Charlyn Keating: Big Changes at Disney World

Disney has replaced locks on 25,000+ hotel rooms with RFID readers that open with the tap of your Mickey Mouse wristband, called a MagicBand. It's part of MyMagic+, a brand-new system of managing your trip with fewer lines and more fun. Think of it as Fastpass 2.0.  

You tap the Mickey Mouse symbol to RFID readers that have been installed at every park entry, souvenir shop, restaurant and attraction. Use your MagicBand to gain access to the theme parks, pay for every Mickey ice cream bar and stuffed animal, and skip the lines at the attractions.”

Rob van Kranenburg: How to facilitate structured and productive input from users?

By focussing on recent EU projects in the 90s, 1. #iot history,  I show how the industry involved in these taxes funded projects began to realize how important the enduser feedback was as products would come with more software and invisible interaction patterns 2. How the industry learned from listening to endusers. Users would need to be educated in getting comfortable around processing power in everyday environments. What better to start then from the real intuitive ways of interacting that people were already doing in their everyday lives?

Patrick Thibodeau: Internet of Things may make owning less appealing

Source: „At an Internet of Things (IoT) conference here, people are well beyond thinking about sensors and analytics. They are considering what happens once these tools are a part of every product sold. The implications are, potentially, huge. A business is no longer selling a stand-alone product. There is a very good chance that the device leaving a factory will be remotely controlled, monitored, updated and maintained using remote management tools, sensors and predictive analytics that continually collect

Lee Jackson: Deutsche Bank’s Five Top Stocks Dominating Internet of Things Growth

Source: „As momentum tech players have shifted to old-school value tech names, it could be because many are best positioned for the Internet of Things (IOT) era. A new report from Deutsche Bank highlights the top names that will dominate the IOT and will help unlock, in their estimation, trillions of dollars of value through cost efficiencies and new technologies. It comes as no surprise that the names that Deutsche Bank sees as leaders in this new growth are large, established industry icons.

Anindya Roy: Build Your Own Internet of Things Device

Source: „If you loved the Raspberry Pi and Kickstarter (, then you probably know what the Spark Core can do. If you don't, then here's a quick introduction. The Spark Core is a tiny little chip that's making waves in the world of Internet of Things. So much so that I feel it will become the foundation stone for the IoT in times to come.
In a nutshell, the Spark Core is a tiny Wi-Fi development board to easily create internet-connected hardware. You can power it over USB and start controlling various devices like LEDs, switches, motors, etc and for collecting data over the internet.

thingworld : International Triennial of New Media Art

Source: "The world is a thingworld. For without things there would be nothing to describe, to interpret, to comment on, there would be no evocative signifiers that trigger imagination, conjure up representation, neither would there be societies nor cultures. The world is a thingworld. In Chinese language, the word for “thing” is a compound of the characters East and West, a geographic stretch across the infinite space of two imaginary ends in the ancient mind.."

Mark Roberti: Can we connect an RFID system to Facebook simply by implementing a login, or would we need to store Facebook user credentials?

Source: "Facebook has an application programming interface (API) that allows you to link an RFID tag to a person's login credentials, so once you create the links, reading an RFID transponder logs that individual into his or her Facebook account. This is useful for things like photo kiosks,

Santander Mayor Iñigo de la Serna: “We want to create a new, cooperative relationship between the people and the city government.”

Ultimately, there’s also the question of privacy versus security. Sensors that capture sound, images and locations of individuals can be helpful when we need protection or greater security. But there is always the worry that what starts as surveillance in a democratic society can become something else in a country that becomes autocratic. Rob Kitchin, director of the National Institute

Richard Saintvilus: Intel's Push To Be the 'Internet of Thing

Source: „Like so many that has come before it, the Internet of Things has become the new buzzword among tech companies.
The term, coined more than a decade ago by British tech pioneer Kevin Ashson, refers to objects and devices that are virtually represented in the Internet. If this sounds complicated, don't worry. Semiconductor giant Intel (INTC_) plans to demystify everything about this concept. But very few people seem to believe that Intel and not Qualcomm (QCOM_) can emerge as the leader in this new category.

Karel A.Vandenbroucke: In search of a user research driven IoT journal

In the last months, we have been conducting Living Lab user research for an IoT platform, investigating the (possible) users' needs and wants. At the moment, we have a bunch of data (state-of-the-art, survey, probe research, co-creation sessions, in-depth interviews,...) and we would like to contribute to a journal. However, we can't seem to find a journal in which there is attention for IoT user research, most journals that we find are technology driven..

Chris Murphy: Internet Of Things: What's Holding Us Back

Source: „To see the problems in building the so-called Internet of Things, look at the trackside switches in what the railroad industry calls "dark territory. These switches are important -- if one is in the wrong position, a train could go off on a sidetrack spur at normal track speed and derail. But these areas are called dark territory because they're lightly used stretches of track in remote areas, where there are no automated signals, and probably no power lines and cellular links. Train operators must visually check

April Report of the RFID Security and Privacy Lounge

April Report of the RFID Security and Privacy Lounge . 6 references have been put on the lounge this month. You will find the summary below and the complete references on the Lounge. NEW REFERENCES ON THE LOUNGE THIS MONTH:
[01] Alex Arbit, Yoel Livne, Yossef Oren And Avishai Wool.
Implementing public-key cryptography on passive RFID tags is practical.
(International Journal of Information Security, April 2014)

Justin McKeown : Art and the Internet of Things: a turning point in creative education

Source: „If the Internet of Things is a dominant emerging social reality in which our graduates will find themselves, how will they contend with it? In the art world's internal sense of time, the degree show is in many ways the equivalent of New Year's Eve: a point at which to collectively celebrate the birth of the future, while taking stock of the events of the past year. Reflecting on the 2013/14 academic year,

Allen Storey: How can we trust the internet of things?

Source: „As we move closer to an always-connected world, we must remember that anything connected to the Internet is vulnerable to attack. The problem may be complex, but the solutions are simple. We just need to agree as an industry.
The internet of things (IoT) promises us a world of intelligent fridges that automatically order groceries from the supermarket, smartwatches that relay our blood pressure to the doctor, and connected ovens that preheat when they see that we’ve left work.

Rob Symes: The Impact of Technology on Business

Source: „2014 has well and truly proven itself as the year for technology and business. Phrases like ‘Big Data’ and ‘The Internet of Things’ are being squeezed into every (wannabe) intellectual corporate conversation spoken with competitive counterparts. Undeniably there has been a paradigm shift towards a universal recognition of how vital the incorporation of technology is key to a businesses’ survival. But, for the most part, these conversations assume a ‘fake it until you make it’ undertone.


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