Defining the Internet of Things is like describing a platypus: a complex, highly adaptable animal.
Ask experts and you might hear, "The Internet of Things is a model that uses networks of Internet-enabled devices without human intervention." Or: "The Internet of Things is manufactured things connected to the Internet."
The biggest IoT players are large brands headquartered elsewhere: Google Inc., Amazon.com Inc., General Electric, Medtronic Inc., IBM Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., and Microsoft Corp. However, many major Michigan-based companies — Ford Motor Co., Dow Chemical Co., Herman Miller — and state-based start-up firms are vying for a slice of the IoT pie.
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