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.

Postcapes has compiled a list of 100 people influencing the topic on a daily basis.

The Internet of Things" continues to expand its reach with many platforms becoming more mature and products and services making it into the wild.  Postcapes has compiled a list of 100 people influencing the topic on a daily basis whether through their evangelizing, standardizing or through their own companies.'  Council is listed number 9. Kevin Kelly, Bruce Sterling and Tom Igoe top the list.

Curt Woodward: Iota, led T-Mobile Vets, Seeks a Simpler Way to Navigate the ‘Internet of Things’

Curt Woodward: "With big bets by the titans of technology and consumer finance, 2011 is becoming the year that American business got serious about jumpstarting the “Internet of things“—a broad web of digitally enhanced locations that consumers can navigate the same way they now use smartcards to pay their bus fare or open security doors at work.

Djordje Djokic LL.M.:Legal Adviser and Researcher at Bearstech on Internet of Things Europe 2011

The 3 rd Annual Internet of Things Europe 2011 Conference was held on 28 th and 29 th June in the Management Centre Europe in Brussels, Belgium. Organised by Forum Europe the leading EU dedicated conference and event provider ” with Analysis Mason and Council as knowledge partners, and sponsored by Digitaleurope ,

From M2M to The Internet of Things: Viewpoints From Europe

David McLoughlin: From M2M to The Internet of Things: Viewpoints From Europe:... "We’re beginning to see embedded information technology on real products, and consumers are quickly learning how to access them mainly through most widely understood open-source QR and NFC technologies, accessible through the download of an app.

Chris Barylick: Apple patent describes simpler networking, use of RFID/new proprietary technology

Chris Barylick writes: "According to AppleInsider, Apple has shown interest in improving device discoverability and local networking using existing technology like RFID, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, or even a new proprietary wireless method. The details come from Apple’s latest patent application, entitled “Local Device Awareness,”

Marius Ghercioiu: Buildings as Live Entities

Marius Ghercioiu: "A weather station is a measurement device containing a large variety of sensors placed outside a building to measure environmental parameters like temperature, atmospheric pressure, air humidity, light, wind, etc. A novel approach to the weather station application is to consider an environment where buildings have their own identity in the Internet of Things (IoT) space and this enables them to participate in “conversations” with humans and other objects.

Open Source Hardware, Fostering User Entrepreneurship: Empirical Evidence from Arduino Users

Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo has just finished his work on this topic : This research aims to analyse entrepreneurial opportunities available for users in the emerging phenomenon of Open Source Hardware (OSH). In this context the role played by Arduino, the first and most successful OSH microcontroller board, will be discussed.

Florian Michahelles: IoT as an important enabler for developing new services including user input

In his talk at the IoT Conference organized by Shanghai International Exhibition in China - where Council acted as a Knowledge Partner - Florian Michahelles proposed to go beyond IoT in supply-chains and seeking for opportunities of accessing tacit knowledge of people and individuals. He gave examples of my2cents and appaware as opportunities of new services based on user-generated content. Read more about Florian Michahelles: IoT as an important enabler for developing new services including user input

Interview with Inaki Vazquez on the Rymble

What was your inspiration? : "Since the year 2007 we were thinking and playing with the possibilities and the consequences of creating social gadgets, whatever that could mean: social networks of devices, objects participating as first class citizens in human networking, ...(I had a paper about that at IOT 2008). We also had the vision of the Internet as dissociated from computers and mobile phones: Internet is an experience beyond screens and keyboards. Can we enjoy this "Internet experience" through real-world objects?

Mike James: Twitter as realtime sports reporter

Mike James: "Can people be used as a "sensor net" to detect when important events happen? When it comes to sporting events it seems that all you have to do is look to the Twitter frequency. The big thing for the near future is the Internet of Things but a group of researchers at Rice University (Houston) think that we are being a bit narrow in the meaning of the term "thing". To quote from their paper: "The global human population can be regarded as geographically distributed, multimodal sensors".

Martin Bryant on

Martin Bryant in the Next Web: "It’s emerged out of nowhere to become one of the coolest sites on the Web in a matter of weeks, but what’s the story behind, what’s so great about it and where is it going? A service amassing a reported 140,000 users in its first month is nothing to be sniffed at at any time. A service that hasn’t courted the press at all, growing entirely virally, hitting that figure in a month is something that demands closer inspection. Where did come from? While it has seems to have come out of nowhere, is actually the result of a startup that pivoted.

Alessandro Bassi interviewed by Stig Andersen: "we need a killer business model."

Alessandro Bassi interviewed by Stig Andersen: "Much technological development goes hand-in-hand with larger trends in society and is fuelled by other driving forces than the wet dreams of the geek world; and being a techie does not mean that you do not care about what lies around and beyond technology. The response of Alessandro Bassi, Alessandro Bassi Consulting, to the question ”Does the Internet of Things need a killer app?” is a case in point:

Neul Launches World’s First Production White Space Radio System

The name Neul is pronounced like ‘fuel’ and is from the Gaelic word for 'Cloud'. Neul’s grand vision is to bring about a revolution in the way devices and applications communicate. From the predicted 50 billion connected Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices, through smart metering to local broadband delivery, transportation and beyond , Neul is helping to create'the internet of everything':

Futur en Seine: discussing our digital futures

Digital technology and content will have a major impact on all parts of our daily lives in the coming years, whether on a economic, business, social or cultural level. Futur en Seine, the Festival of Digital Life and Creativity, will address the most critical aspects of our digital future, by focusing on several essential themes. At the very heart of the festival, a cycle of international conferences and workshops will be held over a period of six days in prestigious locations (Collège de France, 104, Gaîté Lyrique, Forum des Images et Ecole Normale Supérieure).

Christian Nold: The Rennes Emotion Map

The Rennes Emotion Map suggests that there is a shared experiential space that we all share, a kind of spatial poetry of lived life. The map represents a terse and fractured tapestry of what it means to be live in Rennes. Looking at the maps we see density of drawings and comments in certain area and spareness in others. We see mental maps that relate to physical space and at others that show abstract and private codes. We see multiple viewpoints of the same locations such as the cut down trees around the lakes in Vern sur Seiche or the swings, which trigger adult reflection on what it means to be a child.


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