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.

Kevin Hunt: Smart socks, smart pacifier, smart ring: It's the Internet of Things

Source: " A 3D food printer and self-parking BMW? We're intrigued.
Will 2015 be the year of the connected pacifier, the almighty gesture-control ring or printable, edible cupcake frosting? Probably not, but I now feel less guilt-ridden about last year's endorsement of a slow cooker programmable and controllable by a smartphone app.
The wireless connection of everyday things continues. What: A Bluetooth-connected smart pacifier

Dominic Basulto: 3 reasons why the Internet of Things (still) doesn’t make sense

Source: “Yoon Boo-Keun, president and co-chief executive officer of Samsung, speaks at a news conference during CES in Las Vegas. Samsung has emerged as one of the biggest backers for the “Internet of Things.” (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)
If there was one big buzzword out of this year’s CES, it was the “Internet of Things.” Just about every major tech company seemingly wants to sell products or services as part of the Internet of Things. According to Cisco chief executive John Chambers, 

Ben van Lier: The Internet of Things: Wholism and Evolution

Source: “The Chief Scientific Adviser of the UK Government states in a recently published report that: “We are on the verge of an extraordinary revolution in which the digital world becomes completely embedded throughout the manufactured and engineered products on which advanced societies depend. Several harbingers of this revolution could be found at the CES 2015 trade show in Las Vegas where 'new devices for smartening up your home are plentiful. We’ve seen kitchen appliances, lighting systems, and electrical conduits that are designed to

Don Clark: The Internet of Things Spurs Rival Consortia

Source: “Two prominent groups of companies are developing rival technology standards to help smart devices work together. But they agree on one thing: the Linux Foundation can help.
The Open Internet Consortium–established last summer with members such as Intel , Cisco Systems and General Electric –on Wednesday said the San Francisco-based foundation will oversee a project called IoTivity. Its goal is the creation of open-source software that will exploit specifications the consortium is developing.

Bonnie Cha: A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Internet of Things

Source: “Smart locks, smart thermostats, smart cars — you’ve probably heard some of these terms lately, and you’re going to hear them even more as the year goes on. But what are these things exactly — and what makes them so smart? These devices are all part of an emerging category called the Internet of Things, or IoT for short. At its very basic level, IoT refers to the connection of everyday objects to the Internet and to one another, with the goal being to provide users with smarter, more efficient experiences.

Alex Barinka: To Keep BlackBerry Alive, CEO Leans on the Internet of Things

Source: “Chief Executive Officer John Chen’s turnaround plan at BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY) comes down to two words: network security. Since taking over in late 2013, he has worked to revamp the once-iconic device maker after its share of the global smartphone market fell to less than 1 percent. Chen’s BlackBerry has focused on providing software and security for governments and corporations. When the Waterloo, Ontario, company releases new phones, they still cater to business users. BlackBerry’s secure technology could make the company

John Horn: The thing that will make or break the Internet of things isn’t a thing

Source: “The Internet of things is on track to be a $71 billion industry by 2018. A future where your refrigerator knows when you’re out of milk and your thermostat can adapt to your personal preferences and behaviors is no longer far-fetched. But it’s still far from a sure thing.
For manufacturers, the bulk of the challenge now lies in two areas: collaboration and standardization. For both of these, the key to success isn’t going to come from new technological advances; it will come from partnering with the right people.

Mic Wright: IoTivity is a new open-source attempt to establish Internet-of-Things standards

Source: “The number of internet-connected devices is exploding but there’s still a big need for shared standards for the Internet of Things (IoT). IoTivity, an open source software framework, which has launched its Preview Release today, is one attempt to deal with that. IoTivity is hosted by The Linux Foundation and will release a reference implementation of the IoT standards defined by the Open Internet Consortium (OIC), which has more than 50 members including Intel and Samsung.

Strukhoff: Is It Time for Hadoop Derivatives?

Is there an emerging market for OEM-ed Hadoop? Altoros Founder and CEO Renat Khasanshyn (pitured below) saw initial evidence of this recently, at a meetup he organized in San Ramon, CA.The meetup was ostensibly about Cloud Foundry and Docker, and featured speakers discussing the use of Hadoop with Docker Containers, and "Dockerizing" enterprise IT.

"The nature of questions about multi-tenant deployments these folks were asking brought me to a conclusion: many of them are in the early stages of building stuff not so much for internal use but for sale to external customers," Renat says. Read more about Strukhoff: Is It Time for Hadoop Derivatives?

David Kravets: Internet of Things: There’s now a US congressional committee for that

Source: “Lawmakers are often mocked for their lack of knowledge of technology issues and the tech behind them. Now House members are attempting to tackle the biggest tech cliché of them all: the Internet of Things. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Susan DelBene (D-WA) announced Tuesday the Congressional Caucus on the Internet of Things. It will be a group of lawmakers studying—you guessed it—the Internet of Things in a bid to help educate members "on the development of innovative technology and public policy in the Internet of Things' space,"

Guy Courtin: NRF15: Retail's future in the Internet of Things

Source: “This week I'm deep in the heart of the Javits Center for the 2015 Retail Big Show, running between meetings and navigating the ever growing maze of companies. Every year I go into these meetings wondering what the "big theme" will be for the show. In the past we have had Big Data, omni-channel retail, store level replenishment, eCommerce to name a few. This year it feels like a continuation of omni-channel and analytics. But the underlying theme I have picked up from the briefings and press releases is the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) in retail.

Barclay Ballard: Should we fear the Internet of Things?

Source: “The Internet of Things, while still largely unknown amongst the general public, is expected to make a big impact in 2015. Research by Gartner indicates that the number of connected devices will reach 4.9 billion this year, but not everyone is getting excited about this developing technology.
Last week in fact, the chair of the Federal Trade Commission Edith Ramirez issued a pretty strong warning regarding IoT devices and the threat that they pose to privacy. Countering those who put forward potential IoT benefits,

Derrick Harris: Data privacy isn’t dead with the internet of things, just different

Source: “Even as websites, wearable computers and, increasingly, every piece of technology we touch gathers and analyzes our data, there’s still hope that privacy will survive. Making that case, however, might mean working from a different definition of privacy than we’re used to. One cold, hard fact about data privacy is that the data-collection ship sailed long ago, never to return. With limited exceptions, consumers can’t really stop tech companies from collecting data about them. When we log into web services,

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal: Harman shows off multi-room speakers and gesture-controlled headphones at CES

Source: “Harman had a big presence at CES, as it always does considering its portfolio includes AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, and several other well-known brands. Some of the most interesting new products at its booth this year were gesture-controlled headphones, active noise-cancelling earbuds, and an update to its Harman Kardon Wireless HD Audio System.
Harman Kardon Wireless HD Audio System: Harman describes its multi-room audio system as “HD” because

Mitch Wein: IoT — The Internet of Transformation

Source: “There are many technology trends that could impact the insurance business over the next few years, but the most potentially disruptive is the “Internet of Things.”
The Internet of Things is emerging because so many things are becoming IP-enabled, including automobiles, homes and facilities. This will also include humans through wearables like Google Glass, Apple Watch, and embedded processors in shoes and clothing. There could easily be more than 100 billion things, and billions of people, linked to the Internet by the end of this decade.


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