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.

Mark P. Mills: "The Internet of Things enables the rise of the machines – but...."

"The Internet of Things enables the rise of the machines – but unlike the hyperbolic Hollywood movie of the same phrase, this rise will enable and free humans to do more, produce more, and ultimately become healthier and wealthier... Read more about Mark P. Mills: "The Internet of Things enables the rise of the machines – but...."



After 4 years, Tinker is closing.

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, CEO & Co-Founder: "Dear friends, After 4 years, Tinker  is closing.  When we started in Spring 2007 with a workshop in Paddington Arts in West London, we started by introducing people to Arduino. It was a friendly way to explain concepts like physical computing, interaction design and internet of things. At the time, hardly anyone knew about Arduino in the UK, and in the past 4 years we've seen professionals and academics get behind the technology in ways we never imagined.



CFP: 'Shaping the Next Decade'

Ambient Intelligence (AmI) represents a vision of the future in which products and services will be responsive to the user context, offering a rich variety of applications in the professional and consumer domains. AmI combines concepts of ubiquitous technology, intelligent systems and advanced user interface design putting the humans in the centre of technological developments. Starting as the European Symposium on Ambient Intelligence in 2003 the event has grown to an annual international conference that brings together researchers and serves as a forum to discuss the latest trends and solutions.



Pills with a mind of their own

Amber Dance, Special to the Los Angeles Times: "Did you take your medicine today?" Soon, patients won't have to rely on their memories for the answer. Scientists are developing tablets and capsules that track when they've been popped, turning the humble pill into a high-tech monitoring machine.

 The goal: new devices to help people take their meds on time and improve the results coming out of clinical trials for new drugs.

 Doctors can already prescribe pills that release drugs slowly or at a specific time."



Martin Pot: What does living together mean; 
part 2, Empty Spaces?

Martin Pot: In desperate search for some data yesterday I stumbled upon a working document by Council's Rob van Kranenburg dated April 2009 for a proposed conference on Hybrid Living. That same morning a Dutch real-estate company announced that in the Netherlands 6,5 million m2. office-space is empty; which is 14% of the total amount.



Can the Internet of Things 'Fix this PLanet'?

Fix this Planet: "a good example of where the Internet of Things can actually begin to make sense.  In an working system, you would like if one failing component informed another – preferably a dependent component – of impending shutdown or destruction.  And that component would inform other components in a waterfall effect that pinpoints the failure while failing safely." (source) Once a broken thing is identified, it needs to be located.

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"So whatever your role in the creative industries, from publishing and architecture to design, the ‘internet of things’ will impact on what you do."

"3 sister KT networks are arranging a workshop on January the 28th at the BIS conference centre in London, to explore the causes of this. What are the opportunities, where are the barriers to adoption and what can be done to accelerate mass usage. The output of the workshop will inform potential investments and initiatives by the Technology Strategy Board in this space.



Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang: "[and eventually] we’ll have The Internet of Things.”

Jon Worrel writes: " Nvidia's press conference at CES 2011 in Las Vegas,  went into detail about a mobile paradigm shift that is radically changing the face of computing technology. The idea that more and more consumers are shifting from content production to content consumption was emphasized during the keynote, particularly with focus on advancements in mobile computing power to make it all possible.



"Two trends are converging to create a deluge of data well beyond what most observers can comprehend..."

In The Internet of Things and the Cloud CIO of the Future, Bernard Golden, says: "Forbes this week published an interesting article written by Ed Sperling titled "CIOs: Be Careful What You Wish For." In it, Sperling posits that virtualization will cause a shift for IT leadership from technology to data. He writes: "The virtualization being implemented everywhere will give way to cloud computing, and cloud computing will unclutter technology to the point where the focus will migrate from technology to data."



New book out: Development of Field Information Monitoring System Based on the Internet of Things

Abstract: "With the rapid development and wide application of electronics, communication and embedded system technologies, the global agriculture is changing from traditional agriculture that is to improve the production relying on the increase of labor, agricultural inputs to the new stage of modern agriculture with low yields, high efficiency, real-time and accuracy.



Martin Pot: "we realise ‘homes’ which contain huge amounts of data"

It was, I believe, the French psycho-analyst Jacques Lacan who stated that the reality in which man lives mainly consist of images, desires, etc. , not the average social daily life. Our build environment is only for a small – but important – part a precondition for this; where it concerns our experiences we have an increasing amount of possibilities available to determine, realise and influence our environment, be it build or virtual. So far our experiences in the virtual world take place within the build environment; we need some kind of ‘sphere’,



Second International Workshop on the Web of Things (WoT 2011) -- CFP

 

Web of Things researchers and community members, warm-up your keyboards, we are waiting for you submission to WoT 2011! After a successful WoT 2010 workshop, we are glad to announce WoT 2011, co-located with Pervasive 2011.

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Council interview with Arlissa Vaughn of Visual Overture Magazine

It is a very difficult question, but what does art mean to you?: "Assuming we are first of all limiting here the word "art" to mean visual art, then I believe art is a visual language that penetrates beyond vision into the soul of humanity. Art follows a set of visual rules, part of the visual language, that makes it aesthetically pleasing, therefore first attracting a viewer's attention.



NXP and Gemalto Sign Licensing Agreement for Adding MIFARE to UICC Card

AllPayNews: NXP  and Gemalto announced a global strategic licensing agreement for NXP’s MIFARE™ technology, enabling Gemalto to integrate MIFARE into its UICC cards. "This cooperation aims at spurring the usage of NFC mobile devices in the MIFARE infrastructure, therefore accelerating worldwide deployments of mobile contactless services." “MIFARE is already at the heart of contactless infrastructures around the world,” said Henri Ardevol, vice president and general manager, secure transactions, NXP Semiconductors.



At Dutch Festival, Visitors Used RFID to Critique Art, Share Opinions

By Mary Catherine O'Connor in RFID Journal: "Thousands of attendees at the 10-day STRP Festival used passive tags to record their reactions to dozens of interactive art installations, as well as share them on Facebook and Twitter. The STRP Festival, a 10-day event filled with art, music and technology, takes place in the Netherlands' city of Eindhoven, attracting thousands of people to its concerts, galleries and conference tracks.



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