By this point you’ve no doubt heard about the Internet of Things (IoT).

In a broad sense, the term refers to the connection of everyday machines and appliances—anything from jet engines to coffee makers and oil rigs—to the Web.

Right now, the IoT mainly conjures images of wired homes, where you can turn on your lights or open your garage door with a smartphone—or even a smartwatch—while Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats like Google’s Nest “learn” your schedule and adjust your house’s temperature accordingly.

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