NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization, today announced the results of a survey that gathered insights from more than 1,200 Facebook members, which includes engineers and technologists, on the future of the Internet of Things, the developing ecosystem of Internet-connected devices. The Internet of Things is quickly becoming a reality as manufacturers are increasingly linking "things", such as smartphones, appliances, cars and machines, to the Internet and to each other.
Work > Play As the Internet of Things continues to develop and expand, much discussion revolves around the role that connected devices will play in users' everyday lives. IEEE's survey identified the ways in which consumers envision using connected devices. A surprising
65 percent of respondents said they are most interested in using connected devices to improve their work productivity, versus interest in managing their homes (
14 percent), interest in improving their commutes (
12 percent) or interest in improving their health (
"As the Internet of Things evolves, we're discovering the varied ways connected devices can improve every aspect of our lives," said IEEE Senior Member Raul Colcher of Brazil. "People have always been most interested in technology that provides an immediate benefit, and connected devices can meet consumer need for instant, gratifying results that enhance quality of life. While one might imagine that improving the quality of ones' personal life would be most important, the overwhelming majority of survey respondents are most interested in using connected devices in the office. This statistic provides great insight about the types of devices that will be most well-received in the future."