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.

Claire Rowland: 'Designing Connected Products: UX for the consumer

Source: "The Internet of Things (IoT) promises a wealth of new possibilities for interacting with the world around us. But it is still an immature and technology-driven field, and there are many barriers to creating compelling consumer products. This book explains in simple terms what the challenges are and explores practical solutions for solving them. Drawing on the best of current design practice and academic research, Designing Connected Products provides an introduction to the technology of IoT and practical guidance on designing for diverse devices

Call for Papers: Leveraging the Internet of Things: Integration of Sensors and Cloud Computing Systems

Source: „The increasing penetration of sensing devices in various aspects of physical infrastructures is modifying the way of how Internet services and applications are both conceived and consumed. The integration of distributed sensor networks with cloud computing systems is raising the interest of both the academic and industrial communities. Developments and progress in this area pave the way to novel scenarios for internet of things (IoT) applications. Virtualization generates pools Read more about Call for Papers: Leveraging the Internet of Things: Integration of Sensors and Cloud Computing Systems

Chris Neiger : 5 Wild Internet of Things Predictions

Source: „It's hard to ignore the Internet of Things. Pundits, futurists, tech companies and everyone in between seems to be talking about it. Gartner thinks the Internet of Things, or IoT, will reach 26 billion installed units and worldwide sales of $1.9 trillion by 2020.
But what do some of the world's experts think? A Pew Research survey  conducted back in May questioned 1,600 experts on what the Internet of Things will look like in 2025.The results ranged from fascinating to terrifying. Here are some the wildest predictions from the survey:
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Rob van Kranenburg, Mohammadreza Rezvan, Saleh Azari: Report from the First Internet of Things Conference, Isfahan.

What was achieved?
- a realization that a local version of IoT is entirely feasible and doable in terms of conceptual architecture, designing the semantic layer that identitfes building blocks on a high abstract level so that objects, actions and infrastructure can be described in the same way and usecases can be build in a unified way.

Dave Friedman: Why China will leapfrog the world in Internet of Things

Source: „The U.S. led the world in the PC revolution. Europe was where cell phones took off. So where will the wellspring of innovation and customer adoption take place for the Internet of Things? With its recent IPO, Alibaba is a ramping up a strategy for the Internet of Things. Seeing the success of Nest and Dropcam in the US, all of the major Chinese web properties— SINA, Baidu, Tencent —are looking at ways to use connected devices as a way to increase market share and advertising revenue. SINA started the trend last year with Wi-Fi weather stations.

Rachel Oakley: Following a successful Kickstarter project, SmartThings was born.

Source: „Until recently, we had to rely on alarm systems to keep our homes safe. While they were effective in notifying the whole neighbourhood about what was going on inside your house, you were probably the last to know if you were anywhere out of earshot of that deafening alarm. Today, you can monitor everything in your home from afar, via a simple app on your smartphone. SmartThings is an app that offers security and peace of mind by connecting your physical home environment to the internet, allowing you to monitor, control, and automate everything from anywhere.

Brad Sowell: NASCIO 2014: States Adopt Smart Sensors

Source: „The Internet of Things is becoming more prevalent, and states are taking advantage of the technology to better serve their constituents. The Internet of Things is getting bigger by the day. According to Gartner, there will be nearly 26 billion IoT devices by 2020. As more things connect to the Internet, states are starting to tap the IoT to provide resources to their citizens. For example, the North Carolina Innovation Center — or iCenter, for short — plans to implement sensors in museums and aquariums throughout the state. Any visitor with an iPhone can walk through a museum

Phillip Pantuso: Pew Study Predicts What Digital Life in 2025 Will Look Like

Source: „To mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee, this year the Pew Research Center is conducting a series of studies examining the past, present, and future of the Internet. Dad jokes are expected to be a constant.
Released by the center today, the report imagines what digital life in 2025 will look like based on a canvassing of more than two-thousand experts about future of such concerns as privacy, cybersecurity, the “Internet of things,” and net neutrality.”

Amy-jo Crowley: Which UK companies are unlocking the value in the IoT?

  • Neul
  • Evrythng
  • Flexeye
  • NWave Technologies
  • Bleepbleeps
  • Little Riot
  • MCQN
  • Connect-In
  • Love Hz
  • Blue Sense Networks

Joon Ian Wong: Bitcoin Could Transform Internet of Things into Vast Data Marketplace

Source: „As sportswear giant Nike expands its wearable technology applications, it will need more data to feed its gadgets and software.
To do that will be a simple matter in the future. A Nike executive will simply pull up a list of sensors operated by a private weather station, selecting the ones from which she would like to buy data.
With a click, the executive will pay individual sensors – perhaps thermostats mounted in a Central Park pathway particularly favoured by joggers – for their data, using bitcoin. The weather sensors will be just one part of a future market

The goals for Dowse are in first place ethical: ultimately aiming at the production, enhancement and distribution of responsible and free/libre software.

Dowse: "In the IoT paradigm, having a clear overview of what goes in and out of the network becomes of crucial importance for home users and professionals. The ultimate question of responsibility for whatever happens within a network cannot be easily answered, considering the way things can autonomously decide to initiate communications.

Sally A. Applin & Michael D. Fischer: Applied Agency: Resolving Multiplexed Communication in Automobiles

Source: „We explore the transition to greater sociability concerning automobiles in the context of communications being more fully integrated into their systems. We briefly examine the historical significance of past social technologies in cars and the relationship between synchronous and asynchronous communication technologies in the present. In particular, we examine the consequences of the emergent network that results from interaction between Read more about Sally A. Applin & Michael D. Fischer: Applied Agency: Resolving Multiplexed Communication in Automobiles

Dana Blouin: Casting Light on the Internet of Things

Source: „Smart bulbs were among the first products to have commercial success in the connected home. While simple in theory, they have the very practical application of allowing users to control electric lights from smartphones or tablets.
Interactivity is one of their key features. The lights allow users to interact with them in a number of new ways and offer other features that standard bulbs do not. Take color, for instance. Users can cycle through colors to change the mood of a room or make it more relaxing.
Of course the bulbs are also energy efficient because they are light-emitting diode (or LEDs).

Atmel Joins Forces with ARM on Internet of Things Development Platform

Press: „Today at ARM TechCon, Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a global leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, is announcing a partnership with ARM on the mbed device platform for the Internet of Things (IoT).
This partnership broadens the ecosystem support for developers using Atmel's portfolio of secure, low-power and cost-effective wireless connectivity solutions, specifically the Atmel SmartConnect Wi-Fi and 802.15.4-compliant solutions. Additionally, IoT developers for smart wearables

Giulio Coraggio: Connected cars – legal issues and hurdles!

Source: „Connected cars are expected to generate $ 131.9 billion by 2019 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34.7% from 2013 to 2019.  But such growth shall face legal issues that not only affect data protection matters, but also have an impact on product liability issues, telecom law obligations, security and data loss risks. 
Connected cars are the subcategory of the Internet of Things relating to technologies that for instance can prevent accidents detecting other vehicles around the car or monitor the body conditions of drivers to prevent accidents if he feels sick or falls asleep.


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