You might be wondering if smart TV is an IOT device that it will make smart TV equivalent to laptops or smartphones. Right?
The most straightforward answer to this question is ‘No.’
This topic is much more important than what you think, as you might have many questions in mind, like ‘Why is a smart TV, not an IOT device?’
So, let’s start the proceedings:
Why is a Smart TV, not an IOT Device?
You must first know that the main thing that makes smart TV a non-IOT device is that it does not have any ability to which it can collect data via sensors and connect to external devices wirelessly.
Now, let’s have a look at all reasons why it is a smart TV, not an IOT device:
While Smart TVs can connect to the internet, they typically have limited connectivity when compared to dedicated IOT devices.
In other words, they can’t be connected to networks and services, such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular networks.
Smart TVs are designed primarily for entertainment, with a focus on streaming content and gaming. In contrast, IoT devices are designed for a wide range of purposes, such as home automation, health monitoring, and security. Smart TVs lack the sensors and capabilities required for these functions.
Lack of interoperability:
IoT devices are designed to work together seamlessly, with a focus on interoperability and communication between devices. But at the moment, Smart TVs are often limited to specific platforms.
Smart TVs are already being criticized for their lack of security features, with some models vulnerable to hacking and other security threats. And IOT technology will just increase that thing.
Smart TVs are typically limited to the features that are built into the device at the time of purchase, unlike IOT devices.
What Makes a Device an IOT Device? – Characteristics of IOT Devices
A device is considered an IoT device if it is capable of connecting to the internet and exchanging data with other devices without human involvement.
In other words, every device that can create a network with other devices without the need for any medium (wirelessly) can be named an Internet of Things (IoT) device.
But this topic isn’t this small as there are a few characteristics as well that convert a simple electronic device into an IOT device:
- An IOT device must be able to connect to the internet and exchange data with other devices or services wirelessly. It means if any device can connect to Wi-Fi, it is an IOT device.
- It must have sensors or any machinery like them that can allow it to collect and act on data from the surroundings and other connected devices in the surrounding.
- It must be part of a larger network or system that allows it to work together with other devices to achieve a common goal.
The biggest example of this whole thing is “Apple devices.” All Apple devices are connected to each other without any wired networking.
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Can you turn a Smart TV into an IOT Device?
At the moment, smart TVs can’t turn into IOT (especially overnight). We are claiming this because this process will require a sensor and many other hardware components to be installed in the TV.
But we can’t say anything about the future as there are some rumors that say that smart TVs will definitely become IOT devices. But developers will do it after analyzing all advantages, disadvantages, and consequences of it.
Advantages of a Smart TV as an IOT device:
We can’t predict the future of smart TVs, but we can have a look at all advantages and disadvantages of smart TVs if they even become a part of the network of IOT devices.
So, let’s start with the advantages:
One of the most significant advantages of Smart TVs as IoT devices is the convenience they provide. There’s already a technology of smart home in which you can control smart appliances of your home while not being at home. Smart TVs will just be added to that smart home network.
Better User Experience:
There is a chance that in the future, smart TVs could be controlled with the help of AI-powered assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant from anywhere.
With this technology, watching streaming movies, TV shows, and other content from streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime will be super easy.
Smart TVs will have advanced connectivity options, which means you can connect your TV to the internet, other devices, and even other Smart TVs. This opens up a wide range of possibilities for entertainment and home automation.
Disadvantages of a Smart TV as an IOT device:
Knowing only one half of a case isn’t right at all, which is why we are here with disadvantages as well:
While some smart TVs support popular smart home platforms like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, not all smart TVs are compatible with all smart home devices. This will create a limitation line, but you never know 100% about the future. Right?
There are clear chances that when you buy Smart TVs with IOT technology, your privacy and data security will be at risk. It’s because smart TVs will collect data about your viewing habits and other personal information. It’s important to read the terms of service carefully! Got it?
Smart TVs are already quite expensive when compared with other (old) types of TVs. But when they’ll become IOT devices, smart TVs can be more expensive.
There is also a possibility that additional features of IOT will cost extra. Even a ‘per package program’ can be introduced, which means that you will need to pay every month to enjoy IOT features, just like streaming services.
The final verdict is smart TVs aren’t IOT devices, but they can become IOT in the future.
What are your thoughts on this?
Will you buy Smart TV in the future, which will also be an IOT device?
Do let us know!