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.

David Undercoffler: CES live updates:...a buzzphrase has been invented to encompass them all — the Internet of Things

Source: "At the Consumer Electronics Show, more than 160,000 people from more than 140 countries will see the latest smartphones, the sharpest new television sets, virtual reality software and headgear, over-the-top TV boxes, automotive electronics, and so many different kind of devices to attach to the Internet that a buzzphrase has been invented to encompass them all — the Internet of Things."                                                                   We’ll be live blogging the whole thing. Read more about David Undercoffler: CES live updates:...a buzzphrase has been invented to encompass them all — the Internet of Things



Michele Nati: Kasper de Graaf on Vital.eu and Philip Rambech on Private Radio Network for IoT usage.

Internet of Things Meetup 7: Kasper de Graaf (Images&Co) will talk about the EU VITAL Project (http://vital-iot.eu) and the Camden Smarter working prototype. Philip Rambech (Stratos Group) will talk about Private Radio Network for IoT usage. 
 
Michele Nati made a review of IoT Meetup Guildford 6:
There was a very good attendance rate, about 30 people, with representative of the EU-Japan IKaaS project.


Lance A. Leventhal: Ethernet Technology Summit 2015 Internet-of-Things Seminar

The Internet-of-Things (IoT or IoE) encompasses the idea that all kinds of devices (automobiles, household appliances, instruments, signals, sensors, and factory machines, for example) will communicate over the Web, getting their instructions and reporting their data or status remotely, The seminar offers a comprehensive survey of the networking aspects of this new development. It begins with a broad overview of the IoT from market, technology, and standardization perspectives. It continues with discussions of what sorts of networks Read more about Lance A. Leventhal: Ethernet Technology Summit 2015 Internet-of-Things Seminar



DK Matai: How to Prepare for the Super Convergence: the Bio-Info-Nano Singularity?

Source: “Information and communication technologies -- of all kinds -- double their power measured in terms of price performance, capacity and bandwidth almost every year. As a result, we are witnessing accelerating trends of exponential growth in the Bio-Info-Nano (BIN) revolution unfolding all around us. Just as soon as we have grasped the relevance of some new BIN innovation, we are challenged by yet more extraordinary discoveries and inventions that completely overwhelm our expectations and understanding. The paradigm shifts, taken together Read more about DK Matai: How to Prepare for the Super Convergence: the Bio-Info-Nano Singularity?



Infographic: Why the Internet of Things Hasn't Really Caught On Yet Brands

Source: "With all the hype about the Internet of Things—new connected products intended to bring greater efficiencies and simplicity to life—it may be surprising how few consumers are actually adopting these new technologies.  "Despite predictions of rapid growth for smart products in the near future, the Internet of Things has yet to secure a foothold in the mainstream consumer market," notes a new exploratory case study by Affinova, which asked consumers to evaluate more than 4 million product concept variations and identify the most desired products and functions. Read more about Infographic: Why the Internet of Things Hasn't Really Caught On Yet Brands



Scott Kirsner: 2015: Year of the Thing

Source: “The Internet of Things promises to eradicate most of the annoyances of the 21st century homeowner. Broken appliance? Sensors will diagnose what’s wrong, report it to the manufacturer, and quickly dispatch a repairman with the necessary part. Intelligent light bulbs will make your home look inhabited while you’re away. And if your pipes should freeze and then burst, a device in your basement will alert you by smartphone before you’ve got a swimming pool. Is 2015 finally the year that the long-heralded potential of a house full of connected devices starts to materialize? At this week’s always optimistic Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,


Gail Overton: Photonics and the Internet of Things

Source: “In our 2015 Annual Laser Market Review & Forecast (to be published in the January 2015 issue of Laser Focus World), we discuss the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it will benefit the bottom line of photonics and laser companies worldwide. It turns out that this catch phrase for an Internet-connected smart society has been gaining momentum for decades--long before the advent of the Internet and the interconnectedness that it enables. A recent Forbes magazine article looks at the history of IoT, with references back to 1932 of how technology would enable be the mechanical 'slave' of the future that would control our


Mark Wilson: Ignore Qualcomm's excitement, the Internet of Things hasn’t arrived in homes



Source: “The future is here! We are actually living in the future. The futuristic sci-fi imaginings of the 1960's are not only a reality, they have been bettered, exceeded and trumped. At least that's what we're led to believe. The reality is rather different. A lot of excitement has been pinned on the Internet of Things -- little more than connected, communicating devices -- but Qualcomm is taking things even further. In a video released ahead of CES 2015, the chipmaker waxes lyrical about not the Internet of Things we're supposed to know and love, but the Internet of Everything.


Amit S. Upadhye: While Modi dreams of smart cities, IISc pitches for smart villages

Source: “The study has already caught the attention of Union minister, Ananth Kumar, who has reportedly agreed to take the project forward if the pilot is successful. Picture for representation purpose only
Bengaluru: If Prime Minister Narendra Modi dreams of creating smart cities in the country, researchers of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have outsmarted  him and gone a step ahead. They are trying to create a ‘Smart Grama’ or  smart village to bridge the rural- urban divide.  
A survey of eight villages under the Ragi Hosahalli Gram Panchayat


DDA plans smart city, flats for senior citizens in 2015

Source: “A smart "world-class" city in Dwarka, exclusive apartments for senior citizens, a financial hub, electric buses for Delhi and erecting the city's tallest building are among DDA's major plans this year. The 'smart city' envisioned by DDA will be a complete sub-city, which would be located in an area of 20-24 hectares, zoned out of Dwarka, Rohini and Narela, and will be equipped with latest technologies and waste-management techniques
 
...However, sources said that the project is in a "very primitive stage" as of now and has "not reached the drawing board yet".


John Nelson: Imec prints sub-one volt RFID chip on flexible plastic

Source: “Imec has announced a breakthrough in the race to develop RFID chips to enable the Internet of Things (IoT). On 17 December, it unveiled a thin-film transistor (TFT) circuit mounted on a 25µ thick foil. The chip operates off just 0.55V, consuming 0.25µW of power. Its developers at the Belgium-based research centre estimate that this means a single AAA battery could power it for more than 20 years. The likely application for the low power drawing RFID chip will in the IoT, as a cheap wireless communication component relaying data from a discrete sensor. In this application its flexibility and low-cost - once


Anders Bylund: Has Texas Instruments Cracked the Self-Powered Internet of Things?

Source: “The Internet of Things, also known as IoT, is all about putting sensors, computing power, and networking everywhere. Some places are very difficult to populate with silicon chips because there's no good way to supply the necessary electric power. That puts a damper on the growth of IoT devices. Why bother to build the data-crunching machinery if there's no reliable power source?
 
This familiar logo might soon be plastered all over a new category of devices. Source: Texas Instruments.


Robyn Beck: Internet's only just begun to run your life

Source: “Plugging everyday items onto the Internet is expected to be an expanding trend at this year's CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, which opens Tuesday in Las Vegas.  "Things like your toothbrush or your door locks or other objects around your workplace or home" are all getting censors and being plugged onto the Internet, says Shawn DuBravac, chief economist for the Consumer Electronics Association which puts on CES. DuBravac says last year was a turning point in this trend, known as "The Internet of Things." And this year, he says, there are more such objects than ever. "For example, Adidas has a connected soccer ball ... and will measure your kick," DuBravac says.


Suzanne Kattau: Internet of Things will drive biometrics into mainstream

Source: “In 2015, the cloud will eclipse legacy infrastructure and context-driven security will take center stage. Also, biometrics will go mainstream and natural user interfaces (UIs) will evolve at a fast rate, driven by the Internet of Things (IoT). This is all according to Andre Durand, CEO of Ping Identity Corporation, a provider of single sign-on and identity management software.
Durand’s predictions about emerging technologies are all part of our second annual Technology Predictions series in which industry experts share their predictions with us about the hot tech trends that they think


Erik Post: Discovering the Internet of Things

Source: “The beginning of a inflection point for law, business and technology is staring at us. The Internet of Things has quickly become a new frontier for technology vendors to explore, the corporate world to consider, and the legal community to fear. What is the IoT? Everyday objects—such as household appliances, light bulbs, coffee machines, automobiles, personal devices and health devices— that have network connectivity and can send and receive data without human interaction. A simple example: The Nest thermostat that can "learn" your heating and cooling preferences and then adjust them automatically. Today there are around 10 billion Internet-connected devices in the world.


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