Susan Schreiner (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the founder and editor of C4Trends.com and a veteran journalist who covers developments in consumer technology. She is also a CE industry and events analyst.
Two of the latest buzzwords are Internet of Things (a.k.a., IoT) and machine-to-machine, or M2M. In most cases, these terms are increasingly interchangeable. What’s the relevancy of these terms to retailers and resellers?
What do wearables and fitness devices, a sports shirt, mattress covers, smart home/home automation, healthcare, connected cars, and more have in common? Unlike most products today that are largely stand-alone, all devices in an IoT universe will be outfitted with embedded communications technology to enable any device to be connected to and communicate with other devices – independent of human intervention. Make no mistake: IoT will disrupt our ways of living and working – and retailers will not just be selling a distinct device, but a more valuable user experience.