The Internet of Things
It's a concept that's been around since 1999, but with the rapid advancement of smart technology in the last few years, it has become the catchphrase of current times. The question is, what does the vague and rather scary-sounding phrase actually mean? On a very basic level, it refers to things that are connected to the Internet and that have the power to collect, exchange and act on data - and we're not just talking smartphones; we're talking anything from toothbrushes to streetlights. But beyond that, the concept's meaning and implications for future home life are a little unclear. If you're keen to really get to grips with the phase, here's a fascinating short clip that explains it well. To learn more about a range of futuristic, Web-controlled appliances that are currently on the shelves, pick up our December 2015 issue.