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The first “smart” device in the world is said to be a soda machine connected to the internet made by a student too lazy to walk to another building to check if there was any Coke in it. That was in 1982.

Today, thanks to cheap processors and sensors, it is possible to include almost anything into the Internet of Things, from smart pills to whole buildings.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.