By Katia Moskvitch , BBC News, June 2, 2011
“Imagine googling your home to find your child’s lost toy.
Or remotely turning on the tumble dryer for yet another cycle – after it has texted you that the clothes were still damp.
Or your plant tweeting you to be watered.
It might have been sci-fi just a decade ago, but with the internet forcing its way into every aspect of our lives, cyberspace is leaking out into the real world.
In the past few months, companies ranging from giants such as Google to small start-ups have been touting the possibility of interconnecting people and objects – lightbulbs, fridges, cars, buildings – to create an internet of things.
Many say this is a trend bound to hit us all in the near future.”