To paraphrase Dr. Evil, there will be ONE MILLION . . . sorry, ONE HUNDRED BILLION, devices on the internet in the coming years. Some call this trend "machine to machine", or "M2M" because these machines will talk to each other, and they will. Others call it ubiquitous computing or "ubicomp" for short. Others say its "the internet of things" or "ambient intelligence." Predictions run from 75 billion (with a "b"!) devices to as many as 7 trillion (with a "t"!) devices, connected to the internet within the next few years. This not counting computers, and not counting cell phones. Here is a video from MAYA Design about this very thing.
Today electronic gadget devices touch us all, like our light timers and garage door openers. Most refer to all this as "consumer electronics" or CE, (think of the annual Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, CES). I call this trend of smart, wireless, personal consumer electronics, consumer electronics version and release 2.0. And these new devices will soon change everything about the US$350 billion dollar global consumer electronics industry.