Source: „Imagine a world where everyday objects and appliances anticipate your unique needs. Devices in your home will be smart enough to know when you’re low on your favorite food, how to give you the best driving directions depending on traffic flow and weather, and monitor -- and improve -- your health.
It’s clear the Internet of Things has great promise.
But this convergence of the physical and virtual worlds also presents dangers. For starters, what happens when all these new technologies go kaput?”
Source: „Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne talks to Dr Munira Raja during a visit to the University of Liverpool's Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics. During the International Festival for Business 2014 in Liverpool this summer, Chancellor George Osborne announced a £15m project to turn the city into a global research and innovation centre for the “internet of things”. Sensor City is a project being set up by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores
Source: „A while back, I wrote about how I learned to stop worrying and love my creepy smartphone and how data is converging to tell us more about our users, specifically what they're going to do based on their past behavior. The other week, I wrote about how Jawbone's Up bands detected the recent earthquake in Northern California, and how you're able to write apps using Up band data via an open RESTful API. In fact, the other major producers like Fitbit also have an API, and the number and types of devices exposing their information are rapidly increasing.” The so-called Internet of things can be up close and personal, and APIs are the key to making it happen
“I’ll tell you what got me specifically thinking about this,” says Jeremy Rifkin, principal architect of the European Union’s Third Industrial Revolution economic development plan, and whose new book deals specifically with how a trio of social phenomena – the Internet of Things, the collaborative commons and the zero marginal cost society – is set to change the world." In this new context the next IERC meeting will take place on 23 October 2014. Please reserve the date in your calendar. The agenda of the meeting will be sent at the beginning of October 2014.
Source: „Imagine for a moment you run a company that makes TV sets or washing machines. Basically any sort of home product that plugs into the wall. Your relationship with the customer used to be pretty straightforward, didn’t it? You designed a product, manufactured it, marketed it, sold it in a store. After the sale there would be some after sale support as you made good on your warranty – your’s is that kinda company, after all – but for the most part, the relationship with the consumer post-sale was tenuous and mostly non-existent.
Source: „First it was cloud, then BYOD -- now, the biggest buzzword being thrown around the channel is the Internet of Things. Smart devices and cloud enablement are connecting homes, workspaces and offices, but just how entrenched is the trend in IT? Has the opportunity around Internet of Things come to fruition yet? The jury is still out among solution providers. Some say it’s actually nothing new. "I think the concepts of the Internet of Things have kind of been around for a while," said MightyOaks CEO Elder Matias. "It's just they're moving out of niche areas into the mainstream."
Source: „Dubai’s dream of becoming an integrated smart city moved a step closer yesterday with the emirate’s Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) announcing plans to build a pilot-scale project in the planned Silicon Park. The Centre of Excellence for Smart Habitat (Cesh) will be built in the planned Dh1.1 billion, 150,000 square metre Silicon Park smart city, itself a part of the Dubai Silicon Oasis technology park. DSOA, the regulatory body, said that Cesh would be designed as a fully functioning smart city and was due to open in the fourth quarter of 2017, along with the official opening of Silicon Park.
Source: „As investors and corporations pour millions of dollars into connected-home devices, tech companies have no shortage of ideas—from smart thermostats and home security systems to data-collecting toothbrushes and a refrigerator that sends alerts when the milk is almost out.
But while most of these “Internet of things” products are aimed at young tech-savvy adults or parents with kids, Milwaukee-based OnKol is hoping to tackle a different market: aging parents and their children.
Source: "The Internet of Things has the potential to be the catalyst for a new era of growth in consumer electronics. Billions of once-inert everyday and enterprise devices are already connected to the internet — including smart appliances and home devices like refrigerators and alarm clocks — and the number is exploding. By 2020 that number of internet-connected devices will top 50 billion, according to estimates from Morgan Stanley and Cisco. "
Source: „While it is not universally accepted wisdom, there is a growing sense that artificial intelligence will supersede human intelligence at some point during the next 100 years. This will ultimately see technology supersede nature as the dominant global force and change the social landscape beyond all recognition.
Although the merits of this can be debated at length, there is little doubt that humans are becoming increasingly integrated with technology and its leading innovations."
Source: „The days of a standard user experience are over, and there’s no need to adjust the settings. Do you know what the word foudroyant means? What if you had read that a customer’s foudroyant display of anger had shocked the cashier as though she’d been struck by lightning? Even without a dictionary, you can begin to piece together clues based on information around it. We use context clues in reading, and in our daily lives, to suss out the meaning of things that we’re unfamiliar with. In the Internet of Things, smart objects are reading between
Due to the rapid penetration of sensing and actuation technologies into our surroundings, cities are getting smarter. In smart cities, information acquired from the physical space is processed in the cyber space, and provided to people there. Each of these steps, namely information acquisition, processing, and provision, is abstracted with cyber physical services that tie those two spaces. Obviously, these services must be able to cope with one another so that people can consume them in a rich and flexible way.
Source: „As I’ve said before, I’m one of those people who can’t wait for Google to take over driving for me. I would have a chauffer, which I couldn’t normally afford, to take me around everywhere, allowing me, as a passenger, to do whatever I want during the ride. I could read, eat, nap, play games, listen to music, watch movies. Sort of like the airlines, but in my own private space. Even more, I can’t wait for Google GOOGL +0.62% to take over driving for other people. Google would smooth out the ride for everyone, optimizing traffic for the total system of all cars in use
Source: „The Internet of Things is a topic that I have already covered in a few posts and here is a webinar that will provide a good opportunity to discuss about the legal issues affecting the Internet of Things, smart city, smart home, wearable technologies and eHealth.
On the 18th of September 2014 at 3 pm CET (2 pm UK time), I will run a free webinar organized by the Global Outsourcing Association of Lawyers which will cover the main legal issues affecting the Internet of Things in its sub-sectors of wearable technologies