In this installment of the IoT blog post series we take a closer look at a sometimes underestimated IoT device: smart phones.
A modern smartphone is equipped with up to 10 sensors, able to capture anything from location to the device orientation to light conditions. Collectively, these sensors produce a huge amount of data, both in unstructured form (picture or videos) as well as structured, such as GPS or acceleration data. With the rise of the wearables, such as Android Wear or the Apple Watchyour smart phone increasingly plays and additional role. This new role can be considered as the 'brain' of your Body Area Network (BAN), given the storage and communication capabilities of the smart phone. Last but not least with technologies such as Near Field Communications (NFC), more and more smart phones can function not only as sensors but as actuators, that is, trigger actions (such as payments) or control other things, including TVs or cars.
Let's now see where smart phones are already or can be used in an IoT setup, along the four IoT application categories:
If you like to explore what IoT applications exist or maybe want to prepare yourself concerning tooling, I suggest to review the following resources:
What applications can you imagine, where smart phones are used in an IoT setup? Which sensors or actuators would be needed to realize your app? What new business opportunities do you see emerging? I'd be interested to hear about your opinion, in the comment section below.
The next blog post in this series will dive into a Group IoT application area commonly referred to as _Smart Homes—_stay tuned!
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