Digital Output Sensors

Accelerometers that allow for digital connectivity.

The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) has been in existence since the late 1990s and promotes the concept of connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet and/or to each other. While IoT in the consumer sector provides convenience, it has a far more important role in industrial environments where it is known as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 

The interconnectivity of machines, devices (actuators/controllers/robots) and sensors via cloud computing can provide the ability for cognitive computing, which is the ability to aggregate and analyze tremendous volumes of data in order to output simplified results to user interfaces to assist with human decision-making processes.