The term “Internet of Things” was first documented by British visionary Kevin Ashton in 1999.

The first Internet appliance was a Coke machine at Carnegie Melon University in the early 1980s. The programmers could connect to the machine over the Internet, check the status of the machine and determine whether or not there would be a cold drink awaiting them, should they decide to make the trip down to the machine.  Photo 1 of 1 in Meet the Good Guys Trying to Hack Your Smart Home