Self-driving cars, drones, robots, intelligent toys, and the entire Internet of Things (IoT) fit into the broad emerging frontier of Intelligent Things. It isn’t so much the intelligence that drives them (likely AI or Machine Learning) as it is the transformation of our engagement with the real world into a realm where learners can expect constructive interaction and responsive from the non-human things they encounter.
As one example, telepresence robots combine a mobile base with a small screen placed roughly at the height of a person—think of a tablet computer atop a mop handle anchored to a rolling platform. A remote user controls the robot by means of a tablet or browser, allowing the unit to be positioned in various places in the room and the head to turn at various angles.
The practical, affordable potential of intelligent things is finally here thanks to advances in computing, networks and mechanical engineering.