Whenever we discuss our vision for the Internet of Things (IoT), there’s an implicit understanding that it’s an extension of the company’s mobile-first, cloud-first strategy—which essentially refers to how we can help empower people to be productive and do more across all devices.
The realization of this vision is the marriage of devices and the cloud. As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said earlier in the year, “[The] cloud that is not connected to devices is just latent potential because how does the cloud interact with the real world? It is through being able to get to devices. It could be a sensor, it could be a mobile device, it could be a tablet, it could be a big screen in a conference room or a living room. And likewise, a device which is not connected to the cloud just cannot complete the scenarios.”
And while our focus for IoT is frequently on how businesses can benefit, there’s a tremendous amount of potential for the individual, as well.
A great example of this is the Microsoft Band. If you haven’t heard about it already, the Microsoft Band is a wearable device that fits around your wrist. Its ten sensors—and corresponding Azure-based Microsoft Health app—generate data about your heart rate, calories burned, sleep quality and activities throughout the day, sending that rich information to the cloud where services such as HD Insight process it to help optimize your workout routine.
The Microsoft Band brings to light the potential of IoT through the combination of devices and sensors to generate data, and the ability of first-party services to use that data in providing valuable insights that can help transform your processes and performance.
You can learn more about the Microsoft Band and Microsoft Health app here.