Rise of the Machines: Internet-Connected Devices


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There are billions today, and by the end of the decade, there are expected to be 200 billion more: connected devices.

Whether it's the light bulb, door lock, thermostat or car, Web-enabled objects hold the promise of making our lives easier and more efficient. Variously called the Internet of Things and M2M (machine-to-machine) technology, this market is estimated to generate $8.9 trillion in worldwide revenue by 2020.

In this special report, we look at the challenges of the connected home and office, the products worth watching, why the sporting world is tapping into this technology, and how your pet can get in on some of the action.

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