The ambition of our proposed IOTA platform was to support a thriving community involved in imagining, building, and testing projects at the intersection of the physical and the digital. It would provide a space for play and experimentation; a central platform where different 'flavours' of hardware, software and data sets could meet, making it simpler for people to combine a range of elements in ways that support their aims and needs. IOTA addresses key issues around technological literacy, education and empowerment, and the interoperability of various competing standards. As it stands, the internet-of-things has a huge potential to empower users – but could easily end up reinforcing the divide between capable users and those intimidated or outpaced by new technology. We are looking to address this issue by building a real community with active moderators, project curation and rolling community challenges, 'augmenting' a relatively neutral core learning platform with human involvement.
The internet of things will allow the products we buy to act as social objects with their own virtual Facebook profile equivalent, around which new experiences can cluster, according to Andy Hobsbawm, founder of Evrythng.
He talked about Toyota Friend -- a private social network that connects the driver with its car -- which texts you when it needs its batteries recharged. "This creates a direct digital connection between the physical object and the person who owns and uses it," he said.
Hobsbawm went on to propose the idea of a digitally-connected guitar. Currently, when a musician buys a guitar from a shop there is barely any relationship between the manufacturer and the buyer. Gibson won't even know who has bought the guitars it ships to its retailers.
"Customer relationship management systems are fairly crude. If there was a world where products had digital identities, marketers would understand much more about how the product would be used," he explained. This would allow the company to deliver more relevant, useful tools and services to its customers: "If Gibson knows I'm starting to learn slide guitar, it might suggest a certain type of string or a new model of steel guitar I might want to try out."
"The French Digital Kitchen has been compared to an automotive navigation system, in that it provides verbal step-by-step instructions, doled out as the user successfully completes each one.
To use the system, users first access a connected computer, on which they select the recipe they want to prepare. As the instructions are given, digital sensors in the utensils, ingredient containers and other equipment register whether or not those instructions are being followed correctly. Those instructions are worded in such a way that they contribute to the student's understanding of French in general."
Don Willems designed a doormat. The doormat is not just for wiping your feet, but also for lowering the electricity consumption. How does it do it? The doormat is at the same time a LED display that allows people to easily turn off devices when leaving the house as well as improving their energy consumption behavior by leaning from tailored coaching when coming in.
From his report, “The Doormate is for wiping your feet and supporting lowering of electricity consumption. It does the latter by communicating information through an integrated LED display. It allows people to easily turn of devices when leaving the house as well as improving their energy consumption behavior by learning from tailored coaching when coming in. One could say the Doormate is addressing both the ‘consumer’ – making sure no money is wasted when not at home and the ‘citizen’ – contributing by environmental friendly behaviour – in people.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has poured more than $4 billion into efforts to transform public education in the U.S., is pushing to develop an "engagement pedometer." Biometric devices wrapped around the wrists of students would identify which classroom moments excite and interest them -- and which fall flat.
Ever since David Thodey took over the reins at Australia's largest telco Telstra has embraced the new direction being taken by the telecoms industry, based on a ubiquitous, robust, affordable infrastructure that can be used to lift telecommunications into the next stage, where the business opportunities will be rather different from those of the past. This is the brave new world of internet media, Internet of Things, where a range of new industry sectors will take centre-stage. These include healthcare, education, energy, commerce and media.
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