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10 Machines You Probably Didn't Know Were Online

10 billion devices are connected to the Industrial Internet today. And we're not just talking about modems.

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1. Wind Turbines

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The future is here. Wind turbines can now talk to each other online and adjust the pitch of their blades in unison — any way the wind blows — all thanks to thousands of sensors. Unfortunately, they'll blow you off if you try to friend them on Facebook.

3. CT Scanners

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Beds aren't the only thing going online. In Washington state, one hospital connected their CT scanners to the cloud, giving specialists real-time access to images. And with new dose management software, ionized radiation levels continue to drop.

8. Utility Poles

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While broadband over power lines is still under development, new grid management systems promise to predict and prevent outages by harvesting Twitter, satellite, and census data. Oh, the technology is also gesture-controlled — à la Minority Report.

9. Ship Propellers

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While you won't find them live-tweeting their trip, ship propellers are online too — connected by tiny sensors in the ship's engine, reporting back on performance and power output. Still, it'd be nice if they Instagrammed some dolphins or something.

10. Street Lights

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Earlier this year, San Diego became the first city to connect its street lights to the Industrial Internet. That means every light features auto-brightness, and broken lights are fixed immediately. This same technology can even extend to traffic lights.

When machines and minds communicate, the conversation can change the world. Learn more about the next Industrial Revolution at

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