“I’ve got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty, I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore! You want thingamabobs? I’ve got twenty! But who cares? No big deal. I want more!” – Arielle, aka The Little Mermaid, discussing the Internet of Things back in 1989.
Who doesn’t love connected things? Right? I mean, it’s one thing to have lots of things, but having lots of connected things that can interact and actually do, um, connected things…well, it’s an awesome thing! Really, it is.
And to celebrate the awesomeness of connected things, web communication company, Kaazing, is holding a conference (or ThingTank, if you will…) on May 5–6, at San Francisco’s Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf.
IoT Expo™ 2014 will be the first in a series of conferences being hosted by the firm, with a stellar list of guest speakers coming to tout all things IoT from the connected home, to smart meters, the connected car, smart grids, personal wellness and connected health. Lots to thing about.
For instance, did you know that by 2020, boffins reckon 5 billion people will be using the Web. By then, there will be 10x that number of connected ”things” – probably more.
For those of you not too sharp on the old mental arithmetic, that’s some 50 billion things with trillions of connections between them, always-on, always-connected, and always trying to communicate. Like a hyperactive two-year-old, but with trillions of dollars worth of money making potential.
“[IoT] is seen by many as the next wave of dramatic market growth for semiconductors. If you look at the different estimates made by market analysts, the IoT market will be worth trillions of dollars to a variety of industries from the consumer to financial, industrial, white goods and other market segments,” Reza Kazerounian, Senior VP and GM of the Microcontroller Business Unit at Atmel recently told EEWeb.
“As the semiconductor industry has transitioned from PCs to mobile, IoT will now rise to become the predominant market,” he explained, adding, “this transition will favor ultra-low power and integration of microcontrollers, wireless connectivity, security, touch technologies and sensor management products.”
So, as you can see, Atmel too has a thing about the Internet of Things!
That said, there’s still time to sign up for IoT Expo, and we hear there may even be some special discounts available to the early birds among you Johnny-come-latelys!
Interested in more content on the IoT? Check out Atmel’s extensive archives on the subject here.