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.

Stuart Heritage:The future? An alarm clock that knows when you are allowed an extra hour in bed.

Source: „Right now, hordes of fevered scientists around the globe are pulling all-nighter after desperate all-nighter. They haven't changed their clothes for weeks. The walls of their laboratories are speckled with fist-sized craters, each marking a different failure. Their marriages are in ruin, their children strangers to them. And it's all because Back to the Future: Part II was set less than two years from now.
"Damn it, Bob," one jaundiced, coffee-stained boffin is yelling at his semi-comatose colleague. "These people were promised hoverboards.

Roberto I. Belda: Internet of Things: Advantages May Far Outweigh Its Drawbacks

Source: „People may not realize it but the Internet of Things is already gaining traction and slowly influencing how people live in this connected world. Right now, its perceived advantages may far outweigh its feared drawbacks. Some analysts even called the up-and-coming technological paradigm shift as bigger than the Industrial Revolution.
The Internet of Things pertains to the concept of devices connected to the Internet where data gathered by such devices are reported to users. People can then act on the said data or the devices themselves are empowered to act on it.

Prix Art Electronica: “Smart City” and especially of “Smart Citizen”, going beyond the purely technological view of a Smart City

The “Digital Communities” category focuses on the wide-ranging social and artistic impact of the Internet technology as well as on the latest developments in social software, user generated content, mobile communications, mash-ups and location based services. Digital Communities” focuses on innovation in relation to human coexistence. Its main goals lie in first, bridging the geographical as well as the genderbased digital divide and second, bridging across cultural conflicts and third Read more about Prix Art Electronica: “Smart City” and especially of “Smart Citizen”, going beyond the purely technological view of a Smart City

Simon Bisson: Will these tiny computers herald the arrival of the Internet of Things?

Source: "If we're to build a ubiquitous, ambient computing future, we're going to need smaller computers. After all, to paraphrase Douglas Adams, and to take the point of view of an electron: "Computers are big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big they are. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to computers."
It might seem a little silly to compare the modern computer to the whole of the universe, but if we're to build an Internet of Things (IoT) then we need to make our computers smaller


Source: "The WunderBar is the easiest way to start developing apps for the Internet of Things - without needing to learn about hardware. App developers can quickly access data from the physical world with WunderBar’s easy-to-use SDKs or with our simple REST API.
It packs the newest Bluetooth Low Energy (Beacon), WiFi, together with SDKs for iOS, Android and Node.js!
The WunderBar has six powerful smart modules, three provide sensors to monitor temperature, proximity, light, color, humidity, and movement. A fourth helps you control your home entertainment system with an infra-red transmitter. The last two will be chosen by the you and the crowd. All come app-ready straight out of the box within minutes.

Patrick Thibodeau: The combo of sensors and sports attracts big money

Source: „ Jason Fass, the CEO of Zepp Labs, imagines a future for sports where sensors are everywhere: in balls, bats, footballs and in a player's clothing. It's hard not to get caught up in this vision.A big part of sports is all about collecting and analyzing data -- and sensors can give you more of that data to work with, much more. Improving your own game with 3-D visualizations of a golf swing is part of it, too. "We believe that every ball, bat, racket, club, glove, helmet will be digitally connected," said Fass. "We are building a company platform to enable those experiences and capture all that data."

Ido Sarig: How To Get Ready For The Internet Of Things

Source: "IoT technologies solve business problems and generate new revenue, but implementing them is a complex task. Here are three ways to approach IoT. When we talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), we usually talk market size, because it's enormous -- billions of units are generating more than $1 trillion in revenue today. And analysts forecast that revenue will double by 2015.
Those are exciting numbers, but what benefit does the IoT deliver? For businesses, it is twofold. First, it unlocks the value of assets, such as medical devices or industrial printers, to generate new services and revenue streams.

Puneet Mehta: 8 Ways the 'Internet of Things' Will Impact Your Everyday Life

Source: „This is how some analysts talk about the budding "Internet of Things" and the innovation that will come as a result. We will start to see a plethora of "dumb" objects become connected, sending signals to each other and alerts to our phones, and creating mounds of "little data" on all of us that will make marketers salivate. The Internet of Things took center stage at CES, with connected tennis rackets and crockpots capturing early headlines....

By 2017, we will see smart objects hitting shelves on broad scale and we will start reducing waste, costs and inconvenience while increasing efficiency and safety. Read more about Puneet Mehta: 8 Ways the 'Internet of Things' Will Impact Your Everyday Life

Council on Forum Europe 1 2 3 and 4, what will 5 bring?

What will the 5th Annual Internet of Things European Summit bring?

The 4th Annual Internet of Things Europe explored the co-existence of real and virtual worlds in everyday life within areas such as consumer electronics, health, transport and retail. The Internet of Things, the principle of connected devices and objects that are uniquely identifiable, is increasingly becoming a reality, with related technologies rapidly finding their way into everyday life. In order to achieve a single market for IoT and maximize the advantages that a safe and advanced IoT would bring, policymakers, citizens and industry need to continue to collaborate together.  Read more about Council on Forum Europe 1 2 3 and 4, what will 5 bring?

Ângela Guimarães Pereira, Alice Benessia, Paula Curvelo: JRC report: Agency in the Internet of Things

The kinds of ethical issues that these types of technology - such as IoT (C)- raise are related to autonomy (of things and humans), security (dual use, freedom, liberty), equity /equality/ justice/ fairness (access. treatment, discrimination/ discriminatory interfaces) and others. Commissioner Neelie Kroes has welcomed this opinion, in particular that investments should be made to undertake research on ethical, legal, social and environmental aspects of ICT, specifically mentioning the ‘Internet of Things’.

Darryl K. Taft: Eclipse Ups Ante for Internet of Things Community

Source: „The Eclipse Foundation says the Internet of things should be based on open-source technology supported by an Eclipse-based community. The Eclipse Foundation is aiming to build up a strong community for developers looking to tap into the opportunity afforded by the Internet of things. The Internet of things (IoT), which extends Internet connectivity beyond traditional devices such as desktop and laptop computers, smartphones and tablets to a diverse range of devices and everyday things that utilize embedded technology to communicate and interact with the external environment, opens up a world of new opportunity for developers.

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'


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