Out of Milk?

By: BB2040 Editorial Team

MICROARTICLE Networks Wissensstadt Berlin 2021

Published on June 26, 2021

The Internet of Things (IoT) describes a vision of ubiquitous connectivity, a mesh of every place, everything and everybody. Smart objects have sensors and programmed communication capabilities that allow them to interact in a network with other (smart) objects and get in touch with humans through user interfaces. [1] To stay with a well known example, smart refrigerators let us know when the milk is almost empty [2], or even order fresh milk automatically. This everyday example illustrates the potential in terms of increased efficiency that the IoT promises. 

In addition to the industrial and efficiency-driven use of the Internet of Things, this technology also enables the monitoring of natural processes. For example the digitization of the forest—or the “Internet of Trees”—refers to forests linked to the Internet. The measurement of air temperature, humidity and other indicators allows forest fires to be detected at an early stage to warn local authorities and populations [3].

[1] Greenfield, A. (2017). Radical technologies: The design of everyday life. Verso. New York.

[2] Vice (2016). Fridges of the Future Will Tell You When Your Milk Is Going Bad. https://www.vice.com/en/article/z4gzvw/fridges-of-the-future-will-tell-you-when-your-milk-is-going-bad [Accessed 21.06.2021]

[3] Internet of Trees http://internetoftrees.tech [Accessed 21.06.2021] 




A not-very-smart fridge © Rosa Hanhausen


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