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.

James Swift: SXSW14: 'Internet of things' start-ups pitch to R/GA

Source: "R/GA's Austin office held a session for investors on Saturday 8 March where they heard pitches from start-ups nurtured by the digital agency as part of its connected devices accelerator. The agency has been working with the start-ups since December, helping them create a brand for their businesses. On Saturday nine companies pitched to venture capitalists and brands, including R/GA clients Johnson & Johnson and Nike. Ten start-ups were originally selected, but one declined to pitch on the day.
The start-ups had developed products and services

Lou Frenzel: The Connected World Awaits

Source: "The Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications are hot technologies, dominating recent articles, blogs, conferences, and webinars. They won’t fully emerge this year, but great progress is being made in developing and deploying them (see “Who’s Doing What In IoT And M2M”).
M2M has been around for a while, but the IoT movement is still developing. Both technologies are looking for a few good applications, with several now on the market. The future will be more interesting when everything is connected.
M2M is the automated remote monitoring and control of objects

When the Internet of Things was 'Not Very PC' and Europe still firmly leading

Source: "Mary and Alex Murray, retirees living in Corstophine, a suburb west of Edinburgh, use a personal computer mainly to exchange e-mails with their grandchildren. "The family pushed us into using it," says Mary, 65. But getting the PC to do what they want has been a "hair-tearing experience," even for Alex, 74, a trained engineer. "PCs have their own language and their own logic which sometimes defeats me," he says. The Murrays, like most people, have often wondered if there isn't an easier way. 

There is--and it may be coming soon to a cafe, pub or even a park near you.  Read more about When the Internet of Things was 'Not Very PC' and Europe still firmly leading

Siraj Datoo: The internet of things is embedding itself into everyday items

Source: „The world of the internet-connected toothbrush is well and truly in full swing, after Oral B became the second company to launch a bluetooth-connected toothbrush at the Mobile World Congress earlier this month. The premise is simple: the toothbrush connects to your smartphone and help you to understand the areas you typically tend to miss when brushing.
This could provide information for consumers such as understanding the best time to change the head of the toothbrush. It also allows doting parents to check that their children have been sufficiently brushing their teeth.

Wayne Rash: Big Data, Internet of Things Take Center State at CeBIT 2014

Source: "CeBIT 2014's Top Innovator collection includes a massive big data display, while the Internet of Things display shows off everything from connected luggage to huge crop harvesters. Walk into CeBIT's Halle 16 on the massive grounds of the former Hannover World's Fair and you'll find yourself surrounded by what is perhaps the largest visualization of big data ever created.
There printed on a membrane that surrounds the interior of the 5,000-square-meter space (that's just under 54,000 square feet) are visualizations of big data expressed in graphical form, some of which is changing in real time.

Antonio Jara: CFP: Fourth International Conference on the Internet of Things 

October 6 - 8, 2014
Sponsored by: Auto-ID Labs
Technically co-sponsored by: IEEE, IEEE Technical Committee on RFID (CRFID)
The 4th International Conference on the Internet of Things is seeking original, high impact research papers on the following topics: 

CEBIT News: 'Internet of things' to get £45m funding boost

Source: "The UK government will spend an extra £45m on developing so-called "internet of things" technology, David Cameron has announced.
The pledge more than doubles the funds available to UK technology firms working on everyday devices that can communicate over the internet. The prime minister was speaking at the CeBIT technology trade fair in Germany. Mr Cameron said the UK and Germany could find themselves on the forefront of a new "industrial revolution".
"I see the internet of things as a huge transformative development - a way of boosting productivity

Paul Rawlings: Smart guns

Source: „A “smart gun” is a gun which is equipped with technology such as RFID chips, fingerprint recognition or magnetic devices which render a gun harmless in the hands of anyone other than the gun owner.
For the first time in history Americans may go into a gun store and buy a “smart gun.” A few days ago The Oak Tree Gun Club, one of California’s largest firearms dealers offered for sale a 22 caliber pistol and a wrist watch.  Electronic chips inside the gun and watch must communicate before the gun will fire.  If the gun is not near the watch it will not fire. The Armatrix iPi is known as the iPhone of guns and is manufactured by Armatrix a German company."

Ben Potter: ‘Internet of Things’ Coming Soon to a Field Near You

Source: „A current tech industry buzzword is the "Internet of Things." Basically, IoT imagines a world where everything is outfitted with sensors, which will modernize life in ways we are just beginning to understand today. Imagine, for example, that your refrigerator knows when you’re running low on milk and eggs, and sends a grocery list to your smartphone. That’s just one of many ways IoT is being imagined in the consumer world.
But the IoT has big potential in farming, too. Its success hinges on sensors, whether embedded into tractors, implements or other machinery, or even placed directly into the ground.”

Monty Munford: How about the Charger of Things, not the Internet of Things?

Source: „Last weekend I was at another conference in another beautiful city, but with as much chance of seeing any of that beauty as I had of escaping another CEO with his ‘vision’ and business card.
In this case I was in Palestine and the city of Jericho, just 20 kilometres from the Dead Sea and the lowest point of earth. The Expotech conference had been cancelled in December when the worst weather for more than a century had made travel to the previous, and somewhat higher, location of Ramallah impossible.
It was a great conference, almost an inspiring one, to see how Palestinian startups were prospering in ridiculous conditions

Avon Alexander: 5G Internet is Coming - But How Will We Use It?

Source: „The much talked about “internet of things” is an audacious plan to connect all manner of ordinary devices to the internet, from refrigerators to garden hoses. But it could be argued that today’s internet simply doesn’t have the juice to pull it off. According to a report by networking giant Cisco, internet traffic will increase 11 times over by 2018 as a result of the advancement of connected devices. Considering that many people still suffer from frustrating latency issues when using services such as Facetime, how is every device in the world supposed to communicate over today’s inadequate internet infrastructure? It isn’t. Enter the 5th Generation (5G) Internet.” Read more about Avon Alexander: 5G Internet is Coming - But How Will We Use It?

Smart City Roadmap promotes open data sharing & transparency

Source: „Open data sharing is an integral part of the Smart City Roadmap, an initiative recently launched by the Smart City Commission and Birmingham City Council. Councillor James McKay of Birmingham City Council spoke exclusively to the Information Daily about the iniatives included in the Smart City Roadmap. Firstly, he highlighted that the government works better when it is “challenged”, and out in the open.
“We’ve got a regime around freedom of information and people can ask questions and find out what the government is up to with their money”, he said.

Ben Rossi: Next big thing: Preparing for the Internet of Things in the enterprise

Source: „People say we live in a connected world. The ubiquity of smartphones and tablets has meant that people are constantly attached to technology, and able to carry out actions and services at a click of their mobile device.
But if you believe the hype of the Internet of Things (IoT), a truly connected world is nowhere near.
Smart devices are just the beginning of a phenomenon that will see objects of any description – cars, shoes, kettles, books, teeth…anything – equipped with tiny internet-connected sensors that generate actionable data. 

Alysia Judge: Are social logins the key to unlocking the Internet of Things?

Source: „You may have noticed when signing into your Barnes & Noble online account, or when you put an item of clothing in your basket on ASOS, a new addition to the usual "Enter your username and password" command. Signing in with social media is gaining traction among consumers as a way to allow users to engage with a site in a brand new way. By logging in to your favourite websites using Facebook or LinkedIn, for example, you keep all your information in one place and reducing the need to remember multiple passwords.
For businesses, meanwhile, social logins can increase registration rates by as much as 90 per cent

First International Festival of Technoshamanism

How can we access a different relationship with life outside the field of technological development that is predicated on great devastation and destruction ?

How can we propose new forms of technological production that are associated with Health Earth ? How can we expand our rationalistic and exploitative view to a more cosmic, ecological vision ?That other lives are possible beyond consumption and indiscriminate use of resources ?

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