More than 10 billion wireless devices are connected to the Internet and that number continues to grow daily. These devices are able to transfer volumes of information to each other without any human interaction.

The “Internet of Things” can provide economic growth opportunities, as well as challenges, for businesses and entrepreneurs, says IT Brief, a Walnut, Calif.-based firm that gathers news and insights for IT professionals.

The following seven “Internet of Things” may surprise you, says IT Brief.

No. 1
Implanted Defibrillators

Heart implant defibrillators have wireless capability and can send data directly to a doctor’s office, and increasingly to other devices, such as a smartphone. Former Vice President Dick Cheney had the wireless functionality of his heart implant defibrillator disabled to avoid any potential assassination attempt.