Source: "In a stunning example of provincialism, the Washington Post hosted a live forum entitled “The Next Phase of Internet & Connected Things” Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. local time, accommodating east coasters and Europeans and ignoring the fact that those of us in Silicon Valley haven’t even had our first cup of coffee that early. But because I’ll be covering the topic for Computerworld later this year, I got myself up from bed and sat down at the computer to listen in.
I’ve previously questioned where we are with the so-called Internet of Things, but the WashPo webinar exposed issues that CIOs will need to think about
Source: „Google’s acquisition in January of NEST, the maker of a self-learning thermostat created by Tony Fadell, designer of the iPod, left many people scratching their heads. What would an internet giant want with a home appliance? The answer is in the question - Google, and many other tech giants, entrepreneurs and inventors, have their eyes fixed on the future of the internet - a world where a myriad of devices, sensors and widgets connected wirelessly will gather and share data via Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth or fibre - a world far removed from the computer screen of recent decades and the smartphone screen of today.
The internet of things is effectively the internet in physical form.
Source: " The Internet of Things, or IoT, which you probably have heard about with increasing frequency, is not a second Internet. Rather, it is a network of items—each embedded with sensors—which are connected to the Internet.
The IoT’s true value lies in the data the interconnected items share. IoT might, for example, lead to improved highways, more efficiently run hospitals, and changes in how things are shipped. But to get to that next level, the IoT has to overcome several obstacles. It needs more intelligent sensors that can talk to each other, as well as better and faster analysis tools to deal with the deluge of data, to say nothing of common standards. There are also societal concerns such as how to keep personal information private."
Source: "There are two important drivers of the next evolution of the Internet, known as the Internet of Things.
First, changes in consumer behavior and the broad adoption of mobile devices are dramatically changing how (and how much) people consume and create Internet content.
Second is a massive proliferation of devices connected to the Internet.
These include everything from smartphones, fitness wearables, and thermostats to cars. Where consumer behavior and connected devices intersect is the crux of the opportunity that exists for advertisers.
Source: "As the Internet of Things (IoT) proliferates the opportunities available from connected services, software and service solutions company PTC is helping the service technology industry to ease their production lifecycle management.
PTC has embraced the trend with the acquisition of IoT platform provider, ThingWorx, in January 2014.
Brian Lindauer, SVP solutions and product strategy at PTC spoke to CBR about the impact the IoT is having on the industry how Thingworx will help PTC take on the connectivity challenge. Why do companies need to consider the IoT as part of their service offering? What's happening is not unlike what happened in the late 90s
Source: "The Internet of Things -- or IoT -- was one of the biggest topics at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin. The impact of this technology on our economy is expected to far exceed that of smartphones. One of the biggest beneficiaries of IoT will be your car, which is becoming a rolling extension of your home. General Motors (NYSE: GM ) is now offering 4G connectivity in many of its vehicles. Ford (NYSE: F ) is working on direct connectivity with your home. Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA ) is able to push out updates over the Internet to your car, eliminating costly trips to the shop. Motley Fool analysts Rex Moore and Lyons George
Imagine a future where the American dollar is worthless. To re-build the economy, citizens must use the only resource available: decades of post-consumer waste. With no way to aﬀord expensive international electronics, they sift through products that have been subject to planned obsolescence for the possibility of working parts. The goal is to build a new communications infrastructure that is community-controlled and far from the prying eyes of any government. The New American Sweatshop manifests itself as an installation
Source: „Want a secure job in the future? Don't compete with software. Workers wanting secure employment in coming decades will need skills that complement software applications, rather than compete with them. Those who don't possess such skills face a nearly-50% chance of having their occupations replaced by automation, according to two University of Oxford professors who studied technology's impact on employment over the last 500 years. The career fields seen losing the most jobs include not just relatively low-skilled occupations such as telemarketing and retail sales, but also high-paying positions now held by accountants
Source: "In the keynote presentation of 2014’s Consumer Electronics Show, Cisco CEO, John Chambers, estimated the market opportunity related to the Internet of Things to be valued at $19 trillion. Further, Chambers said that manufacturing would account for roughly $2.9 trillion of the total opportunity. As Chambers continues to trumpet these figures in other highly visible venues, he is assuredly trying to some extent to drum up investor enthusiasm as the self-proclaimed champion of the Internet of Things. However, what should not be left in the rhetoric is the sheer size of the market — even as a ballpark figure.
While the Internet of Things is not a new concept,
Source: „The Internet of Things is a term that has been around for about 15 years, with its origins in barcodes and radio frequency identity (RFID) tags, and evolving via near-field communication (NFC) and QR codes. But it's the rise of smart devices and wearable technology –which has only started to take off in the past few years – that will see the Internet of Things come into its own.
The technology has now developed to the point that it allows tiny sensors or identifiers to be applied to millions of devices, whether that's stock on a shop floor, internet-connected thermostats, smartglasses or connected cars.
Source: "John Chambers, Cisco CEO, describes in this article how we are entering an age of the 'Internet of Everything', a world that will explode into life and grow exponentially to a staggering 20 billion devices by only 2020.
This will see a perfect storm of increasing software AI (Artificial Intelligence) combine with highly distributed computing, via Android et al. Technologists and entrepreneurs will address core technology needs such as 'occasionally-connected devices'. Not only will your fridge become smart enough to reorder your groceries, and be connected enough to do so, but as this article describes it will also get damn right lippy!"
Source: „For the internet of things to succeed, its parts have to be interoperable, Intel’s Boyd Davis said at Structure Data Thursday.
As Intel makes bigger bets on the internet of things, it is obviously hoping that its own platform will succeed — but devices can’t all be based on Intel hardware, Boyd Davis, VP of Intel’s data center group, said at Gigaom’s Structure Data conference Thursday.
“We’d like to see the internet of things evolve to a point where there’s a higher degree of interoperability,” Davis told Gigaom’s Stacey Higginbotham. “We aspire to create standards and architecture where anybody can compete at any level.”
Source: „Smartphone-controlled coffee makers turn out to be less cool than you might think. It’s not that hard to time your morning brew.
“I look today at some of the work being done around the ‘Internet of Things’ and it’s kind of tragically pathetic,” said MIT Media Lab founder and longtime tech futurist Nicholas Negroponte on the first day of the TED conference in Vancouver this week. Negroponte’s problem is with intelligence living in smartphone apps, rather than in connected objects in the world around us. He thinks things in the world should actually get smarter — for example, ovens should recognize when a plate of chicken is placed inside them,
Source: „Takeaway: The Internet of Things will change everyone’s life, no doubt there. The question is will it be a positive change or one that we all regret? Later in life, Albert Einstein regretted adding his signature to the letter sent to President Roosevelt urging him to support nuclear chain-reaction research. However, Einstein’s hindsight is of no help. To use a cliché, "The genie was already out of the bottle." It has been suggested we are at a similar precipice with the Internet of Things. OK ... maybe it won't change the course of history quite as dramatically as nuclear weapons, but it definitely has the power to change the world. The only question is, will it change things for the better?
Source; "The Internet of Things is currently developing in silos and until those silos are connected, end uses won't get much value out of it, executives said this morning during a panel discussion in Seattle hosted by Chetan Sharma Consulting. "These devices have to do things that are much more insightful for you as a consumer than just telling you your heart rate," said Shankar Chandran, vice president at Samsung Catalyst Fund. "That's nice to know but it doesn't help me in my day to day life." However, combining that heart rate information with data from other sensors and then offering the user suggestions could be used for the prevention of chronic disease, for instance.