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.

Darrell Etherington: Google Reveals ‘The Physical Web,’ A Project To Make Internet Of Things Interaction App-Less

Source: „Google’s Scott Jenson, an interaction and UX designer who left the company only to return to the Chrome team last November, has revealed a project underway at the company called The Physical Web to provide “interaction on demand” so that people can walk up and use any smart devices without the need for intervening mobile apps. This would make it possible for users to simply walk up to a bus stop and receive the time until the next arriving bus, without any additional software needed.


Stacey Higginbotham: Thingful upgrades its search engine for the internet of things

Source: „Want to find the nearest sensor to your home or generate a list of oil tankers in the Gulf of Mexico? Thingful, a search engine for connected devices, can help.
Thingful, a startup out of the U.K., aims to build a search engine for the internet of things, and it has upgraded its beta effort with some new features. The site allows people to find connected devices, from shark monitors to Raspberry Pis, based on the object and where it is located.
For example, it might be great to discover a Netatmo weather station located


RE.WORK: Wearables: The New Personal Trainer?: Peter Li

Source: Peter Li is CEO and Co-Founder of Atlas Wearables, best known for their fitness tracker that replicates the experience of having a personal trainer. Peter’s background and focus revolve around data analytics and machine learning techniques that vastly improve user experience for wearable technologies. We caught up with Peter ahead of the Internet of Things Summit San Francisco to hear his thoughts on the wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) industries. Sophie Curtis: What is the greatest opportunity in your industry to positively impact business and society? 


RE.WORK: Data Transparency is Key to IoT Success: Florian Michahelles

Source: Florian Michahelles is the head of research group of Web of Things at Siemens Corporation, Berkeley. Together with his team he investigates to smooth data exchange between the devices to eventually make machines smarter and collaborative.
 
Sophie Curtis: Please explain your current role at Siemens. How/why did you join? Where were you before?
 
"My current role at Siemens allows me to head the web of things research team in Berkeley.


Susan Kuchinskas: How to Respect and Protect Your Users’ Privacy in the Internet of Things



Source: „A tech executive I know has his vacation home totally wired. Using his mobile phone, he can find out who’s arrived at the house, whether the boat’s at the dock, and even whether there are enough eggs in the refrigerator. He’s a guy who loves to play with gadgets and to be on the cutting edge of technology.

Soon, with more connected products available off-the-shelf and simpler ways to connect them, this ability to draw information from a variety of internet-connected sensors, cameras and devices will be everyone’s expectation. Read more about Susan Kuchinskas: How to Respect and Protect Your Users’ Privacy in the Internet of Things





Nicole Lee: ARM attempts to speed up 'internet of things' adoption with new platform

Source: „It's the year 2014, and we've yet to have our flying cars and commuter jet packs. But we do have a glimpse of the future with the advent of the "internet of things." It's essentially the idea of connecting everyday objects -- be it thermostats or kitchen appliances -- to the web, in an effort to make our lives easier. As wonderful as that sounds though, development of new IoT technologies can be slow, due in part to the multiple different protocols in existence today and how tiresome it is to create an ecosystem from scratch. Read more about Nicole Lee: ARM attempts to speed up 'internet of things' adoption with new platform



VDV Research: More Than 60% of Electronics Makers Say the Internet of Things is Already Impacting Their Business Models

Source: „The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way electronics makers conduct business, according to a recent VDC Research survey of more than 400 engineers and executives (click here for more info). The IoT enables electronics companies to sell more units, to charge higher prices for connected products, and to collect additional revenues through usage fees and bundling of cloud and cellular services.


Chris Rezendes:Sensing the potential of the Internet of Things

Source: „If you haven't heard of the "Internet of Things," you're not alone. The move to attach sensors to physical objects that communicate with us and each other is still in its infancy, but its potential is global. In one of its more familiar aspects, IoT includes new consumer products with wearable sensors, such as the Fitbit wristbands that track steps, calories, and other personal data. But that's only a small piece of the data that can be recorded and analyzed by connecting devices and machines, according to Chris Rezendes, Dartmouth resident and founder and partner of New Bedford-based INEX Advisors.


Laura Entis: Why the Investment Potential of the 'Internet of Things' May Be Overblown

Source: „Remember how, back in the early 1990s, virtual reality was about to explode onto the scene, transforming everything from the way we taught our kids to the way we consumed media? Or what about gamification? Just a few years ago, the buzzword was offered up as the solution to everything from disengaged employees to America's obesity problem. Both emerging technologies had their time in the sun, but the lofty predictions have failed to materialize. Despite Facebook's recent $2 billion purchase of Oculus


Stacey Higginbotham: In China, the internet of things is a social phenomenon

Source: „China is an ardent adopter of technology trends and its enthusiasm for the internet of things is no exception. Chinese e-commerce provider Alibaba may be popular this month because of its blockbuster IPO, but it and several other big Chinese web properties such as Baidu, Sina Weibo and Tencent are keen to expand beyond e-commerce or social networking and into the internet of things. In conversations with companies doing business in China on the IoT front, the picture that emerged was clear. China is adapting to the internet of things like it adapted to mobile


Greg Anderson: Finland's Ubisecure acquired by GMO Globalsign for IoT Identity

Source: „In tech acquisition news, Finland-based Identity and Access Management (IAM) specialist Ubisecure announces today it has been acquired by GMO Globalsign, one of the world’s largest publicly-trusted certificate authorities. The acquisition price was not disclosed. 

While Ubisecure isn't exactly what you would call a startup - their products were first under development in 1999, they've been successful in positioning themselves in one of the more exciting fields for technology these days. With Ubisecure's Read more about Greg Anderson: Finland's Ubisecure acquired by GMO Globalsign for IoT Identity



Leveling the Monetization Playing Field on the Internet of Things

Source: „SMBs need to look at the IoT as a new opportunity rather than a new challenge," said Avangate CMO Michael Ni. For smaller companies, e-commerce typically has been only about the website. Now the IoT is changing the complexity of the online experience. SMBs have to figure out how to best optimize that. This not only levels the playing field, but also completely destroys geographic boundaries.
The Internet of Things is expected to be a US$7 trillion market in six years. However, many small to medium-sized IT firms that do not have the capital to acquire the Nests of the


Mary K. Pratt: Internet of Things Prompts IT to Borrow Startup Strategy

Source: „Whirlpool, a huge company with 69,000 employees and $19 billion in sales, is borrowing startup strategies as it builds its Internet of Things capabilities--and IT is intimately involved. The appliance maker has put employees from various functions, including marketing, product development, finance, procurement and IT, into what it calls a Connectivity Team to work collaboratively in one physical space. The nimble team brings technology expertise, business perspective, consumer requirements and operational considerations to the product-development process


Stephen Graves: SAM Labs wants to make the Internet of Things as user-friendly as Lego

Source: „The everyday objects in our lives are being connected together in an Internet of Things – and it's growing at an unprecedented rate.
10 billion devices are connected to the internet today, and it's set to grow to 50 billion by 2020. But with the number of connected devices in our lives skyrocketing, there's a risk that we may lose control of how our technology interacts with the Internet of Things – and how the data generated is used.
 
Start-up SAM Labs wants to make the Internet of Things accessible again.


Paul Brody and Veena Pureswaran: Device democracy. Saving the future of the Internet of Things

IBM Institute for Business Value:  "More than a billion intelligent, connected devices already comprise today’s “Internet of Things (IoT).” The expected proliferation of hundreds of billions more places us at the threshold of a transformation sweeping across the electronics industry and many others. Yet, the dream of a smart, safe and efficient future is threatened by subscription fees, ubiquitous advertising and intrusive surveillance. For the IoT to survive the end of trust and successfully scale from billions to hundreds


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