Joe Carmichael: 3 Cool Examples of Impractical Hacks from Amazon's "Internet of Things" Competition

Last week, Amazon announced the winners of its Internet of Things (IoT) competition, which asked applicants for the best IoT applications that they could dream up.

The competition began in October, when Amazon unveiled its own IoT platform. Entrants were expected to dream up applications that both captured the intrigue of would-be users and put the platform to its best use. Entries were divided into three categories based on the hardware they employed: the AWS IoT Button, the AWS IoT starter kits, and others (such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and so on).