History of the Internet of Things

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Did you know that first connected object was created before the invention of the world wide web, can you believe that?

A simplified version of the History of the Internet of Things

This is a brief version of the Internet of Things  history supported on the timeline.


Year 1982

In 1982 a vending machine was connected to the internet so that it was possible to check remotely if there were cold sodas, clever huh?!

Year 1990

In 1990 John Romkey demonstrated the first controlled toaster over the internet. Nice demo but useful only if you like cold toasts.

Year 1991

In 1991 the first World Wide Web page was created by Tim Berners-Lee. Yes it is! The first page of the Internet or WWW as we know.

Year 1995

In 1995 e-commerce was introduced by Amazon and Ebay (known to date as Echobay). These were the first to introduce online commerce and are still the most relevant in the market today.

Year 1998

In 1998 the concern with the limit of addresses provided by IPv4 leads to the creation of IPv6 that will introduce 2 ^ 128 new addresses available on the internet. Note that IPv4 supported only 2^32 results in more than 4 trillion IP addresses.

Year 1999

In 1999 the term “Internet of things” was introduced by Kevin Ashton of MIT. Kevin was the Executive Director of Auto-ID Labs.

Year 2000

In 2000 LG announced the smart refrigerator but it was too expensive to be successful in sales. It could keep a track of the stock inside through barcode or RFID scanning, with a touch screen on the front and an internet connection it enabled users to messaging through the fridge but $20,000 was just too much.

Year 2007

In 2007 the first IPhone was launched. This was definitely an important milestone in the evolution of smartphones. Previously there were mobile phones with smart capabilities, they had a physical keyboard and there were touch devices without the ability to make calls. Note that the first android smartphone was launched more than a year later.

Year 2008

In 2008 it was the first international conference on the Internet of Things. At this point, there were already more connected objects than people in the world.

Year 2009

Resultado de imagem para google self driving carIn 2009, Google started testing self-driving cars. Not expecting this one? It was full of technology and was also a connected “thing”, this project is still alive and is now known as Waymo.

Year 2011

In 2011 IPv6 was launched publicly which, as Steven Leibson said, has IP addresses for all atoms on the planet and there are still addresses for another 100 planets.

Year 2014

In 2014, Amazon launched Amazon Echo that sparked a market dispute for smart homes.

Year 2016

In 2016 GM, Lyft, Uber and Tesla are testing their self-driving cars.

Year 2017

From 2017, IoT continues to grow as more and more equipment penetrates the internet, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and increasingly cheaper chips proliferate.


In conclusion, the term was introduced in 1999 but the Internet of Things concept is much older than that, almost as old as the Internet itself.

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