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1.4 Connected objects

There are now more connected objects than there are people on the planet, but what connected objects exist where you live?

A photograph of a tablet being held in the hands of a man who is out of shot.
Figure 3 Thinking about connected objects

Activity 1 Thinking about connected objects

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

Can you think of an example of a connected object you’re using? What communication network does it use? How does it make use of data? And how does this benefit you?

Thingful [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] is a search engine for the internet of things that provides a unique geographical index of connected objects around the world.

Type in the name of your city and see what devices you can find there.


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