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Giving Thanks to the Internet of Thingsgiving

Wireless protocols and standards help users stay connected, while making our lives easier by helping us make better decisions faster.
By Brent Dietz
Nov 20, 2018

The leaves are changing, a nip is in the air and rumblings of football rivalries are renewed. It's the season of giving thanks, and with Thanksgiving just a few days away, I'm thankful for the people in my life and the Internet of Things (IoT) that connects us. In fact, I like to think of this favorite of holidays as "Thingsgiving."

The proliferation of the IoT and smart products is surging, as companies across many industries are jumping in to get a slice of the pie. This trend will continue, as Bain forecasts that the combined markets of the IoT will grow to about $520 billion in 2021—more than double the $235 billion spent in 2017. For those of us in the RF industry, these are exciting times. The IoT is connecting more people, places and things—and, in the case of this Thingsgiving, our food.

IoT-connected kitchen tools have added to a cornucopia of smart home products that just may turn your Thanksgiving meal into a culinary experience even Gordon Ramsay would enjoy. For example, there's MEATER, the first wireless smart meat thermometer. No more advanced calculus to figure out when your turkey will be finished cooking. Now you can check the bird on your smartphone.

Or how about the new Alexa-enabled microwave oven from Amazon? Hey, Alexa, please cook the green bean casserole that we'll discover three hours after we've already eaten!

The Real Meaning of Thingsgiving
Like all holidays, Thingsgiving's true meaning is often overlooked as too many people focus on the IoT's commercial relevance. Thingsgiving isn't about things; it's about staying connected and making our lives easier by helping us make better decisions faster. Those of us in the RF industry will be giving thanks to our hard-working, invisible friends—wireless protocols and the standards that make the IoT possible.

Without these protocols and their peaceful coexistence, the IoT would not exist. Just watch the "The 3 Ahas that Make IoT Work" and you'll see what I mean.

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