See Internet of things IOT
Recently, Internet of things phrase has been around. This phrase was first spoken by Satya Nadella. CEO of Microsoft. See this video of how two girls are comparing IOT devices and normal devices.
Things are turning to be digital. Also Communication technologies have embedded so many devices that now even your appliances like fridge, washing machine, pitcher have been started to become online. These devices after becoming online and part of internet provide support to use through alerting and providing useful information about their status. This idea of Internet of things was discussed and actually started by the latest CEO of Microsoft.
He envisioned the era of Internet of things when all the appliance would be on internet. These devices would become intelligent by gathering sufficient information from neighborhood devices and search engines that they would provide us reasonable information rather then raw data. The main concept drawn was to facilitate us with not only smart phone, computers and smart watches. But to develop smart appliances. These appliances then links to other homed devices or in some other group to provide more meaningful collection of items available for us.
For example. In this video we can see that the pitcher has been integrated wifi. Its usage would be counted and send to seller company over the internet. The device would automatically order new water container when it would evaluate that the storage is going to finish. This way internet of things works.
There are security and privacy concerns in these devices. Hackers have stared new ways to get into these device and start capturing and racking the personal life. So in other words. It would take time for this technology to get matured.