The internet of things is going to change everything. Pretty soon every inanimate item we interact with will be receiving, transmitting, or collecting data to enhance our lives.
But where’s the beef?
Where will we see it? How will we feel it? Will a toaster oven have a keyboard? Is a water cooler going to come with a built in monitor? If the internet of things will control the air we breathe and the food we eat how will we be able to make sure all of this is safe?
Gartner, Inc. estimates that 9.7 billion things, from lamp posts, to fire hydrants, office equipment, and more will be connected by 2020. Here are some examples:
Smart LED lighting will rise 6 million units this year to 570 million units by 2020. Light will no longer just make it easier to see where you are going. It will become a communications carrier transmitting information about your safety, health, pollution and comfort.
But where is the button that can configure the lights to “Turn off at 10PM. Illuminate at half level in the evenings. Turn living room light on at 2PM so a passerby will think there is someone home?”
California is putting sensors inside local highways to determine traffic conditions in real time. The city of Los Angeles has been planting new parking meters with sensors to monitor parking patterns throughout the day.
Selling the Sizzle of the IoT
The internet of things sounds like a virtual dream. We can wake up to our alarm clock going off at a certain time, and playing a certain tune based on the weather outside – which was communicated from a sensor on your roof to your clock. Ten minutes after the alarm stops, if your smartwatch indicates your pulse dropped down to a level indicating that you fell back to sleep, it will tell the alarm clock to go off again, this time playing something a little more serious. If it’s a workday, the smartwatch can even communicate to the fire alarm to go off long enough to wake you, but not enough to alert the fire department.
We wake up and turn on the light. A device in the light will communicate to the coffee station to start brewing the good stuff. Based on the weather, number of times you fell back to sleep, the time that elapsed between when the alarm first went off and you turned on the light, and your past choices in similar situations, the coffee station will decide whether or not to activate the espresso maker instead.
We get dressed and walk out the door. The moment we punch in the alarm code, the car starts, and begins to heat up. If you forgot to go to the bathroom or left without your phone, that’s fine. The car knows to automatically shut off after 5 minutes unless a car door opens.
But how do we see it? How can we control it? How are we able to decide that on a Sunday the car shouldn’t start automatically, or if we fall asleep after first call, the alarm clock – and especially the fire alarm should take the rest of the day off.
How do we configure all this? How do we control it? How do we perform mobile testing on it so nothing goes wrong with our home?
Where’s the Beef?
Where is the User Interface for all of this? Where do we manage our car door, toaster oven, alarm clock, and coffee machine all at once?
Ultimate control has to stay in the hands of the user – you. You must be the king of your own castle with the power to manage your own living environment – especially from items you bought with your hard earned money!
Enter the mobile application. The beefy heart of the Internet of Things.
A mobile application operating on a mobile device lets you manipulate every thing connected, from anywhere you are, and at any time of the day. The end game for the Internet of Things is a human being manipulating and controlling it all from a smartphone or a tablet. The most convenient way for that to happen is through a series of powerful mobile applications.
These mobile applications will have control over our food, our safety, even our time. They better work, and they better work perfectly. Mobile testing has to take a giant leap forward to handle this critical responsibility.
Mobile application testing for the internet of things, including wearables, must be able to test anything we can attach an IP address to. The functionality of these things will be limited. The mobile applications are their “brains.” They will have more extensibility.
Experitest’s SeeTest product suite is one of the first mobile testing tool’s to test for externals like watches and related wearables. Experitest offers the ability to test a mobile device along with the thing it is manipulating, displaying every step in the process for both the device and its connected item.
As technology expands and an exponential rate, your safe with the mobile testers who know how to stay ahead of it all and are ready for everything.