The “internet of things"

One day, your thermostat will tell your kettle it’s cold and order it to rustle up a cuppa for you, says Duncan Bell of T3. That day is closer than you might think.

Dyson’s new robo-vacuum (above) is clever, says Stuff. It cleans up for you, and a 360˚ camera works out where it is in a room to make sure it doesn’t miss a spot. Connect it up to a smartphone and you can even “schedule sucking sessions and view a map of its progress”.

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino: How to Set Up an Internet of Things Meetup

I've been running the London Internet of Things meetup since December 2011 and have helped a few friends set up their own meetup in various cities around the world. London now has over 6 meetups on this topic (see sidebar of and I thought I'd share what you should think about when starting a meetup.

1. Why the internet of things?

Stacey Higginbotham: Tata finds 26 companies set to spend $1 billion on the Internet of things this year

Success isn’t defined by the technology or spending, but on a company’s mindset.

Twenty-six companies (including 14 in the U.S.) plan to spend $1 billion or more each on Internet of things initiatives this year according to research out from Tata Consultancy Services. That billion-dollar group comes from seven industries: six from banking and financial services; five from automotive; four from travel, hospitality, and transportation; four from high tech; three from insurance; two telecommunications firms; one retailer; and one from healthcare and life sciences.

Vivek Wadhwa: The Internet of Things

Your toaster will soon talk to your toothbrush and your bathroom scale. They will all have a direct line to your car and to the health sensors in your smartphone. I have no idea what they will think of us or what they will gossip about, but our devices will soon be sharing information about us with each other and with the companies that make or support them.

Rich Lord: 'Future Crimes': A sober warning about the Internet of Things

Why the anxiety? Because, as Mr. Goodman gets around to summarizing, “We no longer live life through our own innate primary human sensory abilities. Rather, we experience it mediated through screens,” and increasingly through appliances with invisible connections to the Internet. Those screens and connections can be used against us.

Maria Santos: IBM believes blockchain is an “elegant solution” for Internet of Things

It’s not news that IBM has been exploring Bitcoin’s technology and its applications. But the computer giant has now released a new report, which claims that the blockchain could be the much awaited solution for the logistical issues surrounding the evolution of the Internet of Things.

Terry Kosdrosky: What sounds make us feel safe in public? (think: smart cities)

“Sounds have a significant effect on the perceived safety of individuals in public places.”ANN ARBOR—Rationally speaking, most people know that random, violent crime is rare. But that doesn't keep them from getting the creeps when they walk through a parking structure or other public place that's not well-lit or crowded.

This leads people to avoid places that are otherwise safe. How to reduce that fear? New research by University of Michigan marketing professor Aradhna Krishna shows that certain ambient sounds create a feeling of safety in such places.

Julia Powles and Jat Singh: Why the internet of things favours dominance

The grand vision of the internet of things is currently an exercise in imagination. It is about what happens when more and more of the real, physical world comes online, as devices and sensors proliferate, connecting everything.

The promise is that the internet of things won’t just connect our homes, hospitals, schools and streets – it will enable whole new ranges of interactions, services and efficiencies. It’s not just about the things, in other words – it’s about the people and environments that animate them.

Joe McKendrick: Five reasons Internet of Things development will take longer than expected

Like herding cats, fully embracing the so-called Internet of Things requires being able to pull together a host of variables and keeping everything in sync. The right technologies need to be in place that can gracefully handle the flow of data in various formats. It's much better, of course, if there's some standardization. That's the easy part, of course -- suppliers, partners, internal users and customers also have to be on board.

Lysa Myers: Internet of Things: Anything You Track Could Be Used Against You

Security advocates have been bringing up privacy concerns surrounding wearable devices in the Internet of Things a lot lately. But why would anyone care about the information tracked with fitness devices? Unsurprisingly, the first real-world answer to this question has come from lawyers in a couple of recent court cases.

What data are useful?

Zeus Kerravala: How the hospitality industry is embracing the Internet of Things

There's no question that the Internet of Things can make an enterprise more efficient. The harmonizing of sensors, devices, and data harmonized into one system gives rise to context-aware computation and enables the environment to respond instantly to change, be it in temperature, light, movement or other factors. This not only brings numerous new opportunities, but also significant cost savings, music to the ears of today's business leaders.


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