Look around. What do you see? That's right. Things. Big things, little things, medium sized things - and increasingly, intelligent, internet-connected things. It's called the internet of things, and as Patrick Goss explains, it's either thrilling or frightening. There are all kinds of possibilities: self-monitoring street lights, intelligent car parks, or the security services could use your devices to track your every movement - which they're apparently doing already.
The internet of things is based on ever smaller, ever cheaper sensors, networked via Wi-Fi or low-power Bluetooth connections - and the same tech that's driving those things is also turning up on people's wrists. While some smartwatches have been pretty disappointing so far, Hugh Langley is thoroughly impressed by the Pebble. It may look like a watch but that e-ink display handles texts, tweets, Facebook updates, Google Maps, Snapchat notifications… it also controls your music and can accept or reject incoming calls.
The Pebble smartwatch connects to your phone via Bluetooth 4.0, and there's a new, internet-of-things-friendly version of the Bluetooth standard coming to a thing near you. For now, such things are still in the fairly distant future - but we're about to see a whole bunch of tasty tech that'll go on sale much sooner than that. Yep, it's nearly time for the CES 2014 bonanza.
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