The Terms “Connected” vs “Smart” Can Be Confusing When Talking About The IoT
Replacing manual household work with computers and sensors, we have come a long way. We have grown so used to the terms “smart” and “connected” that we use them interchangeably. However, in reality, they don’t really mean the same. Let’s take a look at the difference between them.
Connected devices, as described by the duo, have ports, antennae and protocols that facilitate communication between a product and its operating environment.
Window or door sensors that can track your house’s entrance is a great example of a connected device. On the other hand, smart devices are made of data storage, controls, sensors, microprocessors, software, and usually, an OS as well. For instance, a smartphone lets you connect to the internet and as well as applications. A true smart home is one whose every aspect can be controlled remotely via your personal device.
Regarding TVs, there are two key differences between a smart and regular TV. Smart TVs can access the internet, can connect to apps, and usually come with in-built services like YouTube or Netflix. Regular TVs, unfortunately, cannot say the same.
An easy way to make a regular TV smart is to use third-party devices like Google Chromecast. IoT is an umbrella term that represents devices connected to the internet, such as wearable tech, connected cars, smart clothing, smart homes, and more.
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