The Internet of Things a connected network of objects that have the ability to share data from the device to another object. This can be as simple as the heat of a room measured by a thermometer, the flow of a pipe or the status of traffic lights. The connection between these elements using the Internet to communicate and collaborate.
When we state ‘the Internet’ we mean the original TCP/IP connections to transmit data, not necessarily communicating through web or email based systems.
So, if the Internet, and primarily the web, is populated by human beings sharing and creating actions, so the Internet of Things is a network of objects sharing data between themselves.