“The earth willhave an electronicskin in the next 10years.”What do you think this statement means?Discuss in groups, you can make any notes inthe space provided below.Your skin is amazing.Your skin tells your body so much information:temperature, pressure, humidity, texture.Using the information from the skin on your hands you havean idea about the size of what you are holding and senseany movement in the air such as wind.The statement shown at the start was said by Neil Gross who is aprofessor of sociology and a visiting scholar of New York University’sInstitute for Public Knowledge.He is telling us that in the next 10years the planet earth will have an electronic skin.The Earth will usethe internet to send data and information about its senses.The skin is already being made, we already have a lot of smart devicesconnected to the internet that tell us about temperature, pollution,sound, pressure and much more.ProgrammingTechnology has a language. It’s called code. Coding is an essential skill. Learning to codeteaches you how to solve problems and work in creative ways. It helps you build software tobrings your ideas to life. Everyone should have the opportunity to create something that canchange the world.
The missing piece is programs that can use this information.With smart programmes and theelectronic skin connecting all the sensors together we can make systems to monitor thedifferent Emirates, cities, endangered species, the atmosphere, our ships, roads, delivery lorriesand much more.What other ways do you think a fully connected smart Earth can help us?How can a connected Earthhelpus?Interesting to knowIn technology, the phrase ‘Internet of Things’means the connections between object otherthan the normal devices such as a computer orlaptop. For example, a smart kettle could connectto your internet, know when you are awake andboil the kettle before you even enter the kitchen.
Your HomeRemotely manage your house. Let it make smart decisions for you. Let itsave you money on your monthly bills.Keep your plants aliveWifi Plant Watering Sensor System. This canmonitor the amount of water in the soil andautomatically water your plants as needed.Avoid disastersSensors that can monitor water pressure.Ifa pipe was to burst it can automatically turnoff your water to stop the house flooding.Did I leave the oven on?Smart sockets allow you to turn things onand off in your house even when you are inanother location such as school or work.
Repair before you know itSensors installed in equipment can alertyou that they are ready to be replaced.Thismeans you can fix the part before it breaks,meaning no downtime.