In past articles, I’ve written quite a bit about the Internet of Things (IoT). They’ve centered around how you and your company need to adopt a platform-based test approach to prepare for the test challenges caused by the rapid change in device capabilities and integration of many technologies. I haven’t, however, talked much about the technologies driving and enabling the IoT.
With the introduction of the iPhone, wireless data became an indispensable part of everyday life for many. The transformational impact of the “Mobile Internet” seemingly came out of nowhere, as others quickly followed Apple’s lead and introduced highly functional smart devices. We reveled in all of the new and useful things we could do with our mobile devices.
Who still carries an iPod or even stores music on their phone anymore? I certainly don’t. I just use Spotify to stream my music of choice; I now have more than 20 million songs at my fingertips, whether I’m sitting in a coffee shop or driving across West Texas on vacation. Furthermore, I can FaceTime my daughter while she is away at college, even if she happens to be walking down 2nd Avenue in Manhattan when I call.