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.

Open Source Hardware, Fostering User Entrepreneurship: Empirical Evidence from Arduino Users

Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo has just finished his work on this topic : This research aims to analyse entrepreneurial opportunities available for users in the emerging phenomenon of Open Source Hardware (OSH). In this context the role played by Arduino, the first and most successful OSH microcontroller board, will be discussed.

Florian Michahelles: IoT as an important enabler for developing new services including user input

In his talk at the IoT Conference organized by Shanghai International Exhibition in China - where Council acted as a Knowledge Partner - Florian Michahelles proposed to go beyond IoT in supply-chains and seeking for opportunities of accessing tacit knowledge of people and individuals. He gave examples of my2cents and appaware as opportunities of new services based on user-generated content. Read more about Florian Michahelles: IoT as an important enabler for developing new services including user input

Interview with Inaki Vazquez on the Rymble

What was your inspiration? : "Since the year 2007 we were thinking and playing with the possibilities and the consequences of creating social gadgets, whatever that could mean: social networks of devices, objects participating as first class citizens in human networking, ...(I had a paper about that at IOT 2008). We also had the vision of the Internet as dissociated from computers and mobile phones: Internet is an experience beyond screens and keyboards. Can we enjoy this "Internet experience" through real-world objects?

Mike James: Twitter as realtime sports reporter

Mike James: "Can people be used as a "sensor net" to detect when important events happen? When it comes to sporting events it seems that all you have to do is look to the Twitter frequency. The big thing for the near future is the Internet of Things but a group of researchers at Rice University (Houston) think that we are being a bit narrow in the meaning of the term "thing". To quote from their paper: "The global human population can be regarded as geographically distributed, multimodal sensors".

Martin Bryant on

Martin Bryant in the Next Web: "It’s emerged out of nowhere to become one of the coolest sites on the Web in a matter of weeks, but what’s the story behind, what’s so great about it and where is it going? A service amassing a reported 140,000 users in its first month is nothing to be sniffed at at any time. A service that hasn’t courted the press at all, growing entirely virally, hitting that figure in a month is something that demands closer inspection. Where did come from? While it has seems to have come out of nowhere, is actually the result of a startup that pivoted.

Alessandro Bassi interviewed by Stig Andersen: "we need a killer business model."

Alessandro Bassi interviewed by Stig Andersen: "Much technological development goes hand-in-hand with larger trends in society and is fuelled by other driving forces than the wet dreams of the geek world; and being a techie does not mean that you do not care about what lies around and beyond technology. The response of Alessandro Bassi, Alessandro Bassi Consulting, to the question ”Does the Internet of Things need a killer app?” is a case in point:

Neul Launches World’s First Production White Space Radio System

The name Neul is pronounced like ‘fuel’ and is from the Gaelic word for 'Cloud'. Neul’s grand vision is to bring about a revolution in the way devices and applications communicate. From the predicted 50 billion connected Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices, through smart metering to local broadband delivery, transportation and beyond , Neul is helping to create'the internet of everything':

Futur en Seine: discussing our digital futures

Digital technology and content will have a major impact on all parts of our daily lives in the coming years, whether on a economic, business, social or cultural level. Futur en Seine, the Festival of Digital Life and Creativity, will address the most critical aspects of our digital future, by focusing on several essential themes. At the very heart of the festival, a cycle of international conferences and workshops will be held over a period of six days in prestigious locations (Collège de France, 104, Gaîté Lyrique, Forum des Images et Ecole Normale Supérieure).

Christian Nold: The Rennes Emotion Map

The Rennes Emotion Map suggests that there is a shared experiential space that we all share, a kind of spatial poetry of lived life. The map represents a terse and fractured tapestry of what it means to be live in Rennes. Looking at the maps we see density of drawings and comments in certain area and spareness in others. We see mental maps that relate to physical space and at others that show abstract and private codes. We see multiple viewpoints of the same locations such as the cut down trees around the lakes in Vern sur Seiche or the swings, which trigger adult reflection on what it means to be a child.

Kevin Fitchard: Nokia’s new interim CTO Tirri on the concept of the “Internet of Things”

Kevin Fitchard: Nokia’s new interim CTO Tirri is no lightweight: "Nokia’s CTO Peter Green may be on indefinite leave, but he’s certainly leaving his responsibilities in capable hands. Nokia Research Center interim CTO Henry Tirri may be exactly what Nokia needs as it upends its world and plots a new strategy with Microsoft. As my colleague Michelle Maisto pointed out on this blog post, CEO Stephen Elop isn’t getting much from the Nokia old guard as he tries to implement a radical maker-over for the company (Unfiltered: Nokia CTO leaving just as things are getting good).

Ian Schulte: Government 2.0: Paving the Way Toward a True Citizen Government?

Ian Schulte: "Communities and officials are constantly looking for means to improve their structure, operations and cohesiveness. Recent projects such as digital arts collaboratives, online town halls and neighborhood crime watch platforms have begun to increase and intensify civic engagement. Underlying these projects is a two-pronged belief: first, that community members can get interested enough in civic matters to actually do something

70% of Americans use their garage door as the primary home entrance.

"LiftMaster, the largest professionally installed  garage door opener company in the world, unveiled  their Internet connected garage doors at the  International Door Association's Exhibition 2011  show floor on Friday June 3rd. LiftMaster choose Arrayent's Internet-Connect  Service to power their low cost, easy to install  network called MyQ. LiftMaster started out their  Arrayent technology evaluation using Arrayent's  Development Kit for Low Power RF we announced last year.

Martin Dodge: Code/Space

"Ultimately Code/Space makes the case that software matters. It is extensively and intimately woven into the fabric of people’s lives in diverse and significant, though often banal, ways. Software is thus actively shaping sociospatial organization, processes, and economies, along with discursive and material cultures and individuals’ construction of identities and personal meanings. And its effects are set to become increasingly pervasive as more and more everyday practices and tasks are augmented or automated by code. Clearly, trying to understand the nature, roles, and implications;of software on the unfolding spatialities of daily life is important. We hope that Code/ Space is a productive step in that direction.

association Council France/ Quels objets communicants doit-on mettre en bien commun? ….Action!

L’internet des objets en cours de structuration, soulève bien des inquiétudes quand à sa pénétration dans la société et dans l’intimité de  chacun, sa raison d’être et les transgressions possibles de nos libertés personnelles. Ces questions ont été posées lors de la première journée de réflexion  Council du 1er dec 2011.

In Situated Technologies Pamphlets 8, Christian Nold and Rob van Kranenburg articulate the foundations of a future manifesto for an Internet of Things in the public interest.

In Situated Technologies Pamphlets 8, Christian Nold and Rob van Kranenburg articulate the foundations of a future manifesto for an Internet of Things in the public interest. Nold and Kranenburg propose tangible design interventions that challenge an internet dominated by commercial tools and systems,


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