Along with networks going into new places, new things are being connected to the network. With this comes radical changes, for newly connected devices access information and perform differently, or enable people to perform differently.
Such things range from personal devices like consumer electronics and washing machines to hardware in broader systems like vending machines, highway toll readers and electronic signs.
Networked TiVo brings Internet life to the digital video recorder box. In healthcare, Bluetooth wireless technology enables devices to monitor blood pressure and glucose levels and heart and pulse rhythms within a 10-meter range, freeing patients from hospital beds.
Utility companies are also starting to use this technology to remotely monitor meters and detect and resolve issues.