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A social networking system that controls all IoT devices

24 August 2016

According to YouTube channel PatentYogi, Facebook plans to allow users to register IoT devices with their Facebook accounts to help control their connected world.

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It has been estimated that approximately 5 billion devices are connected to the internet as of now. This is expected to dramatically increase in the next decade; some say it will reach 50 billion devices in the next five years. These devices will lead to connected cars, homes, clothing and healthcare. For the healthcare sector alone, the IoT market is estimated to reach $117 billion by 2020, covering wearables that capture patient data to devices that help hospitals track medicine. 

There are also platforms that are being developed by individuals, these will become more standardised over time so that various IoT devices can become connected. 

At the moment, users are able to remotely configure and control machines. For example, users can control thermostat settings via an app on their phone or retrieve vehicle diagnostic information using another application. With more devices becoming connected more applications are being downloaded on smartphones and tablets, making things unnecessarily complicated.

Facebook plans to change this.
It has been granted a patent to allow its users to register their IoT devices with their Facebook account. Facebook will then automatically identify registered machines and maintain a list of users who can control these machines along with their respective permissions. Types of machines include: a thermostat, car, drone, toaster, computer, refrigerator, air conditioning unit, robot or an actuator etc. Facebook will be able to directly interact with the registered devices by sending control signals to the devices to perform required actions. 

This will allow people to use a single smartphone application to control all IoT devices. Users can also give other people permission to use the connected devices via their Facebook account.  

PatentYogi is a patent services firm that helps inventors file patents for their inventions across the world. 

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