Simply put, "[t]he Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable it to achieve greater value and service by exchanging data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure", Wikipedia. The idea of connecting together all the electronics in a home is not a new idea, but only recently has it been possible to make this idea a reality for everyone. The idea of a WiFi connection between physical objects like dishwashers, washing machines and the like makes sense but it still has a Skynet feel to it and leaves one with a vague uneasiness.
The arrival of the IoT was precipitated by the laundry. With 13 bedrooms and 21 beds there are 30 to 35 loads of laundry done each after a set of guests leave. The household sized machines in the main house and guest house just were not big enough to accommodate the amount of laundry that is done in a reasonable time period. So the owner invested in new much larger machines for the main house which will reduce the number of loads and easily accommodate comforters making life easier.
One interesting aspect to the IoT on the estate is the downloadable application for a smart phone that allows one to remotely monitor and control their washer and dryer and instead of walking over to the main house the status of the wash can be checked from a phone. The only problem, I don't own a cell phone much less a smart phone, so I will continue to walk over.
|New washer and dryer, the IoT at the Painted Pony Resort.|