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How many #sensors are required to power the Internet of Things? | #protocols

How many #sensors are required to power the Internet of Things? | #protocols | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
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How many sensors are required to power the Internet of Things?

According to Davor Sutija, chief executive officer at Thinfilm, about a trillion sensors are required to power the billion connected devices expected to power the Internet of Things. To meet demand for the sensors, the Norway-based maker of organic semiconductors and printed electronics has developed an alternate approach to the Internet of Things.

 

At the heart of Thinfilm’s approach is a tweak to the existing definition of the Internet of Things. This definition, propagated by large corporations such as Cisco and IBM, puts a network at the heart of the technology. It consists of an ecosystem of connected devices with sensors and intelligence built into physical objects. These devices will talk to and monitor each other, regardless of distance or power consumption. “If the Internet of Things is just a massive machine talking to itself, then a billion or so microcontrollers (or computers embedded within consumer devices) is fine,” explains Sutija.

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#trends: The Role of the Smartphone in Digital Health | #sensors #situational #context

#trends: The Role of the Smartphone in Digital Health | #sensors #situational #context | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
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Smartphone biosensors

As well as acting as the centralized repository for connected third-party devices the smartphone itself is packed with a range of intelligent sensors that can – and are – being used to help people improve their health.

The latest generation of iPhone, the 5s, has seven inbuilt sensors with the most recent two – the fingerprint sensor and the M7 motion coprocessor – being introduced with the iPhone 5s launch. With nine inbuilt sensors the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone has two more than the iPhone.

While not all are specifically designed to be health related, these sensors are being used for health purposes to good effect.

Cardiio is an innovative app that measures heart rate without physical contact. Using the iPhone’s front camera sensor Cardiio analyzes the light that reflects off a user’s face and predicts with an almost perfect degree of accuracy the resting heart rate.

Developed by MIT’s Media Lab, Cardiio works by analyzing the light that reflects of the user’s face. Every time the heart beats, more blood is pumped to the face. This slight increase in blood volume causes more light to be absorbed, and hence less light is reflected from the face.

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The Already Existent Future Of The Age of #Context: Mobile, Data, Sensors and the Future of #Privacy.

The Already Existent Future Of The Age of #Context: Mobile, Data, Sensors and the Future of #Privacy. | e-Xploration | Scoop.it

The Age of Context is a tour-de-force documentary of the state of technology in 2013 looking across a broad number of fields: healthcare, transportation, the electronic home, urbanization, mobile devices, marketing, and understanding customers.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Pinpoint marketing is about right-time experiences, as described by mobile industry analyst Maribel Lopez of Lopez Research. There is not only a time and place for the experience but taking input from the situation of the environment beyond one’s self, their relationship network, preferences and the overlap with the possibilities of vendor offerings in that same space. It then follows with that negotiation of all this contextual information from the individual buyers viewpoint, and the sellers. There is a world of proxy agents coming for each side, consummated by the final purchase decision of the buyer.

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#Embedding Interconnected Microsystems in Almost Everything | #sensors

#Embedding Interconnected Microsystems in Almost Everything | #sensors | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
As the incoming wave of innovators, investors, students, social infrastructure, design tools, manufacturers, products and markets crests, it will trigger disruptive change. The microworld will suddenly become widely visible, extensively explored and ...
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That's all about to change as smart phones, watches and glasses become LEGO-like, customizable, microhardware assemblages that can be partially reconfigured to meet individual and group requirements.

 

Suddenly, large numbers of product innovators will begin exploiting modular microscale building-blocks containing MEMS accelerometers, gyroscopes, pressure, temperature and flow sensors, microcameras, microactuators, microtransducers and more -- along with their embedded microcontrollers and interconnection interfaces -- to craft and exploit novel tiny-form-factor hardware apps that plug-n-play withinmacroscale systems.

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Interactive Sensing in Social Networks I #sensors #agents

Interactive Sensing in Social Networks I #sensors #agents | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
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Social sensing, also called participatory sensing [1], [2], [3], [4], is defined as a process where physical sensors present in mobile devices such as GPS are used to infer social relationships and human activities. In this paper, we work at a higher level of abstraction. We use the term social sensor or human-based sensor to denote an agent that provides information about its environment (state of nature) on a social network after interaction with other agents. 

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