
--How smart is my “smart TV” really? (And, is it watching me?)
--Can smart IoT devices make me healthier?
--Will smart appliances ever be useful?
--How much energy could I save with a smart home?
--What’s the future of wearable tech?
--When will I have a self-driving car?
--When will I have a nearly self-driving car? (Hint: Surprisingly soon.)
--Is IoT already changing the way I shop?
--What’s the future of drones, at war and in my neighborhood?
--Could smart cities lower my taxes?
--Who gets the data my devices are collecting?
--How can I profit from the Internet of Things?
--What happens when the whole world is connected?
--Will I have any privacy left at all?
Chapter 1 Smart Connectivity: Welcome to the Internet of Things
Welcome to the Future
What Is the Internet of Things?
What Kinds of Things Can Be Connected to the Internet of Things?
What Do All Those Connected Things Do?
When Will the Internet of Things Arrive?
How Important Is the Internet of Things?
Smart Connectivity and You
Chapter 2 Smart Technology: How the Internet of Things Works
Understanding the Internet of Things: The Big Picture
Building the Internet of Things
Stage One: Device Proliferation and Connection
Stage Two: Making Things Work Together
Stage Three: Developing Intelligent Applications
Understanding Smart Devices
What’s a Thing?
Deconstructing a Device
Store and Forward
Understanding Network Connections
How Traditional Networks Work
Transferring Data Over a Network
Understanding IP Addresses
Examining Wireless Technologies
Understanding RF Technology
Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart
Proprietary Cellular Networks
Which Technologies Are Best?
Understanding the Data
Understanding Intelligent Applications
Understanding Big Data
Profiting from the Internet of Things
Smart Technology and You
Chapter 3 Smart TVs: Viewing in a Connected World
What Exactly Is Smart TV?
What’s Inside a Smart TV?
What You Need to Use a Smart TV
What a Smart TV Does
Considering Smart TV Operating Systems
Examining a Typical Smart TV
Exploring Smart TV Set-Top Devices
How to Choose a Smart TV or Device
How Secure Are Smart TVs?
Hacking Into the System
An Eye Into Your Living Room
Integrating Smart TVs into the Internet of Things
Smart TVs and You
Chapter 4 Smart Appliances: From Remote Control Ovens to Talking Refrigerators
Understanding Smart Appliances Today
Smart Energy Savings
Smarter Food Storage with Smart Refrigerators
Smarter Cooking with Smart Ovens
Smarter Cleaning with Smart Washers and Dryers
Smarter Dishwashing with Smart Dishwashers
Smart Appliances and You
Chapter 5 Smart Homes: Tomorrowland Today
Automating the Home
Tying It All Together
A Short History of Smart Homes
Smart Steps to a Smart Home
Step 1: Basic Communications
Step 2: Simple Commands
Step 3: Automating Basic Functions
Step 4: Tracking and Taking Action
Step 5: Prompting Activities and Answering Questions
Step 6: Automating Tasks
Simple Components for a Smart Home
Smarter Living with Smart Furniture
Smarter Environment with Smart Lighting
Smarter Views with Smart Windows
Motorized Window Coverings
Smarter Heating and Cooling with Smart Thermostats
Nest Learning Thermostat
Other Smart Thermostats
Using Nest with Other Smart Devices
Data Collection and Control Issues
Smarter Protection with Smart Security Systems
Smarter Security Systems
Smart Security Cameras
Smarter Sensing with Smart Monitors
Smart Smoke Detectors
Smart Air Quality Monitors
Smarter Information with Amazon Echo
Reimagining the Smart Network
Controlling the Smart Home
Where Can You Find Smart Home Devices?
Smart Homes and You
Chapter 6 Smart Clothing: Wearable Tech
Wearable Technology Today–and Tomorrow
Watching the Smartwatches
Samsung Galaxy Gear
Other Popular Smartwatches
Exercising with Fitness Trackers
Understanding Fitness and Activity Trackers
Tracking the Trackers
Keeping Well with Wearable Healthcare Devices
Monitoring Your Family with Wearable Trackers
Recording with Wearable Cameras
Eyeing Smart Eyewear
Wearing Other Smart Clothing
Dealing with Your Personal Data
The Value of Data
It’s Your Data, Isn’t It?
Managing the Data
Putting the Data to Use
Enter the Insurance Companies
How to Keep Your Personal Data Personal
Where Do You Get Those Wonderful Toys?
Smart Clothing and You
Chapter 7 Smart Shopping: They Know What You Want Before You Know You Want It
Eliminating the Need to Shop
Changing the Retail Environment
Smart Store Tech
Making It Easier to Pay
Deliveries by Drone
Managing Inventory Smarter
What About Your Data?
Smart Shopping and You
Chapter 8 Smart Cars: Connecting on the Road
Smart Cars Today–and Tomorrow
Smart Climate Control
Hacking a Smart Car
Cars That Drive Themselves
How Self-Driving Cars Work
Levels of Automation
Introducing Google’s Self-Driving Car
Pros and Cons of Autonomous Autos
Navigating the Legal Landscape
Smart Cars and You
Chapter 9 Smart Aircraft: Invasion of the Drones
What Drones Are–and What They Aren’t
Understanding Radio-Controlled Aircraft
What Makes a Drone a Drone?
Different Kinds of Drones
How Drones Are Used Today
The Future of Drone Aircraft
Regulating Drone Aircraft
Fly the Scary Skies: The Problems with Drones
Collision and Liability Concerns
Other Smart Aircraft Technologies
Smart Aircraft and You
Chapter 10 Smart Warfare: Rise of the Machines
The Past, Present, Future of Tech-Based Warfare
Three Generations of Warfare
The Fourth Generation
Today’s Army Robots
Robotic Armor and Super Soldiers
Autonomous Fighting Robots
Smart Combat and You
Chapter 11 Smart Medicine: We Have the Technology
Welcome to the Internet of Medical Things
Smart Medical Devices and Monitoring
Examining Smart Medical Devices
Monitoring the Monitors
Smart Monitoring for Seniors
Everything’s Monitored, and Nothing’s Monitored
Other Smart Equipment
Smart Medical Records
Smart Medicine and You
Chapter 12 Smart Businesses: Better Working Through Technology
Smart Inventory Management
Smart Businesses and You
Chapter 13 Smart Cities: Everyone’s Connected
Understanding the Smart City
Smart Communication and Emergency Management
Smart Roads and Traffic Management
Smart Traffic Management
Smart Public Lighting
Smart Waste Management
Smart Water Management
Understanding the Smart Grid
Smarter Energy Management
A Self-Healing Grid
Collecting and Using the Data
Building the Smart Grid
Smart Cities and You
Chapter 14 Smart World: The Global Internet of Everything
Scaling the Internet of Things Globally
Connecting Cities, States, and Countries
The Rural Internet of Things
The Agricultural Internet of Things
The Environmental Internet of Things
Battling Climate Change
Impediments to the Global Internet of Things
Bureaucratic and Political Challenges
The Smart World and You
Chapter 15 Smart Problems: Big Brother Is Watching You
What Do They Really Know About You?
Your Government Is Spying On You
Privacy Versus the IoT
Big Data Issues
Autonomy and Control Issues
Smart Machine Issues
Smart Problems and You
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