The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vision. It is being built today. The stakeholders are known, the debate has yet to start. In hundreds of years our real needs have not changed. We want to be loved, feel safe, have fun, be relevant in work and friendship, be able to support our families and somehow play a role - however small - in the larger scheme of things. So what will really happen when things, homes and cities become smart? The result will probably be an tsunami of what at first looks like very small steps, small changes. The purpose of Council is to follow and  forecast what will happen when smart objects surround us in smart homes, offices, streets, and cities.

Workshop: Sensing with Arduino and Electric Paint

Capacitive Sensing Workshop: Our friends at Codasign are running this great workshop using our Electric Paint.
Learn how to control sounds or light just through the wave of your hand in this capacitive sensing workshop with Arduino and Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint.
We’ll be teaching you how to utilise the capacitive sensing library for Arduino, so that pins on the board can detect electrical capacitance of the human body through a sensor that uses conductive paint.
 


Extended Call for Papers: CeDEM Asia 2014 (August 10 2014)

City University of Hong Kong, Danube University Krems, Nam Center for Korean Studies (University of Michigan), and Singapore Internet Research Centre (Nanyang Technological University) jointly organize the International Conference on e-Democracy and Open Government (CeDEM) Asia 2014, with an aim of bringing together researchers, policy-makers, industry professionals, and civil society activists to discuss the role of social and mobile media in the future of citizenship and governance, Read more about Extended Call for Papers: CeDEM Asia 2014 (August 10 2014)



Workshop by IDC and TXT on behalf of DG Connect

European Commission BU25 03/198
25 Avenue de Beaulieu B-1049
Brussels, Belgium
Time: 10.00-16.30
    
Source: „A convergence of rapidly maturing technologies and markets is driving the development of the Internet of Things, which is finally moving from the “visionary” phase to real applications and services. According to IDC, the number of IoT connections within the EU will increase from approximately 1.8 million in 2013 to almost 6 billion in 2020, with revenues over 1,100 €billion at the same date.


We Are What We Do: Digital games to help improve young people's mental health

Source: "One in four people will be affected by a mental health disorder at some point in their lives, half of which start by the age of 14.
 
We Are What We Do will develop digital game technology to help young people strengthen their emotional resilience and manage stress, with the ultimate result of increasing their well-being and reducing the incidence of mental health problems.


Amira Gabarin: Ofcom calls for input on Internet of Things

Source: „The broadcasting regulator Ofcom has today called for public input on how to harness the Internet of Things (IoT) – the rapidly approaching age in which even the smallest gadgets and household appliances will be able to communicate with each other, changing our lives in ways that we are only beginning to imagine.
As the gatekeeper of radio spectrum, Ofcom will have an important part to play in regulating and enabling this vast network of wireless devices


Patrick Tucker: The CIA Fears the Internet of Things

Source: „The major themes defining geo-security for the coming decades were explored at a forum on “The Future of Warfare” at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday, moderated by Defense One Executive Editor Kevin Baron.
 
Dawn Meyerriecks, the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency’s directorate of science and technology, said today’s concerns about cyber war don’t address the looming geo-security threats posed by the Internet of Things


Jon Bruner and the IoT+ Newsletter Team : Turtle Sense

Source: „Two million human visitors share the Cape Hatteras National Seashore with endangered turtles. To protect the turtle nests and hatchlings during the hatching period the beaches must be closed—but because it's difficult to gauge when exactly the baby turtles will hatch, the beach is closed for 6 weeks from the discovery of the nest. Nerds Without Borders has created nest monitor devices with a microcontroller, accelerometer, thermometer,
 


Internet of Things Comes to Life at Apigee's "I Love APIs" Conference

Source: „ Apigee(R) today released new details about the "I Love APIs" conference to be held Sept. 8-10, 2014 in San Francisco, featuring an immersive Internet of Things (IoT) exhibit showcasing industry-first innovations moving the IoT from buzzword to reality. The conference is expected to draw a crowd of 1,200 attendees with a marquee line-up of speakers including chief technology officers (CTOs) from Walgreens and Burberry. Registration


Thomas Hallauer: Is there a business case for in-cab cameras in Europe? 


Source: „In-cab forward-facing cameras are becoming more popular within both the commercial fleet and insurance industries. Once regarded with a degree of suspicion by drivers who felt uncomfortable with a ‘Big Brother’ device in their cabs, they soon realised that the camera data could actually work for them, rather than against them.
To clarify, we’re discussing forward-facing cameras here, as opposed to inward-facing cameras that monitor the drivers


Unilever Launches 'Internet of Things' Partner Search

Source: „Five briefs on the theme of ‘Internet of Things’ launch via The Unilever Foundry, the company’s single entry-point platform for innovative start-ups seeking to partner with the company.
Since launching The Unilever Foundry in May the platform has received an overwhelming level of engagement from innovative companies and this is the first time specific Internet of Things briefs have been shared with the startup community through Unilever.com/foundry.


Peter Waterhouse: Forget 'Things' – It's The Internet Of Business Models

Source: „With the Internet of Things, sensors and telematics don't mean much if they're not helping disrupt traditional business models. As with all new and exciting technologies, it's easy to get carried away with hype. Certainly the Internet of Things, with its promise of connecting homes and cars and smart grids, falls into that category.
The most newsworthy example is the battle brewing between Google and Apple to win control of the consumer market.


Jef Cozza: Internet of Things Comes to DIYers, Thanks to LittleBit

Source: ""Until now, building for the Internet of Things has been reserved for large companies and experts, limiting the power of what's possible and the rate of innovation," said Ayah Bdeir, CEO of littleBits. "With the cloudBit, we're doing for connected devices what Android did for mobile -- making an open, accessible and instantaneous platform."
 
Not to be left out of the nascent Internet of Things


Executive Talent Needs From Rising 'Internet of Things' Trend Spurs Heidrick & Struggles to Launch New Specialty Practice

Source: „Anticipating executive talent and leadership needs across industries from a burgeoning new trend—the Internet of Things—Heidrick & Struggles (Nasdaq:HSII) has launched a new global specialty practice.
The "Internet of Things" refers to the myriad implications of connecting everyday objects


Cheyenne King: Today littleBits announced the cloudBitTM, a new dimension to the littleBits library

Today littleBits announced the cloudBitTM, a new dimension to the littleBits library that lets you “snap the internet to anything” and turn any object into an internet-connected device - no soldering, wiring or programming required [video here]. 
 
Building for the Internet of Things was previously reserved for large companies and experts; with the cloudBit,


CAPS notes: The Internet of Things as an alternative democratic system for the 21th century

The main argument I wanted to get across is that there is a new ‚job’ or role for creatives/designers/artists and that is the role of Stakeholder Coordinator. Why?
 
We have a ‚Business’ Moment. It marks the transition from product to service to system design:
 
“In the future, a digital organization will be able to spot and exploit a business moment,


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