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.

Tenure-track Position in Interaction Design (80%); Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

Deadline October 6 2013. We are particularly interested in applicants whose profile is multidisciplinary and whose work focuses on innovative design approaches within the context of ecological-economic sustainability and socio-cultural responsibility. The candidate’s research and teaching interests should be related to topic of embodied and spatial interaction design. Read more about Tenure-track Position in Interaction Design (80%); Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)



Yunchuan Sun: The submission deadline to IIKI2013 has been extended to Aug. 25, 2013

This international workshop provides the growing technical and scientific community developing around the Internet of Things with a dedicated high-quality forum where the latest research findings around identification, information and knowledge can be exchanged, new developments can be explored and real-world systems Read more about Yunchuan Sun: The submission deadline to IIKI2013 has been extended to Aug. 25, 2013



Carla Diana: How can we design an internet of things for everyone (not just alpha geeks)?

Source: "Makers and alpha geeks have found meaningful applications for the internet of things but there is still a big gap between them and the average user who doesn’t want to hack. How do we design for everyone? Despite the influx of new products and considerable excitement around the Internet of Things, from a design and innovation point of view, we are in a “blank slate” moment.  Read more about Carla Diana: How can we design an internet of things for everyone (not just alpha geeks)?



A Journal of Things

 

Their mission is to provide a comprehensive resource for decision makers to learn about, discover and evaluate resources related to the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine To Machine communication (M2M), the Industrial Internet, and big data. Journal Of Things covers the internet of things, M2M communication and big data: resources and companies related to the internet of things, big data/data analysis, for communicating, collecting and sharing data. Read more about A Journal of Things



Kris De Decker: Worries from 2009 very relevant to IoT

The energy-intensive nature of digital technology is not due only to energy-intensive manufacturing processes. Equally as important is the extremely short lifecycle of most gadgets. If digital products would last a lifetime (or at least a decade), embodied energy would not be such an issue. Most computers and other electronic devices are replaced only after a couple of years, while they are still perfectly workable devices.  Read more about Kris De Decker: Worries from 2009 very relevant to IoT



Maria Deutscher: From Wifi Trash Cans to Smart Cities

Source: "The Internet of Things is growing at an accelerating pace. This week a startup called Renew launched an initiative to transform London’s trash cans into high-tech geolocation trackers, Citrix got the word out about the benefits of BYOD for small businesses, and North Korea unveiled a new smartphone. Vietnam also grabbed headlines after it contracted IBM to enhance water and transportation infrastructure in its fourth largest city." Read more about Maria Deutscher: From Wifi Trash Cans to Smart Cities



Simone Rebaudengo: from Internets to Relationships of Things

Addicted Products is a speculation, a question pointing towards our relationships with objects and the implications of designing smart and connected products. It is a step against the model of constant ownership, a scenario in which a product can be shared without the active decision of a person, but based on its own needs as a product. What if more products would behave in the same way?  Read more about Simone Rebaudengo: from Internets to Relationships of Things



Duke Chung: Customer Service in the Age of the Internet of Things

Good customer service in this age of the Internet of Things will take one step further and take place right on the device itself — screens to tap to search knowledge bases for answers, chat live with a rep, or schedule a service appointment. Imagine a service rep talking you through changing your tire, or a virtual agent who advises you to adjust specific settings on your refrigerator so that it runs at greatest efficiency. Read more about Duke Chung: Customer Service in the Age of the Internet of Things



Ingrid Froelich: The Internet of Things marketing challenge

The value of the IoT lies in the ability of technology to generate better decisions and responses to the world as it is or as it is projected to be.

Factors including crowd-funding, cheaper hardware, faster data processing and ubiquitous connectivity are rapidly transforming what was science fiction into science non-fiction. Some IoT developments will save lives, while others are merely gadgetry. Read more about Ingrid Froelich: The Internet of Things marketing challenge



Henry Blodget: Awesome! Someone's Finally Building A Product That Is Making Me Care About The 'Internet Of Things!'

Source: "For years, the cool kids in Silicon Valley have been going on about the "Internet of Things."
The "Internet of Things," they'll tell you, is a massive new opportunity in which all the stuff all around you will get fitted with Internet-enabled


Mike Harris: The Internet of Things: Changing Business Models for CE Brands

Just as Apple defined this new consumer mindset around user experience, the Internet of Things is defining the next wave of consumer electronics innovation. In the very near future, consumers will want their smart devices to connect with other products from different manufacturers, and they’ll want it to be easy to control everything together in one cohesive system. Read more about Mike Harris: The Internet of Things: Changing Business Models for CE Brands



Edd Gent: Battery-free wireless brings Internet-of-things closer

University of Washington (UW) engineers built small, battery-free devices with antennas that can detect and harness a signal, as both a power source and a communication medium, before reflecting it to be picked up by other similar devices to exchange information. ...could enable a network of devices and sensors to communicate with no power source or human attention needed. Read more about Edd Gent: Battery-free wireless brings Internet-of-things closer



Meghan Neal: Researchers Say the Internet of Things Could Piggyback on Existing Networks

Source: "There's a reason people are so hyped up about the coming internet of things, and it's because if and when ubiquitous computing actually comes to pass it'll be amazingly surreal. A couple of credit cards near each other could transfer money between them, because they know your bill is due soon.  Read more about Meghan Neal: Researchers Say the Internet of Things Could Piggyback on Existing Networks



brand-e: Internet things to come

Source: "The Internet of Things is coming – but what kinds of trends and technologies should we be looking out for over the next few years? Well, miniaturisation will continue apace, says a new report, The Internet of Things: a Market Landscape, from GigaOm and Jon Collins. “In principle the only barrier to making things smaller is that dictated by the laws of physics – the term ‘smart dust’ has been used to Read more about brand-e: Internet things to come



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