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.

John-Paul Rooney: 2014: age of machine-based connectivity is nigh

Source: "More than a decade of early-stage business research has brought the so-called ‘Internet of Things’ to a critical moment. Indeed, if the readiness of home-grown innovation is anything to go by, the age of machine-to-machine based connectivity could be nigh. There has been plenty of conversation about the potential inter-operability of electronic devices at home, on our person and in the world around us. The development of the technologies necessary to support the 'Internet of Things' has therefore come a long way in the past year.


Anthony Wing Kosner: Prediction 2014: Hardware Is The New Software

Source: "The biggest thing that I noticed in 2013 was the amount of energy in small hardware startups. Even without a really robust infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT), the same kinds of developers who have been launching software companies are now switching to hardware.

In truth, the line between hardware and software is becoming negligible because these new devices are purpose-built virtual machines that get their smarts from internet-connected software. Read more about Anthony Wing Kosner: Prediction 2014: Hardware Is The New Software



Stacey Higginbotham: What’s ahead for the internet of things: Our CES preview podcast

Source: „Next week the internet of things will star at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. Ahead of all the hubbub my guest, Chester Pipkin, the CEO of Belkin and I discuss what we’re going to see. Next week at this time my colleague and co-host Kevin Tofel will be fighting the hordes at the Consumer Electronics Show and reporting back on the cool widgets and gadgets that he finds. But before he takes off, we discussed a bit of what he’s expecting to see, including voice controls for the internet of things, presence awareness and smarter


Sanford Klausner: Processing Efficiency for the IoT

The NY Times recently printed an article entitled Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience. A hundred years after the War of Currents raged over AC vs. DC power, we are facing yet another "power" struggle of sorts; this one over processing efficiency.
"I.B.M. announced last year that it had built a supercomputer simulation of the brain that encompassed roughly 10 billion neurons - more than 10 percent of a human brain. It ran about 1,500 times more slowly than an actual brain. Further, it required several megawatts of power, compared with just 20 watts of power used by the biological brain."


Roy Bachar: Israeli 1st Internet of Things Conference in Tel-Aviv

Roy Bachar, Tel-Aviv, Israel: "A week ago, The Israeli Internet of Things (IoT) conference took place in the David InterContinental overlooking the beautiful seaside of Tel-Aviv, also known as one of the top worldwide hottest locations for startup and internet scene.  The conference was an immense success with a turn up of over 500 participants confirming the positive outlook and great opportunity in this hot domain. Read more about Roy Bachar: Israeli 1st Internet of Things Conference in Tel-Aviv



Lauren Orsini: “With really big data comes really big responsibility,” said Ramirez. “Internet of Things companies should be required to hardcode privacy...

Source:: …„It’s important to think like a hacker—and to teach engineers at Internet of Things companies to do so as well—so users don’t have to. Consumers don’t care about security, he said, and they shouldn’t have to. That’s the vendor’s job. And if the vendor won’t do it, the FTC has already shown in the case of Trendnet that it’ll take action.  “With really big data comes really big responsibility,” said Ramirez. Read more about Lauren Orsini: “With really big data comes really big responsibility,” said Ramirez. “Internet of Things companies should be required to hardcode privacy...



PTC Acquires Leading Internet of Things Platform Provider ThingWorx

Source: "PTC (Nasdaq: PTC) today announced it has acquired ThingWorx, creators of an award-winning platform for building and running applications for the Internet of Things (IoT), for approximately $112 million, plus a possible earn-out of up to $18 million. The acquisition of ThingWorx positions PTC as a major player in the emerging Internet of Things era. The ThingWorx acquisition extends PTC's strategy by accelerating its ability to support manufacturers seeking competitive advantage as they create and service smart, connected products Read more about PTC Acquires Leading Internet of Things Platform Provider ThingWorx



Josh Davis: The Internet of Hackable Things

Source: 'A man walks into an agency and unknowingly sends network passwords to hackers with his “smart” shoes.
 
Mrs. Andrews looked through her “smart” camera lens at the White House; she didn’t know a hacker in Asia was doing the same.
 
Mr. Jones didn’t know that his Pentagon audience also included criminals in another state, who recorded everything he said with his ”smart” watch.'
Today, these three scenarios sound futuristic. But if expert predictions pan out, the market for wearable technology will explode over the next three years


Rex Moore, The Motley Fool: Are You Ready for "The Internet of Things" in 2014?

Source: "As next year draws closer, so does the world's largest consumer electronics show, the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas. Ahead of the big event, CES has published a booklet highlighting five technology trends to watch in the coming year. From driverless cars to digital health care, these are topics with which every investor should be familiar.
The first of these trends is "The Internet of Things." One example of this is Lowe's  Iris system, which ties together Wi-Fi connected devices like your thermostat, alarm, smart plugs, and security cameras -- all controlled with your


Steve Kovach: Samsung sees a world where everything, even your coffee mug, has a display that can show you relevant information.

Source: "Samsung, which makes some of the best displays in the world, imagines that one day its screens will be on everything from coffee mugs to car windows. The following concept video shows how that could happen. The video touches on a concept called “The Internet Of Things,” which is a term people in the tech industry like to throw around when they talk about connecting everyday objects to the Internet. It may sound a little like the Jetsons today,


Andrew Khouri, Andrea Chang: Smartphones become the new house keys

Source: „If he locks himself out, no problem. If a friend arrives at his two-story house before him, there’s no waiting outside for Kajberouni to arrive. Kajberouni taps his smartphone and his front door unlocks. He can also turn down the thermostat or view his home security cameras from ­anywhere in the world. “A lot of my friends are jealous,” the 31-year-old said. “It’s like the home from ‘Back to the Future,’ but in real life.” From complete home ­systems to such individual Internet-connected products as high-tech appliances and power strips, the smart home is no longer a futuristic gimmick. Read more about Andrew Khouri, Andrea Chang: Smartphones become the new house keys



Kathleen Gallagher: New generation of products, management attractive to investors 


Source: "To some, the so-called Internet of Things, the growing number of objects outfitted with sensors and linked to computer networks, is an exciting technological advance that could transform the way the world does business. To money managers at 1492 Capital Management LLC in Milwaukee, it's a good stomping ground for investors. The Internet of Things is growing rapidly as sensors are embedded in increasing numbers of physical objects — from roads and fleets of trucks, to oil holding tanks and medical devices — that can sense the environment and communicate through network links. Read more about Kathleen Gallagher: New generation of products, management attractive to investors 




Brian Proffitt: 2014 Will See Small Moves Towards The Internet Of Things

Source: As the year draws to a close, it is only natural that people start wondering what will happen for the big trends in technology in 2014. For instance, the Internet of Things was all the rage in 2013, so therefore it should be even bigger in 2014, right? If you're talking hype, then there is little doubt that the Internet of Things will continue to vie for the center of everyone's attention—but in terms of actual forward progress, don't hold your breath for a big event.
In reality, there probably won't be a big breakout moment for the Internet of Things in 2014.


Jyoti Lalchandani: The Internet of Things: How will this change our world as consumers?

Source: "The Internet of Things (IoT) represents a new construct in an ICT world. Within our view of the third platform technologies like mobility, analytics, cloud and social and enabling technologies such as security and virtualization, the IoT is at the heart of it. It is increasingly clear that the future of IT will be driven by four pillars — mobile broadband, social business, big data/analytics, and cloud services. This will result in millions of applications available with billions of users. The pinnacle of this next technology platform is that we will move toward a future Read more about Jyoti Lalchandani: The Internet of Things: How will this change our world as consumers?



Council and Postscapes present: The Global Internet of Things Day 2014

The Global Internet of Things Day will take place this year on April 9th. Originally initiated by IoT Council and Postscapes and going on its 4th year (2013,12,11) the day is designed as an open invitation to the global #IoT Community to join a Meetup, host a hackathon, or just share a beer or coffee with a friend or fellow collaborator focused around the Internet of Things and its implications.  The time is now to start having the important conversations on the technologies, security, data privacy, and enormous potential that an "Internet of Things" is capable of. Read more about Council and Postscapes present: The Global Internet of Things Day 2014



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