There are now more than half a billion connected devices, which outnumbers people in U.S. homes. Fueled by the accelerated adoption of smartphones and tablets, as well as expanded offerings for alternative connected devices, by 2015, the number of networked devices is expected to grow to double the world’s population.
According to IDC, worldwide shipments of smart connected devices grew more than 29 percent in 2012, reaching more than 1 billion devices shipped. The largest growth was in tablet ownership – up more than 78 percent. Tablet and smartphone utilization has increased across the board as more options for devices and operating systems have emerged, and faster data service like 4G LTE have improved user experience. Now new types of connected devices are emerging in the marketplace as Internet connectivity spreads to smart accessories and everyday items.
Cameras, like the Samsung Galaxy Camera, incorporate the same operating systems and 4G LTE network capabilities as smartphones, allowing users to share photos instantly through social media. Fitness and health buffs monitor their exercise and sleep habits through wearable fitness trackers like UP by Jawbone and Fitbit that sync to smartphones and tablets.
And now, even connected cars are a reality, begging the question: What will be connected next?