Samuel Gibbs: Amazon moves towards 'internet of things' shopping with Dash

Source: “Have you ever been stuck on the toilet with no toilet roll? An end to that nightmare might soon be in sight. Amazon’s next big thing in the “internet of things” lets you order a new roll at the touch of a button, even as you sit in the smallest room. The Dash Button is a single-use Wi-Fi enabled ordering device, you press it and it orders directly for you. Of course, until Amazon perfect drone delivery, the new toilet roll may not quite arrive in time … but for plenty of other products will. The future could see a home filled with buy buttons for branded products and machines that can instantly re-order supplies

Lily Bui: Sense Your City Data Art Challenge

Source: “To empower citizens to sense and make sense of their environment, we created a DIY sensor network to measure pollution, dust, light, sound, temperature, and humidity. We created an interactive map, opened the data, and asked you to use it to narrate a story about your city.
Over the course of four months across seven cities in three continents, we engaged over 120k people and got to know more than 700 people who participated in our workshops and events.
98 citizens assembled and deployed sensors on their residences, offices, universities and local hackerspaces, and 340 people exchanged ideas online.

Maria Korolov: Will open source save the Internet of Things?

Source: “To some degree, open source is already present throughout the Internet of Things value chain. Cloud apps that collect and analyze data are heavily dependent on open source software and standards, for example.
And many of the individual IoT devices and gateways run on some version of Linux. "Device manufacturers have taken up open source software at the operating system level at a 40 to 50 percent share, but there's also a lot of proprietary and legacy software embedded in devices and that will continue," says Bill Weinberg, senior director at Black Duck Software.

Irene Mavrommati: European Conference on Ambient Intelligence

The European Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI) is the prime venue for research on Ambient Intelligence with an international and interdisciplinary character. It brings together researchers from the fields of science, engineering, and design working towards the vision of Ambient Intelligence which represents a future where we shall be surrounded by invisible technological means, sensitive and responsive to people and their behavior, deliver advanced functions, services and experiences. Ambient Intelligence combines concepts of ubiquitous

Matt Witheiler: Reimagining Everyday Objects

Source: “Can we agree that the term “Internet of things” should go away when we’re talking about consumer products? Like the “world wide web” before it, the Internet of things phrase is a relic from the past. I don’t need a connected washing machine or Internet-enabled color changing LED light bulb and nor does anyone else. “Things” don’t need the Internet.
 
I especially dislike the term because “Internet of things” does not accurately describe the consumer hardware revolution we’re in the midst of.

John Warner: The Internet of Things Is Coming for Your Children

Source: “The “Internet of Things” is poised to enter the classroom.
 
If you are not familiar with the Internet of Things, think of it as your everyday objects networked and optimized. The popular NEST thermostat is a handy example. It logs behaviors, reports those behaviors to a larger infrastructure and receives instructions about heating or cooling the house to maximum efficiency in return, all without any direct human intervention.
This technology is rapidly rolling out in cars and household appliances –

Leo Sun: Facebook Inc Has Big Plans to Take Over the Internet of Things

Source: "Facebook (NASDAQ: FB  ) recently added support for Internet-connected devices to Parse, the mobile app development platform it acquired nearly two years ago. This move could help the social network tap into the booming Internet of Things (IoT) market, which IDC believes will grow from $1.9 trillion in 2013 to $7.1 trillion by 2020. Let's take a closer look at Parse, why it is so important to the future of Facebook, and how an expansion into the IoT market would help the social network.

Luis Ibanez: Arduino Day Special: Getting started with RFID tags

Source: “RFIDs—we use them every day. With every visit to the supermarket, public library, bookstore, or department store, we handle objects that have an RFID tag, which stands for Radio Frequency Identification. For one, these small tags make it easier for shop owners to keep inventory by tracking the flow of items as they're brought in, moved around, and purchased. RFID tags are usually composed of a small electronic chip that can store a few thousand bytes and an antenna that commonly takes the shape of a tight spiral

Tomaž Vidonja: 5th Living Bits and Things 2015, June 8th – 9th, 2015, Bled, Slovenia

Source: “In its 5th year »Living bits and things 2015« is all about delivering the value of the IoT to the market. Primarily focused to business applications it addresses the most relevant challenges in Smart Healthcare and Wellbeing, Smart cities and Industrial applications. Traditionally the event gives attendees insights and understanding of the centra and sout-east Europe region and opportunity to share and discuss their daily challenges with professionals and experts. 

Jared Newman: Right now, the Internet of Thingsis like the Internet of the 1990’s

Source: “Unless you think of technology as a geeky hobby unto itself, giving an Internet connection to everyday objects might seem like a waste of energy. Who needs really needs an online toaster, anyway? But just as the Internet was easy to underestimate in its infancy, this new push to connect everyday devices—a concept known as the "Internet of Things"—is barely representative today of what it might become tomorrow. And the parallels go beyond just potential. 

Réan van Niekerk: No future fantasy: the Internet of Things is already shaping South African society

Source: “The Internet of Things is already helping to shape and its influence is set to increase dramatically in the next few years as the impact of new technologies is felt.
The terminology is new, but the practice is not. We’ve been quietly building the Internet of Things (IoT) for more than a decade already, connecting nationwide networks of sensors for everything from traffic monitoring to national electricity distribution using

David H. Deans: How forward-thinking utilities are adopting the Internet of Things

Source: Most utility companies have a plan to utilize technologies that are key ingredients of the Internet of Things (IoT). As an example, the Smart Grid Sensor market will expand rapidly in the coming decade, with revenues growing nearly ten-fold, according to the latest worldwide market study by IHS.  IHS forecasts that while the smart grid sensor market only accounted for less than 20 percent of total sensor sales revenues in 2014, they will account for 75 percent of the total sensor

Will Flanagan: This Chicago Kickstarter Wants to 'Democratize' the Internet of Things for Developers

Source: For most connected devices, the Internet of Things should really be called "Internet of Things That Are Connected to WiFi." If wireless is unavailable or unreliable, the device is no longer connected; it's just a thing. That's why Konekt, a Chicago-based IoT company, is launching a Kickstarter campaign for its new Konekt Dash developer toolkit. Dash provides programmers and entrepreneurs with the hardware needed to connect

Jay Wey : Whitepaper for the IoT Connectivity. A Cellular-type Protocol Innovation for the Internet of Things

This paper argues that there is a need for improved cellular-inspired solutions for IoT networks and their applications. These cellular IoT solutions would ideally operate on the license-free sub-GHz frequency bands. These bands offer good coverage and high data rates at no cost for using these frequencies.

Ben Popper: Facebook pushes into the internet of things, hoping to help power your smart devices

Source: “At its F8 developer conference today, Facebook announced that it's rolling out a new software development kit for Parse, a company it acquired in 2013 that provides a cloud backend for app developers. The goal is to make it easy for apps built on Parse to share data with connected devices like smart locks and lightbulbs.
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Facebook likely hopes that this will make it easy for data to flow

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