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.

Courtney Humphries: The too-smart city - do we’ll really want to live there?

Source: "These critics are advocating not that cities shun technology, but that they foster a more open debate about how best to adopt it—and a public airing of the questions cities need to ask.

One question is how deeply cities rely on private companies to set up and maintain the systems they run on." Read more about Courtney Humphries: The too-smart city - do we’ll really want to live there?



David Essex: Early adopters say Internet of Things resets software, business models

Source: "The “Internet of Things” is becoming a reality, but a worldwide network of embedded sensors won’t reach its potential without monetized software ecosystems and wireless networks that can easily cross national borders, according to panelists at this week’s SAP Sapphire conference in Orlando, Fla. Read more about David Essex: Early adopters say Internet of Things resets software, business models



Richard Nieva: For the Internet of things, will it be verticals or horizontals?

Source: "The first step in the adoption of “the Internet of things” – where Web capabilities are implemented into everyday objects – entails making sure there are even products in the first place. But as that ecosystem fills out, one of the next steps is addressing matters of market approach and distribution. Read more about Richard Nieva: For the Internet of things, will it be verticals or horizontals?



Lauren Fisher: The Internet of Things in action

Source: "By 2015, six billion objects in the world will be connected to the internet. While it may seem tricky to grasp as a concept, the internet of things is nothing simpler, and more stunning, than objects being connected to the internet. At its most mind-blowing, these objects are learning and adapting to the behaviour of the user. Read more about Lauren Fisher: The Internet of Things in action



Andrew Keen: The future of travel: The dark side of connected cars

Source: "In this brave new world of transparent data, the dilemma about where to draw the line between respecting the privacy of individual drivers and punishing law breakers is complex. Hollingworth described this world as a "strange place" because we've never before "had the ability to actually validate Read more about Andrew Keen: The future of travel: The dark side of connected cars



Stephen Shankland: Sensor motes sniff out Google I/O data trends

Source: "A mesh network of 500 electronics boards captures radio noise, temperature, humidity, and foot traffic at Google's developer show.: We're all used to the idea that Google tracks what we do online. But if you go to Google I/O, you'll find that the data-hungry company, in partnership with the O'Reilly Data Sensing Lab Read more about Stephen Shankland: Sensor motes sniff out Google I/O data trends



Imagication and MCQN Ltd team up to take the Internet of Things into schools

Recently we've been investigating how to take some hands-on Internet of Things making into school with fellow residents-at-DoES-Liverpool Imagication. We submitted it to the Digital Maker call and were one of the seven projects chosen. Here's the video we made to pitch the idea Read more about Imagication and MCQN Ltd team up to take the Internet of Things into schools



Anna Leach: Opening Up the Internet of Things

Source: "“The internet of things is all about very light-weight, very low-powered processors,” he said. “And ARM has always had very light low-powered processors since that’s its background. “Intel is a rival, but they’re coming at things from a different angle. Intel have always been about processing technology that is wired into walls." Read more about Anna Leach: Opening Up the Internet of Things



BRCK - your backup generator for the internet

Source: "The idea behind BRCK is that all kinds of jobs require steady connectivity, even when infrastructure is spotty due to wireless connections that come and go, intermittent power, or devices that can’t share connections. Seeing this, we set out to redesign connectivity for the world we live in - Africa. Read more about BRCK - your backup generator for the internet



Scott Jenson: Deconstructing the Internet of things

"We just need to look at what smart means in a more nuanced way. The goal of this post is to convince you that the SmartToaster™ actually is a bold new vision of the future. If I can unpack what it means to be smart, so that even a lowly toaster starts to make sense, we’ll be thinking about the IoT in a much broader context."" Read more about Scott Jenson: Deconstructing the Internet of things



Yolande Kolstee: the third issue of the AR[t] Magazine about Augmented Reality

AR[t] is an inspiring magazine series for the emerging international AR community. The magazine is run by a small and dedicated team of researchers, artists and lecturers of the AR Lab (based at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague), Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and Leiden University. In AR[t] Read more about Yolande Kolstee: the third issue of the AR[t] Magazine about Augmented Reality



Alex Dalenberg: The Internet of Things has the world buzzing

Source: "The Internet of Things will connect everything (eventually... probably) and investors are starting to take note. The Internet of Things is the next big thing. Investors, big business and entrepreneurs are starting to take serious note of the wide ranging family of technologies that will connect all manner of everyday objects, Read more about Alex Dalenberg: The Internet of Things has the world buzzing



From Pachube to Cosm to Xively

Source: "LogMeIn has just launched its own PaaS for the internet of things, calling it Xively (the beta version was known as Cosm). And developers wanting to start creating connected devices on this platform are being offered the Xively Jumpstart Kit, which combines Xively with ARM’s mbed platform, for building devices using ARM’s microcontrollers. With this kit, the companies promise, developers Read more about From Pachube to Cosm to Xively



Philip Sheldrake: Attenzi – a social business story

Attenzi – a social business story shines a light on social business that goes beyond the all too typical homages to social media. It’s a relatively short and easy read intended to help readers explore what social business means for their organization, marketplace, communities and career.

The story is designed to galvanize the organization.


Joachim Hackmann: Industrie 4.0 ist das Internet der Ingenieure

In German: SourceSource: "Industrie 4.0, M2M und das Internet der Dinge sind unterschiedliche Themen mit gleichem Hintergrund: Bessere Vernetzung, zunehmende Miniaturisierung und fallende Hardwarekosten bereiten den Boden für sich selbst verwaltende Systeme. Deutschland ist das Land der mittelständischen Fertigungsunternehmen. Read more about Joachim Hackmann: Industrie 4.0 ist das Internet der Ingenieure



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