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.

infographic from Cooking Hacks (the DIY division of Libelium) that shows the rise of the Maker movement

There is a new infographic from Cooking Hacks (the DIY division of Libelium) that shows the evolution of Arduino, the rise of the Maker movement and how these two phenomena impact the Internet of Things: "Open source hardware rules…" Open Source solutions in Internet of Things are creating an awareness in parts of the world that can leapfrog into IoT that local solutions to smart services and smart city models are not only possible but realistic in an age of relatively cheap hardware, software, database storage and analytics.  Just a few:


The first Asian IoT / M2M event dedicated to showcasing IoT and M2M turnkey solutions and technologies

The inaugural edition of IoT Asia is the premier Asian platform for #IoT and #M2M turnkey solution providers and technology suppliers.

The first Asian IoT / M2M event dedicated to showcasing IoT and M2M turnkey solutions and technologies to a potential population of 3,500* end businesses across 7 high growth verticals, and 1,500* system integrators  and app developers across Asia. Internet of Things Asia 2014 recently welcomed Bosch Software Innovations GmbH Onboard as a Silver Sponsor. Read more about The first Asian IoT / M2M event dedicated to showcasing IoT and M2M turnkey solutions and technologies



The 5th Annual Internet of Things European Summit, Brussels

The 5th Annual Internet of Things European Summit will explore how the Internet of Things can help realise Europe’s policy objectives of the Future Internet.



Participants at the summit will examine the current European IoT ecosystem, and will explore the impact that IoT is currently having on European society, as well as in the near future.

 The event will also address the new initiatives and building blocks that are available to support IoT innovation in Europe, together by discussing what work is being done to educate citizens and increase people’s awareness of the IoT’s potential. Read more about The 5th Annual Internet of Things European Summit, Brussels



Matthew Chapman and Alex Brownsell: Davos: Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer says Internet of Things will create 'tipping point'

Source: „Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer believes the Internet of Things and mobile will create a "tipping point" for businesses in 2014 that will change everyone's lives "like never before". Speaking at a panel discussion hosted by Forrester at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Mayer also cited how "sharing economy" apps are revolutionising the world. She said: "150,000 people let strangers stay at their home last year through Airbnb; 1.5 million people assigned tasks to strangers Read more about Matthew Chapman and Alex Brownsell: Davos: Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer says Internet of Things will create 'tipping point'



Peter Waterhouse: Beware Of The Internet Of Things' Despicable Side

Source: „Securing a network of connected devices and intelligent systems carries a hefty new price for IT professionals: personal safety. With John Chambers' Internet of Everything vision from CES 2014 and Google's acquisition of Nest Labs ringing in my ears, it's easy to get carried away with the promise of connected smart gadgets and embedded systems. But despite the hype and hyperbole with the Internet of Things, it is expected to generate tremendous economic value -- as much as $6.2 trillion annually by 2025, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. Read more about Peter Waterhouse: Beware Of The Internet Of Things' Despicable Side



Luke Dormehl: The Internet Of Things: What It Is & What It Means For You

Put simply the Internet of Things is, like the best technology concepts, built on an insight: that humans have limited time and resources to dedicate to our technology, and as it comes to dominate larger and larger portions of our life (how many times have you checked your emails today, for instance?) some of that decision-making could be more usefully handed over to machines. As Kevin Ashton has noted:
“If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things -- using data they gathered without any help from us -- we would be able to track and count everything


Roger Kay: Endpoints Vs. The Internet Of Things

Source: „Last week on Twitter, a few friends of mine, IT industry analysts and journalists, were tossing around the conversational ball.  We were debating terminology — The Internet of Things — that has come into common usage recently and is being tugged at and morphed by an increasing number of interested parties.
 
The question started with Ben Pimentel, a reporter for MarketWatch, who asked, “What will we eventually call it: ‘Internet of Things’ or ‘Internet of Everything’?”  I jumped in and noted, “Used to be plain ol’ embedded; suited me fine. U want Internet of something? Have at it.”


Michelle Fitzsimmons: Razer CEO talks Nabu, the Internet of Things and making products for gamers

Source: „When Razer announced its Nabu smartband at CES 2014, a puzzled head scratch skipped from scalp to scalp. Or was it a twitch from wrist to wrist? Razer, best known for its gaming laptops and peripherals, has been working on Nabu for three and a half years. It may have come out of left field for some, but Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan sees Nabu as a natural progression for the company's product line.
We sat down with Tan at the Vegas show to get the low-down on the double-screened strap.
 


Patrick Gray: Invasion of the Internet of Things


Source: „While the Internet of Things (IoT) should not be an unfamiliar term to most IT executives, many consider it primarily a consumer technology that's dominated by smart watches and refrigerators that will tweet when you’re out of milk. Many of the IoT concepts have indeed targeted the consumer, but most of the major technology innovations of the past several years have originated in the consumer space, and the IoT is no exception....One of the biggest impacts to the enterprise is that the number and variety of devices connecting to your networks and potentially consuming IT resources is likely to increase exponentially.


Jenna Worthamjan: Building Toward the Home of Tomorrow

Source:„The home of the future — complete with helper bots and automated appliances — has long been the stuff of science fiction. The tech world is determined to make it a reality. Soon, the vision goes, everything from garden products to bathroom appliances will be controlled by the touch of a smartphone. Without setting foot in the door, a person headed home could turn off the security system and turn on the shower, and begin preheating the oven. The concept of outfitting everyday objects with sensors and connecting them to the web, often called the Internet of Things, has been brewing for several years. Read more about Jenna Worthamjan: Building Toward the Home of Tomorrow



Rob van Kranenburg: The first Internet of Things Meetup in Ghent

About 26.000 people have organized themselves loosely in Internet of Things Meetups. The London Meetup (organizing number 28 in January) is  among the most active and biggest. It is run by Arduino veteran and ex Tinker London CEO Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino  - @iotwatch. 
The most catching feature of a Meetup on IoT is the huge diversity of the attendants.  The second feature is the format. Very few people have to focus or the time to read papers or keep up with the trends beyond twitter and quick updates.


Mike Elgan: Why the 'Internet of Things' may never happen

Source: „There will be no 'Internet of Things' The label "Internet of Things" is used to describe Internet-connected devices that communicate without human involvement. For example, as you read this article, you're using the regular Internet. You're a human being who is communicating with another human being (Yours Truly), and this communication is facilitated by many other human beings (editors, web designers, engineers, etc.). Like Soylent Green, the Internet is made out of people -- and computers whose main purpose is to help people use the Internet.… The "Internet of Things" is different mainly in that it's not made out of people.


Meghan Neal: Google's Internet of Things Now Includes Your Body

Source: „Google announced its latest moonshot project yesterday, and like most of the ideas cooking in the secretive GoogleX lab, it's crazy futuristic. The company is developing smart contact lenses with sensors that monitor glucose levels for diabetics. That's right, a tiny wireless electronic chip attached to your eyeball. The tiny chip and a mini glucose sensor are embedded in the contact lens material. Google describes "chips and sensors so small they look like bits of glitter, and an antenna thinner than a human hair." The device, which sits to the side of the pupil and iris so you can still see, is powered by harnessing energy from radio frequency waves.


Schneider Electric participating in WFES 2014

Source: „Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and winner of the 2012 Zayed Future Energy Prize in the category of Large Corporations for leading efforts in renewable energy and sustainability, will showcase its integrated Smart City solutions at the seventh World Future Energy Summit that runs from Jan. 20-22 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi.
Dubai’s announcement by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, of plans to transform the emirate into one of the world’s most connected and sustainable “Smart Cities” Read more about Schneider Electric participating in WFES 2014



The Spark Team: Building an open source Nest

Source: "Earlier this week, Google bought Nest, a connected devices company, for $3.2 billion. This might seem like an ungodly sum for a company that makes thermostats and smoke detectors, but it makes absolute sense. Nest’s products are beautifully designed, their team is overflowing with talent, and they were the first company to figure out what the “Internet of Things” means to consumers and deliver products that people actually want.   ...We’re not saying that you can build a $3.2 billion company in a day. But we are saying that you can build a $3.2 billion company, and it’s easier now than it’s ever been before."


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