Is it IoT or NoT?

Is it IoT or NoT?

Most of us know what IoT is and what devices are considered to be an IoT device. But when is a device not IoT-related?

The definition of IoT is different depending on who you ask. Do an online search and you will quickly discover thousands of results. Many articles will state that IoT devices simply extend Internet connectivity beyond desktop computers. Most definitions will agree that the following conditions must be met for a device to be considered IoT:

  • Connectivity to the cloud
  • Unique identifier, such as an IP address
  • Sensors, such as a thermometer, microphone, motion detector or photodiode
  • Processing of data, such as through a System on a Chip (SoC), Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) or in the cloud
  • No human interaction required

This means that IoT can fit into almost every vertical and niche. It's like every new device coming into the market today is IoT. So what things are NOT IoT devices?

The following things are typically not considered IoT devices:

  • Desktop Computers
  • Laptops
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets

You may say, "But, wait. My watch can replace my smartphone. What makes it IoT and not my smartphone?" An Internet connected smartwatch is a wearable device with sensors and on-board processing. Internet connected wearables are considered IoT devices -- almost by default. A smartphone is not a wearable.

While a smartwatch requires interaction to use it, some data (heart rate, step count and so on) is transmitted to the cloud where it can be further processed. An example of the resulting date is the calories burned. The transmission and processing of the calories burned required no interaction from the wearer, other than a possible trigger pull, such as clicking 'send to cloud' or 'plugging in to sync'.

In many cases, the lines are blurred between what can be considered IoT-based on most definitions and what can't be. This same argument will play out between what is or is not Artificial Intelligence (AI) as many IoT devices are already making decisions through machine learning.

Can you think of any other things not typically considered IoT? Don't agree with my list or explanation? Let us know by clicking here!


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