My First Robot and the Internet Of Things
I also recently bought a DropCam which is a video camera that is connected to the internet. This camera allows me to see the 2 playrooms upstairs and talk to my kids from my phone, tablet, or PC (God forbid I have to walk upstairs...) whether I'm in the house or on a trip.
Recently, I took a trip to Disney world and set my NEST thermostat to "away" which keeps the house from going over 86 degrees but stays off otherwise. About an hour after I left home, I got a very disconcerting alert while I was in the car: "MOTION DETECTED UPSTAIRS". $#*!. OK, probably a false alarm. Nope, five minutes later, again, and again. So I opened the app to see what was going on. I couldn't see anyone in the house but something had to be wrong because I never got these alerts before. Then it hit me. I never got the alerts before because I never set NEST to AWAY before. Yes, I had connected NEST to Dropcam and since I was "away" Dropcam automatically put itself into away mode and started sending me alerts. That's when I noticed there was a half filled helium balloon that was moving ever so slightly.
This is the "Internet of Things" where things work together intelligently. Some of the applications today are not too practical but we are headed for a time where we will have all sorts of new conveniences due to the connected state of our world.
I also have the WEMO light switches which are connected to the internet allowing me to turn off lights anywhere in the house. One comes on automatically with motion. Using IFTTT (If This, Then That), I can program these devices to come on automatically at different times when I set my NEST to away or at specific times for any number of reasons.