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.

DAT IoT Winners Interview series: The Giraldo brothers

Things Live’s creators are two brothers John and Daniel Giraldo two young Colombians with 26 and 23 years old. What is your background, where did you grow up? : We grew up together in a small middle class neighborhood in Bogotá, Colombia. Since we were young, we shared a taste for study and develop artistic skills, those who discover later, would become a way of seeing the world. After finishing school both chose different ways but involving our passion for art. I loved to design, but I chose to study advertising, because I’d loved the creativity and design fused into a single profession.

Internet Devices Become Collaborators

Dewayne Hendricks: Internet Devices Become Collaborators: "We have more pervasive communication infrastructures that are faster.   They enable a lot of new things.  We've connected more people, but we  haven't connected more things yet.  To me, the next big tipping point is  the "internet of things".  Our computing devices...we basically treat them like dogs.  "Go fetch  this.  Go do that".  You wait for the response to happen.  "Get the  paper, dog". The dog brings the paper.  You're sitting around waiting  for the dog to bring the paper.  I think the next tipping point that's  going to get us into the internet of things is having these computing  devices be co-conspirators with us.  The device will say, "Wait a  minute.  Maybe I shouldn't be fetching the paper right now.  Maybe what  you really ought to attend to is this breaking news story from  so-and-so"."

Indian-American scientists develop alternative to radio tags

Hindustan Times: "A team of Indian-American scientists has developed a smart tracking system, which could very well provide an honourable alternative to the radio tags that were recently tied to the ankles of some Indian students whose California-based university was shut down on charges of visa fraud. "We want technology to be natural and unobtrusive. We don't want you to carry around an RFID (radio frequency identification) tag and we don't want cameras everywhere. We want technology to be assistive and not become Big Brother," said Bharat Jayaraman, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Buffalo, who led the team that developed the new system.

Pachube blog; Ed Borden: Neul: Internet of Things disruption in action

Ed Borden: ..." The challenge the big carriers have right now is that their businesses are built around connecting smartphones, not "things." For the carriers to profitably service the Internet of Things, they have to convince device manufacturers that 3G/4G adoption is the best thing for them... Even though they may only want to send a few kb of data here and there, the modems cost more than the devices, and the service model required is completely upside down (hence the hundreds of MVNOs globally).
Neul is the antithesis of this, a textbook blue ocean strategy that takes the wireless industry and turns it on its head.

Simon Giles: " there has been a failure in the industry to look holistically at the smart city"

In the SMART2020 webinar, guest speaker Simon Giles, partner at Accenture and global lead for Smart Technology Strategy, "argued that the ICT sector has not lived up to the expectations of the media, city governments and other organisations with respect to its role in intelligent urbanisation. Specifically, there has been a failure in the industry to look holistically at the smart city, to clearly articulate in a meaningful way a vision of how ICTs could enable a different and better life, and to bring citizens, politicians and others along on that journey.

Networked Embedded Systems: Humans in the Loop

"Sensor networks, cyber-physical systems, and cooperating objects are becoming an important part of our daily life. Humans build, deploy, use, and maintain these systems that can sense our activities and influence our behavior. We will increasingly rely on these networked embedded systems, therefore also requiring a secure and privacy-preserving treatment of sensitive human-centric data. Novel paradigms and solutions are also needed to allow humans to interact with these systems. This school explores the manifold relationship between networked embedded systems and humans as their creators, users, and subjects.

NPC: "During his speech, Mr. Wen said China should “promote demonstrations on how to use the Internet of Things,”

From China Realtime Report by Bob Davis: "For a longtime Washington reporter new to Beijing, like myself, there was plenty that seemed familiar at the opening session of the National People’s Congress – the heavy security, the military band playing the national anthem, the obsequious political aides....Premier Wen Jiabao read a 15,000-word booklet on China’s plans for the future to the 2,923 delegates assembled in the stupendously large Great Hall of the People...

IS-EUD 2011 Workshop DEG: Involving End Users and Domain Experts in Design of Educational Games

In this workshop we invite researchers and practitioners involved in the design and evaluation of technology-supported games to discuss their experience in relation to means for involving end users as well as experts in the process, before, during and after the product has been completed. Issues such as how the technology affects the process, in particular in terms of game genres and technologies used (e.g. city games, mobile games, educational games, games on multitouch displays etc.), will be examined.

The First Pachube International Internet of Things Hackathon!

The First Pachube International Internet of Things Hackathon is a global 24-hour event that starts on April 8, 2011 at 2pm (UK time) and ends on April 9, 2011 at 2pm (UK time).Calling all developers, designers, makers, mixers, mashers, tinkerers, philosopher-mechanics and sales engineers! Join us in helping to define and build the Internet of Things on Global Internet of Things Day!

Toward patient empowerment in chronic disease: the Tag-it-yourself concept in Diabetes self-monitoring

Tag-it-Yourself™ (TiY) is a diabetes journaling platform developed at the Interaction Design Centre (University of Limerick). Based on the belief that the explosion of chronic diseases and the need to empower the patient will challenge some of the assumptions and connotations of the traditional medical model, the TiY aims to give voice to patients' concerns and to improve their sense of empowerment and feeling of control.

Read more about Toward patient empowerment in chronic disease: the Tag-it-yourself concept in Diabetes self-monitoring

Taiwan Internet of Things Alliance formed


The Taipei Computer Association has formed the Taiwan Internet of Things (IOT) Alliance to promote application of IOT technologies, according to the association. The alliance will boost IOT-based smart applications for daily life, such as medical care, security monitoring, power supply and transportation, in Taiwan and then help Taiwan-based hardware makers and service providers tap overseas markets. Read more about Taiwan Internet of Things Alliance formed

2011: April 9: Global Internet of Things Day


Council proposes to hold very small Council meetings anywhere in the world on April 9. These can vary to having a cup of coffee with someone and talk about the Internet of Things or hosting a dinner at your place, going for a walk on the beach, hack a coffeemachine, dream about birds flying free in networked cities and shiny happle people in very wise parks, as long as it is on April 9 and about IoT. Let's create some new ways of meeting and meeting points. Read more about 2011: April 9: Global Internet of Things Day

Adam Greenfield: Design for networked cities and citizens

Adam Greenfield: "...If there’s a way to characterize the current relationship between networked informatics and metropolitan experience, it’s that the former tend to cut against the ways we have historically understood city life and the things we have relied on cities to do for us. As we shall argue, the ability to trivially search the space of a city is leaching away at the constitution of a quality we have always recognized as urban savvy or savoir faire.

Alessandro Bassi: 'Cityness'


Alessandro Bassi: "The quest for the perfect city to live in is probably as old as human civilisaton: from Plato in his Republica to Nero and his famous restructuring of the ancient Rome, from the medieval works describing Utopic and Sunny cities (any reference to Thomas Moore and Tommaso Campanella is purely accidental), to the pragmatism of urbanists like Haussmann, who designed Paris as we know it today, {C}


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