Essential Question: Design an object that could be classified as belonging to “The Internet of Things” and describe how it could contribute to your classroom.
I had never heard of the "Internet of Things (IoT)." "IoT is simple: it’s about connecting devices over the internet, letting them talk to us, applications, and each other" (Kobie, 2015). According to Morgan (2014), it could be just about anything with an on or off switch. "This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig."
There are many issues concerning IoT. Security, privacy and data sharing, and how to use all of this data top the list (Morgan, 2014). The question is should this stop us from using it? We already use computers so another new device doesn't really add much more of a threat according to Kobie. Also all of this new realm of connection adds new experience. For example, "Bell’s telephone eventually took off not only because it offered faster communication, but because it created a more enriching – more human – experience" (Meyers, 2014). The Apple Watch has haptic feedback, biometric sensing, and integrated notifications that connect people to where they are. Most of the hype has come from efficiency, but as demonstrated above social experience could be largely affected as well (Meyers, 2014).
My IoT Object
I always wish that music could be matched to my mood. I can never decide what to listen to, and no matter how many times I arrange my playlist it is never right the next time. I know we are getting closer to this with choosing what you like and dislike. The problem is our likes and dislikes change so often. In the classroom, I let my students listen to music in class. I don't always let them pick. I would be much more open to music if music was chosen for them so they didn't waste so much time search for the right song. Then after that song is over the trend repeats. So much time is wasted.
To make this device I would imagine many sensors to take various body vitals. Then these vitals would have to be matched to music you like to listen to with a particular set of vitals. I'm not really sure if this would work or not, but it would be really cool if it did.
Kobie, N. (2015, May 06). What is the internet of things? Retrieved June 13, 2016, from https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/06/what-is-the-internet-of-things-google
Meyers, M. (2014, December 03). Can the Internet of Things make education more student-focused? - Government 2020. Retrieved June 13, 2016, from http://government-2020.dupress.com/can-internet-things-make-education-student-focused/
Morgan, J. (2014, May 13). A Simple Explanation Of 'The Internet Of Things' Retrieved June 13, 2016, from http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobmorgan/2014/05/13/simple-explanation-internet-things-that-anyone-can-understand/#292f436f6828