Is your TV connected to the Internet? What about your chair, or your fridge? Probably they are not. But in the future, most things in your home may be connected, thanks to the so-called “Internet of things”.
The Internet of things may be coming sooner than you think. Earlier this year, Samsung CEO spent a lot of time talking about the Internet things. He said that five years from now, every Samsung product will be part of the Internet of things, no matter whether it’s a remote control or a washing machine.
So, how do household(家用的) objects that are part of the Internet of things work? Well, think of a common chair. When connected to the Internet, the chair warms up when it knows the user has just walked into the room and is feeling cold.
An Internet-connected camera could help people feel safer in their homes. It can know people’s faces and has an infrared sensor(红外传感器), so even if it’s dark it can see when someone passes by and send you a message on your smartphone to let you know who’s there. If the person is someone you don’t know, it can tell you that, too.
But according to MIT Technology Roview, whether companies are connecting dog food bowls or security (安全) systems to the Internet, there may be some problems. For example, many early connected-home objects don’t have much built-in security, which means they could be hacked(被黑客攻击). Moreover, it could be difficult to get these new machines to work together especially when they are made by different companies. To fight this, many companies have joined the Open Interconnect Consortium, which had 45 members by late 2014.
So, picture this: you enter your home. The temperature changes to make you feel comfortable. Your favorite music starts playing for you. Do you think that this would be a good thing? It may happen sooner than you think.
( ) 1. The Samsung CEO's speech is mentioned to prove that ______.
A. Samsung has produced the Internet of things recently
B. the Internet of things will appear in our daily life sooner
C. Samsung products have been part of the Internet of things
D. he spent a lot of time talking about the Internet of things
( ) 2. We can infer(推断)from paragraphs 3 and 4 that ______.
A. the chair can know whether the user feels cold or not
B. a usual chair can warm up when it knows the user comes in
C. an Internet-connected camera can be used to take photos in the house
D. an Internet-connected camera can be connected to the user's smartphone
( ) 3. Paragraph 5 is mainly about ______.
A. the possible problems of “the Internet of things”
B. the problems with early connected-home objects
C. how to get different new machines working together
D. how to solve the “the Internet of things” problems
( ) 4. Which of the following words best describes the writer’s tone(语气) in the article?
A. Worried B. Doubtful C. Hopeful D. Humorous
1B 2D 3A 4C