Internet of Things Keynote #2: What is the Internet of Things?

The blog post is based on an Internet of Things (IoT) keynote presented by Tyson Tuttle, CEO of Silicon Labs, at 2014 IIC CEO Summit in Shanghai under the title of “How the IoT Will Change Our World.” At the summit, Tyson introduced Silicon Labs’ broad portfolio of energy-friendly solutions for IoT applications and how IoT will impact embedded designers and a wide range of markets, from consumer to industrial. 

What is IoT

Many of you have heard the fable of a group of blind men who are trying to figure out what an elephant is by touching different parts such as its tusks, trunk and ears. Despite encountering all these different pieces of information, they cannot figure out what the elephant is. But then they start talking, listening to each other, sharing and collaborating, and ultimately they “see” the full picture – that all these parts add up to the elephant.

quote-2This fable is very much a harbinger of what the Internet of Things is going to be. Today we see many different parts of the next evolution of connected devices that comprise the IoT. Over time the IoT is going to be very much like this fabled elephant — that it will be much, much bigger than any of us can imagine it being today.

The term “Internet of Things” dates back to 1999 when the British sensor researcher Kevin Ashton (working at the time for Procter & Gamble) is believed to be the first person to use the term in a presentation. Ashton later wrote an influential article about the IoT for the RFID journal, and his predictions are turning out to be on target.


We view the Internet of Things to be the next evolution of computing, which is adding sensing, processing and communications technologies to electronic “things” in our everyday lives to make them more useful.

According to the research firm Gartner, “The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment.”

The Internet has transformed numerous industries and created new markets. In the next phase of development, the Internet of Things is positioned to do much more.

All the different electronic devices in our lives are ultimately going to be connected together, and that’s going to make them more useful and powerful for all of us.

Continue to read the keynote: Internet of Things Keynote #3: Smartphones are big. The IoT is going to be a lot bigger

Visit our Internet of Things page to learn more about our low power embedded solutions. 

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