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Why you should be developing for the Internet of Things

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If you’re not developing for the IoT yet, here are a few reasons why you should seriously consider it

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If you thought the invention of the World Wide Web resulted in massive business and societal change, you haven’t seen anything yet! The Internet of Things has been described as the evolution of the Internet, and it has the potential to drastically transform lives and industries.

Until now, only humans were able to connect to the Internet. The new era of connectivity sees everyday objects equipped with network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data without any human interaction.

If you’re not developing for the IoT yet, here are a few reasons why you should seriously consider it:

  1. It’s going to become commonplace. Gartner predicts that the total number of connected “things” will grow to 26 billion units by 2020, while Cisco puts this figure at 50 billion. Currently, 99% of things in the world are not connected, presenting a huge opportunity for developers. Soon, nearly every device will need built-in, secure, interconnected intelligence – why not get a head start?

  2. It will change and save lives. The IoT could make the management of chronic diseases easier and programmed. People with diabetes, for example, could wear a device that monitors their blood sugar levels. When levels spike, the device automatically releases insulin, eliminating the need for patients to constantly monitor their glucose levels and preventing serious complications. Or imagine being directed to an open parking bay via a sensor in your car, or being able to turn on your lights at home from the office. The IoT can make us happier, healthier and more productive.

  3. It will transform existing industries and create entirely new ones. The possibilities presented by the IoT are limited only by our imaginations. Sensors in delivery vans could communicate with sensors in traffic lights and other objects around the city to map the quickest destination route, saving time and lowering fuel bills. We never thought we needed a device that tells us what’s in our fridge until someone developed it – what other inventions can you think up?

  4. Intel’s IoT Developer Kit gives you everything you need to get started. The complete hardware and software solution allows developers to create exciting new solutions with the Intel Galileo and Intel Edison boards. Join the community and download FREE instruction manuals and step-by-step guides, and get support from other makers as well as information on upcoming hackathons, roadshows and conferences.

With Intel and the IoT, you can rethink where and how computing is possible. Become an Intel maker today and make things, solve problems, learn and have fun. Find out more here.

Intel® Developer Zone for IoT

Start inventing today with the Intel® IoT Developer Program which offers knowledge, tools, kits and a community of experts to quickly and easily turn your innovative ideas into IoT Solutions.

Dream it, Build it with the Intel® IoT Developer Kit for Intel® Edison and Intel® Galileo platforms. These kits are versatile, performance-optimized and fully integrated end-to-end IoT solutions supporting a variety of programming environments, tools, security, cloud connectivity and hardware.

For more resources and to learn how the new Intel® IoT Developer Kit v1.0 can help streamline your IoT projects:


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