The Business of Robotics Energy harvesting power for the Internet of Things Consulting-Specifying Engineer Everybody's talking about the Internet of Things (IoT). But how should billions of communicating devices be powered?
We often talk about batteries being one of the weak links in the modern era of technology. When you look at what we expect our mobile phones, our video cameras, our tablets and other devices to be able to do, especially when you start adding high res video displays, GPS, gyros and other technology we have a problem.
Then when you start talking about the Internet of Things, every sensor needs some form of power in order to communicate whatever it is that it's sensing. If we want devices to be wireless, which means they don't require an electrician to connect them, typically they need batteries.
What if the battery problem was able to be disrupted by having systems that draw their energy from other technologies in the neighbourhood? A lot of inductive power, or ambient power is just wasted energy. What if we were able to harness that energy when we need to, use it in real time or store it in capacitive devices instead of having to buy truckloads of batteries that harm the atmosphere when they are tossed out? Wouldn't that be cool?
More than 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020, but this new connectivity revolution has already started. Libelium publishes a compilation of 50 cutting edge Internet of Things applications grouped by vertical markets.
Wondering what the Internet of Things is all about. This is a gerat list to have a look at. Smarter Cities mean smarter businesses and smarter citizens. You'll be using it even if you don't realise it. Want to get in on the action? So do we.
Nokia takes the first of many planned steps into the connected car, launching an embedded infotainment and navigation system called Here Auto that reaches beyond the vehicle into the broader world of smartphone apps.
Nokia took a nose dive from being the biggest mobile manufacturer in the world, when the iPhone came out.
Is this a sign of a possible major comeback? Today's cars are full of computers and are connecting to the Internet. M2M has many things to offer the connected car. The sexy features are the easiest to sell and this could bode well for a company like Nokia.
New Sensors Powered In A Low Power Way EarthTechling One of the major constraints of this potentially disruptive technology taking off is the power requirement of these sensors, which must be fed either by wires or batteries.
This could be a major game changer! Charging capacitors uing ambient energy sources could have a huge impact on the size and usability of M2M sensors.
Could this be a major wildcard? It can certainly have a major impact on the cost of sensors and also their size.
The Internet of Things is getting more exciting ever day.
SmartThings opens shop for Internet of Things CNET SmartThings is building what CEO Alex Hawkinson calls a "physical graph," an analog to the social graph for the Internet of Things.
All over the world people are starting to recognise that M2M is coming in a wave of new solutions. Standards will be developed which are needed for privacy and security and local companies like Imersia will help put it all together, add features and value with local relevance.
What smart things would you like to have in your home, business and mobile world?
Connected devices startups get their own TechStars accelerator program in NYC thanks to a aprtnership with digital marketing agency R/GA.
Smart move and a great opportunity for startups with ideas for IoT, M2M devices and applications. There are going to be some very cool campaigns coming out of this initiative. Good to see that some ad agencies get it:)
Battery-free wireless communication tech could fuel Internet of Things Techworld.com Researchers in America say they have created a wireless communication system that allows devices to communicate with each other without relying on batteries or...
M2M World News (press release) Big Data, Big Opportunities M2M World News (press release) Big data is the term for a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or...
This link contains a really good infographic on big data, that will give you some perspective on how much information there is out there. It is truly mind boggling and shows how important it is to have technologies that can harness information and make it useful and usable.
M2M is the key to harnessing a lot of this data into features and functionality that can improve our lives, streamline our businesses and allow quality decision making.
Smartphone video monitoring with motion detection plus add-on devices make it easy to view and control your home from anywhere. (RT @PeoplePowerCo: Awesome perks still available for contributors to our #indiegogo campaign.
This is very cool, I love the idea of repurposing your old iPhone and using it as a remote camera for free! This is a company to watch.
TechHive Forget metadata, this tiny tooth-fitted sensor will record all your mouthdata TechHive Feel uneasy about the NSA rifling through your communication records? Well, Mr. Privacy, that might be small potatoes if certain research bears out.
Obviously a little way to go. I'm not sure about external power transmitting bluetooth from my mouth, but the concept is interesting. Will it monitor your discussion as well? Say aaah
The world's first "connected boulevard", or the Internet of Things applied to the city of Nice http://t.co/5mU84DeWv5
I hope they will do a lot more than this, but it is an excellent start and will no doubt be evolved both as an example to cities around the world on how to become 'smart' and of course to show Cisco's leadership in this space.
Stuff.co.nz Google launches Internet-beaming balloons MiamiHerald.com CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Wrinkled and skinny at first, the translucent, jellyfish-shaped balloons that Google released this week from a frozen field in the heart of New...
Is Google going to totally disrupt the world of WIfI access? Imagine if everyone could get solar powerd Internet access for free? of course this means that Google has access to all the data that goes through these high flying access points which some may not be so keen on.
What this technology could enable is Internet access to 3rd world countries here the cost of reticulating decent access to the Internet is too high. It could also enable means to provide Internet access in countries where political powers do not want the people to have access to the Internet.
Lots of debate will follow this trial, but bottom line is that everyone should have access to the Internet irrespective of who they are and where they are. This could soon be possible.
One of the examples Google gave, which is partly why they took the opportunity to try out this technology in Christchurch is that when thereis a major environmental crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami etc, the communications networks can be swamped by people trying to get help, locate loved ones and colleagues, or just find out what is going on. During the earthquake authorities asked people to keep communications to essential needs and free them up for emergency services. In several areas the networks failed altogether and of course where there was no electricity, cell towers had limited life spans and many people had no way to communicate.
Balloons with controls that allow them to be placed strategically would be the perfect answer in these situations and could potentially be deployed very quickly as and when required, pretty much anywhere on the planet.
From an IoT perspective they could also be collecting information from sensors such as seismographs, water levels and other devices including the ability to track key people such as SAR volunteers and large equipment.
RedOrbit Canine Remote Control, Using Your Smart Phone? Science Daily (press release) Sep. 3, 2013 — That old "best friend" can get a bit tiresome, all that rolling over, shaking paws, long walks and eating every crumb of food off the floor.
My first reaction was get off the grass, why not just have a robot pet! But when you start to think about drug detection, bomb detection, search and rescue, let alone working dogs on farms, this has a huge amount of potential.
We live in an age where household objects can now intelligently communicate with each other via wireless protocols (RT @Gagan_S: Ready or not, the Programmable World is upon us: http://t.co/xd5f3YL6Ma...
Welcome to our world. Underlying the gamified location based infrastructure we have entities we call Smartpoints. These are generally location based, able to provide access to information based on who you are, where you are and your context.
It might be playing games, such as a treasure hunt. It might be proximity based marketing, or access to location relevant information such as the history of a building, monument or locality.
These Smartpoints also have the ability to communicate with each other in many powerful ways. For example a water depth sensor on a pacific island atoll, could activate specific alarms and contact certain people's mobiles, should the sea level rise above a certain level (taking into consideration natural wave cycles, tides etc. This could in turn trigger a transmitter at a higher location, that then send the information to the international Tsunami Management Center.
When a door in your home is opened and the alarm has not been deactivated, it could trigger a system that not only sends an alert to your mobile (and/or the monitoring company, but also locks all internal doors, sets off an audible alarm and starts flashing all the lights in the house on and off, disabling othe controls until the alarm hsa been turned off.
Whilst there are many individual systems that can do one of these, what Imersia wants to do is have as many as practical contained in an intelligent environment. We do not want you to suffer the death of a thousand apps.
The Coalition is pumping more money into the Internet of Things, this time shoving £800,000 into a project aimed at schools (RT @TheIoT: Government Backed Project Aims To Take Internet of Things Into Schools - TechWeekEurope UK
This sounds very intersting, but is very light on detail. Does anyone know what they are actually planning on doing? How would you introduce IoT into schools.
One thing is for su, most schools now have access to smartphones and tablets, both internal and BYOD, so they are ready.
Like any buzzword before it, the Internet of Things is mired in misunderstanding and misuse. Seeking to do rather than say, Imagination has crafted a session that is part discussion, part social experiment. We’ve hacked together 100 badges and made them aware of the world around them – reinforcing the idea of a connected world of communicating objects – with the goal of making an abstract idea more tangible.
Part one of this experiment happened in London (see a short video here). In New York, part two pushes things further with live data visualizations and a direct link to Twitter, which allows us to share contact information at the touch of a badge.
Social connections are not like they used to be and this session, via the considered opinions of experts from Google, New York Times and Metropolitan Museum of Art, explores how they have moved on and what this means for us.
So come wear a badge, interact with fellow attendees and see how the data generated from a few small exchanges can alter the way we see the world – and each other. Following our panel discussion, stick around for more debate, experimentation, and an ice-cold beer.
M2M Fights Heart Disease Connected World Magazine According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in America. It kills hundreds of thousands of people every year.
I don't think Governments have gotten their heads around this yet, but it is going to be huge. Imagine being able to monitor at risk people with sensors connected to their own mobile phones. The savings of life and healthcare costs will be huge.
It seems there is a disconnect right now as health boards focus on traditional ambulance at the bottom of the cliff financial management. One of these days they will realise that the scalpels of today's technology can cut swathes out of the costs of hospital care. Obviously they should look at specific targets one at a time, things that cost a lot. It might be diabetes, heart, asthma and similar conditions.
There have been many developments in these areas already, but they don't tend to include communication back to health centres, feedbck in real time and historically for patients and their caregivers. They don't produce statistics that help analyse causal factors.
Location can play a big part in this area. For example having sensors in areas where pollen dumps may occur from forests, orchards and farms during particualr weather conditions. Being able to combine big data with location and sensors carried by people, statistics can quickly be researched and action can be taken.
Of course at an indvidual level, many people can be given health advice or care in situ, based on sensor data without needing to go to a health centre or doctor. Even simple reminders to use an inhaler or to take an insulin test would make a big difference. Many people suffer health problems simply because they forgot to take their meds. In chronic situations, an app could remind people to take their meds, or contact their health provider or insurer if they haven't, in order to send them a reminder via their mobile.
Note how I snuck the word 'insurer' into this story? Health care and insurance fit hand in glove. One way or another someone has to pay for your health care. The hospital or medical practice have to get paid, the insurance company has to pay out of your premium and make a profit and most of all, you the patient, wouldn't you rather be well all the time, or as much of your life as possible?
See the 12 mobile health + sensor finalists in the $2.25 million Nokia Sensing ...
Mobile health is gong nuts. Your phone is going to connect your body to a health profesional one of these days. It could save your life, improve your health and mobility and standard of life and hopefully save us all money.
Some of the biggest changes will be in the 3rd world where health faces constant crises, but that will spin off to all of us.
Today, people take heart monitors for runners in their stride. Tomorrow we will be popping pills that are IoT sensors that will determine our health conditions. Many people won't need to visit the doctor, mHealth technology will advise whether you need personal visits, or provide you with advice and a script if required.
ICT to transform transportation and Smart Cities M2M Magazine Telcos will see their profile rise higher in smart transportation projects with the availability of M2M communications for process automation and the greater reliance on sensor networks...
Windows: With camera remote control tools, you can take awesome photos, including self-portraits and time-lapse photos. DigiCamControl gives you access to almost all camera controls from your Windows PC and, optionally, through a web browser.
If you are thinking of buying a new digital camera, or even a recent second hand one, this might be of interest to you. The Internet of things provides many opportunities to connect to devices in ways you haven't thought of and this software is free.
The Internet of Things is coming, but so far it's a fragmented mess. In order for it to work the way it's envisioned, some coopetition may be in order. The business models that reward innovation, that are open, and that are fully interoperable at all levels are the ones that will be successful. The Internet of Things will come into being only when the interoperability challenges are conquered.