PRE-google_glassesMOBILE – More than 6 Billion mobile devices being used by more than 3 billions people.  Smartphone unit sales alone are expected to top $1 billion in 2014.

SENSORS – Those devices are equipped with sensors to gather data.  IBM predicts that there will be a trillion sensors by 2015.

CLOUD COMPUTING – That data lives online where is can be accessed instantly. Public web services such as Dropbox are expected to be a $73 billion market by 2015.

BIG DATA – Networks of computers can now process those trillions of bits of information coming from all those sensors in mere seconds.