The “internet of things” future may end up being terrible

Technology’s promise of wonderful things in the future stretches from science fiction to science fact: self-driving cars, virtual reality, smart devices such as Google Glass, and the internet of things are designed to make our lives easier and more productive. Certainly inventions of the past century such as the washing machine and combustion engine have brought leisure time to the masses. But will this trend necessarily continue? On the surface, tech that simplifies hectic modern lives seems a good idea. But we risk spending more of the time freed by these devices designed to free up our time through the growing need to micromanage them.

Nicola Fabiano at the M2M Forum: "Internet of Things and legal issues”.

M2M Forum is the International leading conference & expo displaying business matching, one-2-one meetings and networking in the machine-to-machine and Internet of Things scenario. A comprehensive Free Conference Program features international case histories and experiences in the Energy & Smart Grid market.
Milan (Italy) on 28th of April.
In the 2014 Edition, the strong point of M2M was the quality of the update offered by the over 120 speakers of the conference sessions


Edmund Ingham: Forget The Internet Of Things, There Is A Digital Revolution Taking Place In Our Shopping Malls

2015 has been heralded as the year the Internet of Things finally takes hold, but while we wait for driverless cars and save up for our Smartwatches and assorted Wearables, the omnichannel retail revolution is gathering pace.
This is no small market. In the US alone research from JC Decaux reveals that there are over 100,000 shopping centres with 75% of Americans visiting a mall at least once per month. 81% prefer to shop with a friend, making on average 1 purchase per trip, and spending nearly $4,000 dollars annually.

Giulio Coraggio: NJ Connected Car law changes the landscape of IoT

The recent approval by New Jersey of a law on the ownership of data generated by connected cars might have an impact on the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) providing an interesting approach also for European privacy regulators.
The Connected Car Law
The NJ law provides that no person other than the owner a vehicle containing a recording device may retrieve, obtain or use data recorded, stored or transmitted from a recording device (i.e. an electronic system recording data collected

Chris Neiger: Amazon's Brilliant New Service Will Make You Want the Internet of Things in Your Home

Amazon wants you to never run out of water filters, detergent, or printer ink ever again. Source: Amazon. 
Hidden inside the recent announcement of's (NASDAQ: AMZN  ) new Dash button -- which lets your order specific products with a single plastic button -- was a much more important move for Amazon, and one that has the possibility to truly change how we order consumable goods from Amazon.
It's called the Dash Replenishment Service (or DRS), and its ability to automatically reorder home goods

People are the Organizing Principle the Internet of Things Needs [PSFK 2015]

Danika Laszuk is one of many conference presenters at our three-day PSFK 2015 conference experience: Live, Work, Play Better. April 16–18, 2015, NYC. Get your tickets now.
Jawbone’s UP system is a suite of wearable devices that help people gain insights into themselves with the ultimate goal of helping them lead healthier lives through both tracking and coaching. We caught up with Danika to talk about the future of personal data.
As one of the first players in wearable technology, how have you seen the role of personal trackers evolve over the years?

Jamie Hinks: Six things you should know about the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is already well and truly here with heady expectations abound as to what we can expect in the coming decade.
It being a relatively new concept albeit being built on tried and trusted foundations, that of the world of embedded.
There is still plenty to learn about what it is, how much it is worth, and how drastically it will change the world in which we live in today and for the next decade at least.

Hayley Tsukayama: IBM's making a new business unit just for the Internet of Things

IBM announced Tuesday that it's taking a $3 billion bet on the Internet of Things over the next four years, starting a new business unit based just on helping companies collect and make sense of massive sets of data. And to kick off the new unit, the company also announced that it will partner with the Weather Co., the owner of the Weather Channel, to show off how it can turn data into insights. Weather forecasters get a bad rap for getting things wrong, but what if your insurance company had a forecast so accurate that it could send you an alert to move your car before a hailstorm

Steve Weisman: Are you safe in the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things, the popular name for the technology by which devices are connected and controlled over the Internet, is big, and it is only getting bigger. The presently estimated number of Internet of Things devices of 4.9 billion devices is expected to rise to 25 billion by 2020. IBM has recognized the opportunities present in the Internet of Things and earlier this week announced it is investing $3 billion in a new business unit that will focus entirely on developing products and services for the Internet of Things.
What kinds of things make up the Internet of Things? Products include cars

Stijn Schuermans: The currency of the Internet of Things is data

In last week’s blog post, we said that IoT is breaking free from Internet and Things. That is, Internet of Things is not about how to add a service to my product, but about turning the information generated by all those sensors, devices, things and services into knowledge about the environment and meaningful action. Making sense of data is the core value driver in the Internet of Things. Let’s explore this idea a bit further. We continue with insights from our most recent publication, IoT Developer Megatrends – a short publication on the most important trends for IoT.

Adam Molina: Aivvy Q to be the first “Internet of Things” headphones

What if you had a pair of headphones that already had music in them? A new campaign on Kickstarter has recently met their goal to bring the Aivvy Q headphones to life, the first “Internet of Things” pair of headphones. It is also an independent music player that will learn your taste in music and then download songs accordingly, storing them for offline listening. Aivvy Q[1]The Aivvy Q not only plan to compete with other headphones in the market, but also with other streaming services. While charging, the Aivvy Q will download songs from the Aivvy cloud and store them in the headphones for later.

Chris Merriman: The Internet of Things isn't just coming soon ...

“I’VE JUST MOVED HOUSE. You probably don't care about that directly, but in the process of setting everything up I was forced to realise how far the Internet of Things (IoT) has already invaded our lives. At the moment, I am looking at my router homepage and there are over 20 different internal IP addresses allocated on it after a week. I remember when I bought my first WiFi router, (it was an 802.11b with a maximum speed of 11Mbps, since you ask). My father, though far from a Luddite, said that it seemed "excessive in a one bedroom flat" to move one's computer around.

The Economist: Of sensors and sensibility

Source: "THE expression “at the touch of a button” connotes speed and immediacy. Amazon is taking the phrase literally. This week the e-commerce firm announced a program that offers members of its Prime scheme branded, wireless-connected buttons, which they can place around their home and press when they are running low on certain household items. Doing so initiates an order to replenish whatever is needed, from detergent to bottled water, and the order is shipped to the customer’s home.
Is the habit of sitting down at a computer to shop online becoming passé?

Cormac Driver: Temboo is focused on providing a software stack for developing Internet of Things applications.

Temboo is  focused on providing a software stack for developing Internet of Things applications.
Texas Instruments and Arduino have integrated Temboo into their IoT toolchains, and we’re rapidly expanding the range hardware that we support.  
We recently started an IoT video series called Deconstructing IoT.

Samuel Gibbs: Amazon moves towards 'internet of things' shopping with Dash

Source: “Have you ever been stuck on the toilet with no toilet roll? An end to that nightmare might soon be in sight. Amazon’s next big thing in the “internet of things” lets you order a new roll at the touch of a button, even as you sit in the smallest room. The Dash Button is a single-use Wi-Fi enabled ordering device, you press it and it orders directly for you. Of course, until Amazon perfect drone delivery, the new toilet roll may not quite arrive in time … but for plenty of other products will. The future could see a home filled with buy buttons for branded products and machines that can instantly re-order supplies


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