Joe Britt, the co-founder of smartphone company Danger, is back with a new startup to help manage the billions of devices expected to connect to the Internet of things.
Wednesday he debuted Afero, a company that turns the idea of a device-centric operating system on its head for the new world he envisions. His idea: Create a hardware and software that makes it easier to manage Internet connected devices as varied lightbulbs and cars.
D-CENT (Decentralised Citizens ENgagement Technologies) is a Europe-wide project bringing together citizen-led organisations that have transformed democracy in the past years, and helping them in developing the next generation of open source, distributed, and privacy-aware tools for direct democracy and economic empowermen
In the 19th century, changes in knowledge were facilitated not only by large quantities of new information pouring in from around the world but by shifts in the production, processing and analysis of that information. Hamish Robertson and Joanne Travaglia trace the connections between the 19th century data revolution and the present day one, outlining the implications this may have for the politics of big data in contemporary society. Two centuries after the first big data revolution, many of the problems and their solutions persist down to the present era.
A discussion on one of the lists I follow covers the question of “platform” support for the Internet of Things. Since consumer IoT is a kind of squooshy market right now with rapid changes in prices and no one obvious choice for what technology to adopt, it’s worthwhile taking some kind of review of the landscape for 2015 and sort out what to watch for next year.
Thingalytics describes how to use real-time analytics and algorithms to seize the opportunities that flow from IoT while simultaneously minimising threats. This composite solution manages and combines volumes, velocity and variety of data from the ever increasing number of information sources presented by cloud, mobile, IOT and social media, among others.
Four early employees of Nest Lab, acquired by Google last year, have opened the first brick-and-mortar store dedicated to the Internet of Things.
Located in Palo Alto, the software-powered store, b8ta, currently has 60 items, some available at Best Buy and many heretofore only available online. The category range includes: connected home, electric transportation, smart toys and sensory augmentation devices.
Public- and private-sector officials gathered in Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning to discuss the opportunities and risks surrounding the ever-expanding Internet of Things (IoT) and the part government should play in its evolution.
With billions of new connected devices projected to come online by 2020, industry experts urged national governments around the world to approach the growing space in a light-handed and strategic way.
Two buzz phrases that are overused and underappreciated.
Overused because they cover a variety of activities and companies. Crowdsourcing can mean raising money on a platform like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, and it can also mean getting people together for an impromptu flash mob. Internet of Things can refer to almost any pairing of hardware and software that makes our “stuff” smarter.
Under-appreciated because entrepreneurs are making extremely important innovations utilizing these online tools and in these industries.
Behind all the buzzwords, IBM has a solid strategy.
Watson—IBM’s cognitive computing service that plays Jeopardy, assists doctors in diagnosing patients, and helps financial service professionals recommend products to clients—now has a new role. Watson will help IBM IBM 1.80% clients shuffle through reams of data expected to be generated by the masses of connected objects coming online as part of the Internet of things. Watson’s skills will be made available as part of the services offered to customers who come in through IBM’s IoT Foundation cloud product.
Security in the IoT is one the main concerns for municipalities as Smart Cities projects start being a reality. In the next article we will expose what is the security proposal developed by Libelium for its sensor devices and gateways: Waspmote, Plug & Sense! and Meshlium.
Ubiquitous sensors, devices, networks and information are paving the way towards a smart world in which computational intelligence is distributed throughout the physical environment to provide reliable and relevant services to people. This ubiquitous intelligence will change the computing landscape because it will enable new breeds of applications and systems to be developed and the realm of computing possibilities will be significantly extended.
Two years ago, when Paul Brody was running IBM's 'internet of things' division in Silicon Valley, numerous colleagues told him to stop rambling on about the blockchain. When he tried to introduce some of them to the programmer Vitalik Buterin, their response was: "Who is this 19-year-old Russian and why are they bringing him into our office?"
Brody knew full well who Buterin was; pretty soon, his colleagues did too.