Machine-to-Machine (M2M)

M2M refers to technologies that allow both wireless and wired systems to communicate with other devices of the same ability.
Visionary product manufacturers and service companies are already using embedded computing and networking technologies to deliver smart remotely monitorable goods that will support entirely new modes of customer interaction and service delivery. Millions of devices, are currently being connected to the Internet. The types of devices being connected today extend far beyond the laptops and cell phones we have become so accustomed to. Today, virtually all products that use electricity – from toys and coffee makers to cars and medical diagnostic machines – possess inherent data processing capability. Any manufactured object has the potential to be networked.
In the long run, such M2M applications will create many new automated services. These “invisible” services will be much more important to business – and to the evolution of our economy – than today’s cumbersome services. The value of future products will require manufacturers to outfit their products with intelligence and connectivity.

From telematics to smart grid to telehealth, M2M technologies stretch across multiple industries to create a dynamic M2M eco-system.

Embedded Mobile (EM) refers to a family of devices and services that use wide‐area mobile network technologies to enable communications between machines themselves and also with humans.

Internet coke machine

The Internet Coke Machine (circa 1982 by a group of students at Carnegie Mellon University) is an internet-connected soda vending machine that allows customers to check the availability status of soda remotely using a finger interface.
According to various sources, Internet Coke Machine is widely considered one of the very first Internet appliances.