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How Ninja Sphere Is Making The Internet Of Things Less Dumb

How Ninja Sphere Is Making The Internet Of Things Less Dumb | Web of Things | Scoop.it
A Kickstarter project is trying to marry home automation and the Internet of Things. You'll want one.

 

Ninja Sphere acts as an intelligent "hub" that connects to the separate devices you already own and helps them communicate with your other home automation gadgets without asking you to pull out your phone unless absolutely necessary. It does this in part by knowing where objects like your phone or your pets are located in relation to you. When a sensor notices some activity--the dog's Internet-connected collar sends an alert, for example--the Ninja Sphere tries to determine what action to take next.

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Since the sphere can keep tabs on virtually any object that you attached a smart tag to, the possibilities become quite intriguing. Place a Bluetooth-enabled smart tag on your jewelry box, for instance. The Ninja Sphere could then detect that the box of valuables is moving, while also sensing that none of the owners' smartphones are nearby. It would then alert you to a potential theft in progress (or at least that the five-year-old is playing dress up with mom's best baubles).

 

The underlying trick is indoor location sensing, a technology that is quietly being installed in places like the Apple Store because it's useful to know where its shoppers are located and how they navigate around products. Indoor GPS, as it's sometimes called, could also help you as a smartphone owner navigate an office building you've never visited before.

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Tapping Earth's magnetic field for indoor navigation

Tapping Earth's magnetic field for indoor navigation | Web of Things | Scoop.it

While outdoor navigation has been mastered with GPS satellites and cell phone triangulation, indoor navigation has proven more tricky.


Now, a group of researchers at the University of Oulu in Finland has tapped the Earth's magnetic field to create an indoor positioning system (IPS).  The researchers say their approach was inspired by studying the way homing pigeons and lobsters use anomalies in the magnetic field to navigate their travels.

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Mobile and the Internet of Things enable contextual-intelligence

Mobile not only increases the reach of services but it provides additional context, such as location and presence. Location technologies–such as triangulation, wireless location signatures, and GPS–will be combined to provide rich indoor and outdoor location for both people and things. In the future, embedded sensors that provide environmental conditions such as humidity and temperature will be commonplace. Sensors will provide another aspect of context that services can tap into.


For example, your mobile device has access to your calendar so it knows if you’re running late for a meeting in downtown L.A. It can alert your car to connect to services like Streetline to help you find an available (sensor-enabled) parking spot while alerting your manager that you’re late. Other examples could link contextual attributes, such as presence and location, with enterprise social software. Instead of using a paging system, a nurse could use enterprise social software on a tablet to locate an available cardiologist on the third floor of a hospital and a defibrillator on the fourth floor.

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Mariana Soffer's comment, June 19, 2012 8:40 AM
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5 Ways The Smart City Will Change How We Live In 2012

5 Ways The Smart City Will Change How We Live In 2012 | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Thoughts on how the future of the smart city will impact daily life and efficiency of our cities, from IBM's Smarter Buildings division.

 

via Co.EXIST

 

highlights: http://diigo.com/0m761

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The Internet Gets Physical

The Internet Gets Physical | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"Across many industries, products and practices are being transformed by communicating sensors and computing intelligence. The smart industrial gear includes jet engines, bridges and oil rigs that alert their human minders when they need repairs, before equipment failures occur. Computers track sensor data on operating performance of a jet engine, or slight structural changes in an oil rig, looking for telltale patterns that signal coming trouble.

 

SENSORS on fruit and vegetable cartons can track location and sniff the produce, warning in advance of spoilage, so shipments can be rerouted or rescheduled. Computers pull GPS data from railway locomotives, taking into account the weight and length of trains, the terrain and turns, to reduce unnecessary braking and curb fuel consumption by up to 10 percent."

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The Internet of Things: The Opportunity of a Lifetime?

The Internet of Things: The Opportunity of a Lifetime? | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"The "Internet of Things" is a term that describes the many objects in the physical world that are now connected to the web. It also describes an industry that is expected to earn mobile device operators nearly $1.2 trillion in revenue by 2020.

 

When discussing The "Internet of Things" we refer to connected devices that are part of systems tuned into larger systems, or information bases, that the Internet offers. The devices "talk" with each other, exchanging services and data. Such connected devises range from smartphones and tablets, to TVs and DVD players, security systems, GPS and tracking systems, and much more."

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Here, There, Everywhere: Rugged Computers Enable True Workforce Mobility

Here, There, Everywhere: Rugged Computers Enable True Workforce Mobility | Web of Things | Scoop.it

So what are today’s forward-thinking professionals doing with this new technology?

 

They’re finding that work is a whole lot simpler, faster and more enjoyable with data devices that can sort, synthesize and analyze data as well as collect it, and that can work seamlessly with both worksite machinery and advanced office hardware.


Take the public works sector: Government agencies and private companies across the world are using rugged technology for a wide range of tracking, monitoring, reporting and scheduling tasks essential to city maintenance — all while saving time and improving the accuracy of their data.


For example, GPS-enabled devices can tag along worry-free for messy catch-basin cleanup runs and sewer line repairs, and dashboard-mounted tablets with tracking software can simplify data collection on street-sweeping and waste-collection routes, without ill effects from constant road vibrations.


The data these computers collect can be stored, organized, charted, transmitted wirelessly to office locations, and formed into customized reports. Simple manual and sensor-based data input reduces human error and increases accuracy for record-keeping and important reporting, such as for governmental regulations or grant compliance.

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A new vision for harnessing data about life on Earth

A new vision for harnessing data about life on Earth | Web of Things | Scoop.it

The Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference (GBIC) will convene 100 leading specialists in biodiversity science, informatics, conservation and policy in Copenhagen, Denmark from 2-4 July.

 

Donald Hobern, executive secretary of GBIF, organizers and co-hosts of the conference, launched a vision statement for the event as world leaders approached the climax of their talks in Rio de Janeiro to chart a more sustainable development path for the world.

 

Hobern highlighted the increasing number of tools now available to assist us with measuring, recording and observing biodiversity, including:

Rapid gene sequencing technologies;

 

A wealth of imaging and remote sensing systems;

 

Physical and chemical sensors of all kinds;

Global-positioning tools;

 

The information backbone and processing power of the web and modern high-performance computing;

 

A global workforce of biologists with greater understanding of evolutionary processes than ever before; and

 

An army of amateur observers and potential contributors to our understanding.


image via © John Pickering, 2006-2011

 

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Which sensors are coming to your next smartphone? | mobihealthnews

Which sensors are coming to your next smartphone? | mobihealthnews | Web of Things | Scoop.it

According to an interview with the general manager of the MEMS division of STMicroelectronics, Benedetto Vigna, smartphones will soon offer up a whole slew of new embedded sensors that could help to make mobile health services more accessible.

 

The introduction of extra sensors into consumer phones and other devices will really be just the first step into finding sensors everywhere according to Vigna. He states that in the next few years we will be seeing sensors in our socks, shoes, glasses and household fixtures like the garbage can — all aimed at measuring a person’s environmental health factors.

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10 ways a digital Big Brother can be good for you

10 ways a digital Big Brother can be good for you | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"These days, Big Brother doesn't need to do much snooping. We just tell him what we're up to. We tweet, check in on Foursquare, use digital payment systems and generally live so publicly that spying loses at least some degree of utility.


Meanwhile, we're quickly expanding the systems we've built to monitor ourselves and our environments. We connect our power consumption to the internet via "smart meters," we let Google's cameras map our streets and we use wireless gadgets to transmit vital signs to doctors."

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GPS-equipped shoes

GPS-equipped shoes | Web of Things | Scoop.it

His GPS-equipped shoe is from GTX Corp. in Los Angeles, and costs $299 plus a monthly wireless subscription. This is an example of the widely predicted Internet of Things (IoT), where anything with intelligence (including machines, roads and buildings) will have an online presence, generating data that could be put to uses currently unimagined. Industry watchers disagree only on how far along we are -- and which science-fiction setting best depicts what's coming.

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