George Hoffman: Putting a Stylish Face on RFID Tags

May 10, 2015—The apparel industry is embracing radio frequency identification with perhaps more ardor than any other sector. Its nearly endless host of stock-keeping units (SKUs), combined with rapid item turnover at the retail level, make apparel inventories notoriously difficult to manage. RFID offers a solution, but one that traditionally involved some undesirable tradeoffs in terms of tagging costs, minimum order requirements and unattractive additional Electronic Product Code (EPC) item tags.

But that is now changing.

Nigel Whitfield: Building the Internet of Things with Raspberry Pi et al, DIY-style

The Internet of Things (IoT) is all the rage at the moment, with dozens of manufacturers throwing out kit like remote-control lightbulbs, weather stations, thermostats and plenty more. Some of those are great products and some of them are also-rans.

Quite a lot, it turns out, are actually simple enough that you could probably build something like that at home.

Internet 2.0: Mediaplanet Launches “Internet of Things” Campaign Inspiring Americans to Get Connected

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 08, 2015 - This publication will serve as an advocacy and awareness platform for readers to begin thinking about the activities and technologies that work together to comprise their day to day business as well as personal life. Furthermore, what “smart” gadgets can be implemented into one’s daily routine to help save time, money, energy as well as assist in you or your businesses decision making process.

Patrick Nelson: IKEA’s Internet of Things plans imagine the networked kitchen


You may have read about furniture retailer IKEA’s plans to introduce wireless smartphone charging in some of its furniture. Its Selje nightstand includes a Qi-compatible charger, for example. Charge your phone wirelessly while you slumber, and only for $60.
Well, that’s just the beginning of the future for the 315-store, 9,500-product company. IKEA’s future kitchen ideas include networked devices, shelves that act as refrigerators, tabletops that cook, and instant food delivery by drone.

Srdjan Krco: 10th Summer School on IoT and its Applications - senZations'15

August 30 - September 4, 2015, Belgrade, Serbia

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year and as far as we know we are the oldest summer school on IoT in the world. Not bad, ha? To mark this occasion we plan to prepare even more exciting educational program - and social activities as well.

Join us! Register and book your place. 

Government and Tech Giants Join Communications Alliance Internet of Things Think-Tank

Sydney, 8 May 2015  - The Australian Government and a host of global technology giants have joined the Communications Alliance Internet of Things (IoT) Think-Tank that will today formally launch a major new industry program to exploit the benefits of IoT for Australian industry.

The Bureau of Communications Research (BCR) within the Federal Department of Communications will sit on the Executive Council of the Think Tank, alongside industry heavyweights Intel, IBM, Telstra, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Ericsson and Hewlett- Packard.

Alex Weber: The Internet of Things has turned to rubbish

The Internet of Things is when all kinds of objects are connected to the Internet: your car, fridge, washing machine, light bulbs, etc. And now, rubbish bins. Hume Council, north of Melbourne, may soon fit solar-powered bins that can crush rubbish and use wifi to notify workers when they’re about 85% full. The BigBelly Solar bins are already used across parts of Europe and in some areas of New South Wales, Western Australia and Tasmania. But they aren’t cheap, with a bin costing $5,000 or $149 a month over five years.

Maarten Botterman: Global Policy Debate on the Internet of Things on 24 and 25 July in Dresden.

This meeting, hosted by the IGF’s Dynamic Coalition on the Internet of Things, aims at progressing the debate with a clear understanding that it

  • is happening, globally;
  • is a necessity to address global societal challenges


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