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.

How will the Internet of Things reshape your business?

Source: "THE INTERNET OF THINGS (IoT) has become one of the biggest buzz terms in the information technology (IT) industry over recent months, spurred on by innovative technology such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Apple Carplay.
But the Internet of Things won't just be for the consumer world, it's also set to rock the world of business. Sensors are being developed that can be applied to a huge range of devices, allowing users to monitor

Google Nest: Trust, Hug, Bee, Bye (Is it for real?)

Why Google Nest?: In 2014 we purchased Nest Labs, an innovative little company reinventing unloved but important devices in the home such as thermostats and smoke alarms. We saw the potential of the brand to go further and to incorporate a range of new products for living life on the web with ease and comfort.The intention behind Google Nest is to restore confidence in the opportunities the internet offers. The products themselves are the result of an intensive period of studying user behavior in response to increased debate around privacy and government surveillance. Read more about Google Nest: Trust, Hug, Bee, Bye (Is it for real?)

Vator Splash: Privacy in the Internet of Things era

Source: „The Internet of Things was a big topic on Wednesday at Vator Splash Oakland. VatorNews reporter Steven Loeb moderated a panel that included Shasta Ventures’ Rob Coneybeer (whose name sounds delicious), Neura founder and CEO Gilad Meiri, and GainSpan CEO Greg Winner.
In the new Snowden era of data collection, the topic of privacy is a touchy one. As Loeb pointed out, most people have the option to not use Google, but if, one day, every coffeemaker on the shelf is a smart coffeemaker that transmits data back

Internet of Things Reshapes Security Requirements

Source: „The ability of objects in the Internet of Things to change the state of environments — in addition to generating data — will cause information security executives to redefine the scope of their security efforts beyond present responsibilities, according to a report from Gartner Inc. The research firm predicts that IoT security requirements will reshape and expand more than half of all global enterprise IT security programs by 2020 due to changes in supported platform and service scale, diversity and function.
"The IoT is redrawing the lines of IT responsibilities for the enterprise," Earl Perkins

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Stephen Lawson: Internet of Things will stump IT until cloud, big data come aboard, EMC says

Source: „The IT systems of the past 20 years won't be able to handle the emerging Internet of Things, which will call for cloud computing, virtualization, efficient storage and big-data analysis, according to EMC.
As more consumer devices and industrial equipment get connected through the IoT, the flood of data and the opportunities to make things run better will make the familiar client-server systems now in use obsolete, said Paul Maritz, CEO of EMC's Pivotal division.

Charlyn Keating: Big Changes at Disney World

Disney has replaced locks on 25,000+ hotel rooms with RFID readers that open with the tap of your Mickey Mouse wristband, called a MagicBand. It's part of MyMagic+, a brand-new system of managing your trip with fewer lines and more fun. Think of it as Fastpass 2.0.  

You tap the Mickey Mouse symbol to RFID readers that have been installed at every park entry, souvenir shop, restaurant and attraction. Use your MagicBand to gain access to the theme parks, pay for every Mickey ice cream bar and stuffed animal, and skip the lines at the attractions.” Read more about Charlyn Keating: Big Changes at Disney World

Rob van Kranenburg: How to facilitate structured and productive input from users?

By focussing on recent EU projects in the 90s, 1. #iot history,  I show how the industry involved in these taxes funded projects began to realize how important the enduser feedback was as products would come with more software and invisible interaction patterns 2. How the industry learned from listening to endusers. Users would need to be educated in getting comfortable around processing power in everyday environments. What better to start then from the real intuitive ways of interacting that people were already doing in their everyday lives? Read more about Rob van Kranenburg: How to facilitate structured and productive input from users?

Patrick Thibodeau: Internet of Things may make owning less appealing

Source: „At an Internet of Things (IoT) conference here, people are well beyond thinking about sensors and analytics. They are considering what happens once these tools are a part of every product sold. The implications are, potentially, huge. A business is no longer selling a stand-alone product. There is a very good chance that the device leaving a factory will be remotely controlled, monitored, updated and maintained using remote management tools, sensors and predictive analytics that continually collect

Lee Jackson: Deutsche Bank’s Five Top Stocks Dominating Internet of Things Growth

Source: „As momentum tech players have shifted to old-school value tech names, it could be because many are best positioned for the Internet of Things (IOT) era. A new report from Deutsche Bank highlights the top names that will dominate the IOT and will help unlock, in their estimation, trillions of dollars of value through cost efficiencies and new technologies. It comes as no surprise that the names that Deutsche Bank sees as leaders in this new growth are large, established industry icons.

Anindya Roy: Build Your Own Internet of Things Device

Source: „If you loved the Raspberry Pi and Kickstarter (, then you probably know what the Spark Core can do. If you don't, then here's a quick introduction. The Spark Core is a tiny little chip that's making waves in the world of Internet of Things. So much so that I feel it will become the foundation stone for the IoT in times to come.
In a nutshell, the Spark Core is a tiny Wi-Fi development board to easily create internet-connected hardware. You can power it over USB and start controlling various devices like LEDs, switches, motors, etc and for collecting data over the internet. Read more about Anindya Roy: Build Your Own Internet of Things Device

thingworld : International Triennial of New Media Art

Source: "The world is a thingworld. For without things there would be nothing to describe, to interpret, to comment on, there would be no evocative signifiers that trigger imagination, conjure up representation, neither would there be societies nor cultures. The world is a thingworld. In Chinese language, the word for “thing” is a compound of the characters East and West, a geographic stretch across the infinite space of two imaginary ends in the ancient mind.." Read more about thingworld : International Triennial of New Media Art

Mark Roberti: Can we connect an RFID system to Facebook simply by implementing a login, or would we need to store Facebook user credentials?

Source: "Facebook has an application programming interface (API) that allows you to link an RFID tag to a person's login credentials, so once you create the links, reading an RFID transponder logs that individual into his or her Facebook account. This is useful for things like photo kiosks, Read more about Mark Roberti: Can we connect an RFID system to Facebook simply by implementing a login, or would we need to store Facebook user credentials?

Santander Mayor Iñigo de la Serna: “We want to create a new, cooperative relationship between the people and the city government.”

Ultimately, there’s also the question of privacy versus security. Sensors that capture sound, images and locations of individuals can be helpful when we need protection or greater security. But there is always the worry that what starts as surveillance in a democratic society can become something else in a country that becomes autocratic. Rob Kitchin, director of the National Institute Read more about Santander Mayor Iñigo de la Serna: “We want to create a new, cooperative relationship between the people and the city government.”

Richard Saintvilus: Intel's Push To Be the 'Internet of Thing

Source: „Like so many that has come before it, the Internet of Things has become the new buzzword among tech companies.
The term, coined more than a decade ago by British tech pioneer Kevin Ashson, refers to objects and devices that are virtually represented in the Internet. If this sounds complicated, don't worry. Semiconductor giant Intel (INTC_) plans to demystify everything about this concept. But very few people seem to believe that Intel and not Qualcomm (QCOM_) can emerge as the leader in this new category.

Karel A.Vandenbroucke: In search of a user research driven IoT journal

In the last months, we have been conducting Living Lab user research for an IoT platform, investigating the (possible) users' needs and wants. At the moment, we have a bunch of data (state-of-the-art, survey, probe research, co-creation sessions, in-depth interviews,...) and we would like to contribute to a journal. However, we can't seem to find a journal in which there is attention for IoT user research, most journals that we find are technology driven.. Read more about Karel A.Vandenbroucke: In search of a user research driven IoT journal


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