Heard about the Internet of Things (IoT) yet? If not, you soon will. Some major players, like Internet giant Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), iPhone momma Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), and telecom carrier AT&T (NYSE: T) are all looking at ways to bring IoT--a "networked connection of people, processes, data and things" by Cisco's definition--to consumers. They're particularly looking to compete in the home. FierceWirelessTech's Monica Alleven takes a deeper look at the next generation of networking in this special report.