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The Internet of Things and M2M – Some Predictions for a Bubbly Next Few Years | Blue Hill Research

The Internet of Things and M2M – Some Predictions for a Bubbly Next Few Years | Blue Hill Research | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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The best prognostication so far on IoT, where it is going and who is going to be using it - Definitely a worthwhile read

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Is this the future of bionics?

Is this the future of bionics? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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The Centre for Blast Injury Studies is taking this further with the use of motion capture technology to analyse how an amputee's bones and muscles function in order to make them a better prosthetic.

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Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android

Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) - Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet
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If successful, Android would become the standard system powering a car's entertainment and navigation features, solidifying Google's position in a new market where it is competing with arch-rival Apple Inc. Google could also potentially access the valuable trove of data collected by a vehicle. - Direct integration into cars ensures that drivers will use Google's services every time they turn on the ignition, without having to plug in the phone. It could allow Google to make more use of a car's camera, sensors, fuel gauge, and Internet connections that come with some newer car models. 

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December 25: The Day Internet of Things Devices Go Online En Masse

December 25: The Day Internet of Things Devices Go Online En Masse | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
They see you when you're sleeping. They know when they're awake.
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Donna Hoffman, a marketing professor at George Washington University, said that beyond security, there’s a more basic issue as shoppers gift smart devices this holiday season: customer support.

"People are going to take these devices home and they’re not going to work as advertised, and then there’s going to be a lot of dissatisfaction," Hoffman says. "The challenge for the industry is going to be how to manage consumer expectations, because I think they’re not prepared for the onslaught."

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4 ways the Internet of Things brings us closer to 'The Jetsons'

4 ways the Internet of Things brings us closer to 'The Jetsons' | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things is expected to grow to approximately 75 billion connections by 2020, merging our physical and online worlds. The implications for both consumers and marketers are obvious and far-reaching — as more consumers connect their everyday lives to an increasing number of smart devices, marketers will have the opportunity to not only better understand the lifestyles and habits of their customer, but offer even more personal and intimate contextual experiences than ever before.

Below are a few of the implications for both consumers and marketers as the Internet of Things continues to evolve.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 14, 11:34 PM

The Internet of things will disrupt your business. And so you really need to plan to accommodate it in your business of the future.

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Samsung Rumored To Begin Apple Inc A9 Processor Production

Samsung Rumored To Begin Apple Inc A9 Processor Production | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Samsung appears to be putting aside its rivalry with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to make profits on providing the next generation A9 processor
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The rumored agreement would give Samsung back some of the foundry quantities it lost to TSMC with the A8 and give it the upper hand with its 14nm FinFET technology. As mentioned previously these things go back and forth with Apple pitting the two companies against each other and TSMC could still be in the hunt with its own 16nm FinFET plus process which began production in July.

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Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810

Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 is not only a killer part, it has raised the bar on what a mobile SoC has to be in 2015.
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The Snapdragon 810 was positioned as Qualcomm's new flagship application processor and potential king of the hill in mobile SoCs. They took several chances incorporating so many new features in the 810, an unusual move, and one loaded with potential problems. One of the big gambles was running in a mobile device the LPDDR4 at 1600 MHz, delivering a total bandwidth of 25.6GB/s. (It is 2 x 32-bit channels, a total width of 64 bits). That provides the bandwidth and data width needed for high-performance graphics, as well as Open CL applications.

In using ARM Cortex A57/A53 cores, Qualcomm deviated from its practice of designing its own ARM cores. The ARM cores have been available for some time, several other SoC designer/builders use it, and so it does not represent much risk for Qualcomm.

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Butterflies, Ants and the Internet of Things

Butterflies, Ants and the Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Buckminster Fuller once wrote, “there is nothing in the caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”  It’s true that often our capacity to look at things and truly understand their final form is very limited.  Nor can we necessarily predict what happens when many small changes combine – when small pebbles roll…
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One example is the German port of Hamburg. The Hamburg port Authority is building what they refer to as a smartPort. Literally embedding millions of sensors in everything from container handling systems to street lights – to provide data and management capabilities to move cargo through the port more efficiently, avoid traffic snarl-ups, and even predict environmental impacts through sensors that respond to noise and air pollution.

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This Cheap Sensor Will Tell Your Phone When Food Goes Bad

This Cheap Sensor Will Tell Your Phone When Food Goes Bad | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Some MIT eggheads invented a very impressive and very inexpensive sensor that stands to protect you against anything from a bomb to a bad pack of beef. And it's so simple.
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"The beauty of these sensors is that they are really cheap. You put them up, they sit there, and then you come around and read them. There's no wiring involved. There's no power," MIT chemistry professor Timothy Swager said in a release. "You can get quite imaginative as to what you might want to do with a technology like this."  The MIT team that invented the sensors has applied for a patent on the technology. But they're also trying to improve it so that the sensors work with Bluetooth, which would extend their range. They even think that they could be integrated into badges so that employees in hazardous areas could get an alert if a dangerous gas is present. We'd probably be happy getting a push alert when our chicken is starting to get nasty, though. 

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Will Government Regulation Kill the Internet of Things?

Will Government Regulation Kill the Internet of Things? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The government needs to update regulations to accommodate the Internet of Things. But those rules shouldn’t be written in stone.
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The govt, getting in on the IoT, given their track record on regulating things we are suspicious despite well meaning intentions, hopefully they will be taking the input from major and minor participants in the market to come up with those regulations and not stifle the necessary innovation.  

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Lies, Damn Lies And The Myth Of Following The Data

Lies, Damn Lies And The Myth Of Following The Data | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
We are told to follow the data and the truth will be revealed, but data tells many tales and it depends on the data and how you interpret it. It makes me wonder if anything is definitive if you can present two similar sets of data and draw wildly different conclusions, depending on your emphasis. That’s because data is a tool in the hands of humans and we can interpret it as we choose. And to be clear, this isn’t because we choose to be deliberately deceptive either, although that’s probably true sometimes. It’s because being human, we can bring unintended biases to the data.

It’s a huge conundrum in the age of big data. How do you find definitive answers when you can look at different data points on the same topic and come to different interpretations?

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Gathering of data for it's own sake and then expecting it to reveal answers to unrecognized / unasked questions seems just plain ridiculous to me,. - It has surprised me from the beginning about the issue of Big Data, that data of any sort is gathered to validate / invalidate a hypothesis or to evaluate the characteristics of whether or not a process is in control.  Understanding what you are measuring and why needs to precede the gathering of the data, not after the fact.  

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Paul Monin's curator insight, December 7, 3:35 PM

" [...] data tells many tales and it depends on the data and how you interpret it." Everything has been said ! The fact that our whole lifes will be sorted and organized according to the figures of our lives is not hazardous in itself. On the other hand, a misinterpretaiton of those datas could be very dangerous for individuals... 

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Voice control comes to the forefront of the smart home

Voice control comes to the forefront of the smart home | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Forget about your phone or tablet -- these voice-control products let you control your home via verbal command.

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A startup wants to build a trading platform for sensor data

A startup wants to build a trading platform for sensor data | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
A startup out of Las Vegas is trying to capitalize on a very difficult, and potentially very lucrative, opportunity within the internet of things.
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It’s not an insane idea — even Cisco has pitched the idea of “data infomediaries,” and IBM has suggested companies could make money by recycling data — but so far no one has really been able to pull it off. There are myriad regulatory hurdles to overcome, not to mention the technological challenges of building such an infrastructure. Terbine has already prototyped a platform for the data exchange on Amazon Web Services and is thinking about its edge-network architecture, but actually building it is another story.

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Will it work for health data?

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UK Chief Scientific Advisor Reports: The IoT a 2nd digital revolution worth trillions

UK Chief Scientific Advisor Reports: The IoT a 2nd digital revolution worth trillions | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The government’s chief scientific adviser has released his long awaited review on the internet of things (IoT), which was commissioned by the Prime Minister earlier this year.
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UK govt Chief Scientific Advisor Report on the IoT its focus is on how practical applications of IoT can deliver benefits to key areas such as energy, healthcare, agriculture, transport and buildings. The report calls for government to take action in a variety of areas including: a strong leadership role on IoT; facilitating the creation of open, interoperable standards; the development of a roadmap for IoT infrastructure; encouraging public bodies to make their data open and available for real time analysis; and encouraging flexible regulatory frameworks in those domains affected by IoT so they can keep pace with technological developments.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Tipped to Sport Full Aluminium Body, Dual-Edge Display

Samsung Galaxy S6 Tipped to Sport Full Aluminium Body, Dual-Edge Display | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The rumoured Samsung Galaxy S6 has been tipped to feature a dual-edge curved display.
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Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy A series making sure that they don't have a their own "bend gate"

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How big data is beginning to change how medicine works

How big data is beginning to change how medicine works | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

The face of medical care is rapidly changing thanks to major advancements in the capture, proliferation, and analysis of medical data. Technologies like the electronic health records (EHRs) and personal health records (PHRs) are drastically improving the way data is aggregated and shared.


Now the hope is that big data analytics will help to make sense of seemingly endless streams of medical information.


As many doctors are painfully aware, outcome-oriented care is no longer a buzzword but a reality. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has started to implement a program where payments are based on the ability of providers to meet key National Quality Strategy Domains (e.g. care criteria). Public payers are testing this new methodology, and private payers are expected to soon follow.


These big data analytics applications can also be relevant for the FDA, which may want to see how drugs perform in a non-test environment to ensure the appropriate patient populations are receiving the drug. I also expect pharmaceutical companies to actively scour this data to track drug efficacy post-release or identify markets that could “benefit” from increased penetration.


I am eager to see how the data evolution improves outcomes for doctors and patients.




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The Internet of Things and the Connected Person

The Internet of Things and the Connected Person | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
One of the interesting things about the Internet of Things (IoT): It’s not really about the things. The IoT is a developing technological marvel. It is estimated that by the year 2020, 50 to 100 billion devices will be electronically connected in the globally emerging IoT. But at the center of the innovation that is unfolding…
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the IoT is so broad and complex that no single standards organization has the possibility of being the one entity to pull it all together. Multi-dimensional collaboration — across industries and markets, across pre-standards research, formal standards development and market implementation — is necessary if requirements globally are to be addressed and standards and technology development is to progress rapidly and cost-efficiently.

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Google enlists balloon experts from French space agency to bring Project Loon to life

Google is enlisting some of the world's foremost experts on balloons to turn its ambitious Project Loon into reality. The search company has partnered up with French space agency CNES to "pool...
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Cisco's Internet of Everything embraces data-analytics

Cisco's Internet of Everything embraces data-analytics | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Cisco Systems Inc. is offering data-analytics software packages to help clients get the most value out of connected devices as part of the company's Internet of Everything strategy.
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Cisco CEO John Chambers forecast dramatic changes with the growth in connectivity, which his company describes as the Internet of Everything.  - Firms that don't adapt will fail, he said, predicting that 40 % of the companies now on the Fortune 500 list will be gone in 10 years. - Cisco expects the Internet of Everything to generate $19 trillion in additional profits and cost savings worldwide in the next decade and Chambers said more that data-analytics software will account for more than a third of the total.

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Intel builds IoT alliance, hoping for sales spike in 2015

Intel builds IoT alliance, hoping for sales spike in 2015 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things holds great allure for the technology companies that helped build Silicon Valley into the economic engine it is today. Here's Intel's plan to attach that market.
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Intel showcased several possible applications for its IoT technologies:

-Smart-store technology that can analyze photos of product displays to ensure optimum product placement and restocking;

-A building automation technology that integrates lighting, heating, elevator and emergency services;

-A pipeline-monitoring application that locates temperature spikes or leaks and reports their locations using drones;

-Wearable computing devices that can be used to report and control connected devices.

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Internet of Things and Industrial Security Market to Skyrocket to > $650M

Internet of Things and Industrial Security Market to Skyrocket to > $650M | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Infonetics projects the Industrial Control System (ICS) and Internet of Things security market of distributed firewalls to skyrocket to over $675 million by 2018.
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procurasia's curator insight, December 12, 8:29 AM

China will be a strong player here, at least at the HW side, extending its lead in IT electronics and mobile phones.

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Scientists smash solar cell efficiency record by converting 40.4% of sunlight to energy

Scientists smash solar cell efficiency record by converting 40.4% of sunlight to energy | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Using commercially available solar cells, a UNSW team has converted 40.4% of available sunlight into electricity.

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The PV (photovoltaic) technology used by the team differs from conventional solar cell technology in one key way: it utilizes triple-junction solar cells. These cells, “are basically a sandwich of differently tuned semiconductors with each one able to capture a different wavelength of sunlight.”

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Portland sues Uber alleging illegal operations

Portland sues Uber alleging illegal operations | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
PORTLAND, Ore. – The City of Portland is suing the ride-sharing service Uber after the company launched illegally on Friday. The city previously told Uber it wouldn't change its regulations to allow the San
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According to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, the city's main concern is public health and safety. - "Beyond that, though, is the issue of fairness," Hales said. "Taxi cab companies follow rules on public health and safety. So do hotels and restaurants and construction companies and scores of other service providers. Because everyone agrees: good regulations make for a safer community. Uber disagrees, so we're seeking a court injunction."

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Tools And Tips For Mobile Responsive Design #infographic

Tools And Tips For Mobile Responsive Design #infographic | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

It seems like everyone has a smartphone or tablet nowadays and the numbers certainly back this claim. There are currently 1.75 billion smartphone users around the world, with this number expected to rise to 5.13 billion by 2017. This fast adoption rate is mainly due to the decreasing prices of low end smartphones and the rise in availability of 3G and 4G networks.

The importance of mobile isn’t something you can worry about in the distant future; it’s something you need to focus on now. If your site isn’t optimized for mobile, there’s a good chance you are losing potential customers. Research suggests that 40 percent of users will abandon a site if it takes longer than three seconds to load. If you are struggling to get more customers, it might be that your site isn’t mobile friendly.


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Six Ways To Define Your Internet Of Things Strategy

Six Ways To Define Your Internet Of Things Strategy | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
By Frank Burkitt By 2020, an estimated 50 billion devices around the globe will be connected to the Internet. Perhaps a third of them will be computers, smartphones, tablets, and TVs. The remaining two-thirds will be other kinds of “things”: sensors, actuators, and newly invented intelligent devices that monitor, control, analyze, [...]
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Interesting points HOWEVER no mention of overturning assumptions or breaking contradictions in designs or business models, which are key to getting growth.  

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Advancing Tissue Engineering: The State of 3D Bioprinting

Advancing Tissue Engineering: The State of 3D Bioprinting | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Research on various aspects of bioprinting is being conducted at numerous facilities throughout the world. Every part of the globe has begun to provide progress

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