The emerging Internet of Things (IoT) is all about connecting machines and systems together via sensors and actuators, collecting and acting on meaningful information to enhance our productivity and efficiency. But the biggest appeal of this technology is having an environmentally cleaner, productive and better quality of life. So, waking up to smart living and working is indeed a brand new dawn.

We're talking about IoT driving the proliferation of connected devices from around a billion-plus today to over 50 billion in the next decade. By doing so, IoT takes the meaning of inter-connectivity to a whole new level.

After years of just dreaming about it, you now can buy a wide variety of gadgets to control everything - from lights and room temperature to door locks and window shades — with the click of a mouse, a tap on a screen, or voice command.