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Ant-Sized Radios to Connect the World

Ant-Sized Radios to Connect the World | Web of Things | Scoop.it

A new radio-chip device could offer a cost effective solution to the capital-intensive hurdles preventing the proliferation of the Internet of Things.

 

Engineers at Stanford University have developed what’s been described as an “ant-sized radio” that could allow two-way communication between any electronic device. Capable of operating at 24 billion cycles per second the chip, which is one tenth the size of a WiFi antenna, costs only pennies to produce. While being small and inexpensive are certainly boons for this type of device, designers admit that one of its most appealing characteristics is that it needs no external power. In fact, according to Stanford, the new chip is so “energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna – no batteries required.”

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Being able to control devices remotely could be key to achieving better personal energy efficiency and changing the way we interact with technology. In the distant future connected devices could also be a training ground for weak AI systems where domestic duties like making coffee and running the dishwasher could be triggered by actions like turning on the shower or dimming the lights for bed.

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Home Energy Management: 2012 Status Report

Home Energy Management: 2012 Status Report | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Home energy management in 2012, like every other year, finds us somewhere between the Flintstones and the Jetsons. There are nationwide television commercials that show a mom remotely turning on kitchen lights for her child using her smart phone. Two-way smart thermostats that can be controlled via the internet fly off store shelves. But dishwashers and refrigerators are hardly communicating with a utility to turn themselves on when energy is cheapest.

Progress is slow and steady in the home energy management and connected home industry. But mostly slow. Companies with solid analytics that can offer immediate savings to utilities without having to spend too much saw progress in 2012. But the notion of a home area network still seems like the Jetsons. The internet of things just hasn’t quite made it to the average home.

Greentech Media
Katherine Tweed
17 Dec 2012
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Quite a few examples in this report worth perusing if you're interested in smart grid developments.

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A Tiny Ten Year Battery For The Internet Of Things

A Tiny Ten Year Battery For The Internet Of Things | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Just as protocol standards needed to be established for the Internet to really take off, so must standards be established for what many are calling the next technology revolution: the Internet of Things.


Weightless is an organization made up of over 50 tech companies around the world whose goal is to establish standards for wireless, machine to machine (M2M) short to mid-range communication over a wide area network (WAN). Three major standards that Weightless wants to establish are chipsets that cost less than $2, have a range of up to 10km, and have a battery life of 10 years. The life-extension technology for the batteries doesn’t exist just yet, but Neul, the UK wireless network company that will provide the chipset, says it has a “roadmap” for the 10-year battery life.


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Energy Harvesting Market - Global Forecast & Analysis (2012 - 2017) - Military & Aerospace Electronics

Energy Harvesting Market - Global Forecast & Analysis (2012 - 2017) - Military & Aerospace Electronics | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Energy harvesting is the process of collecting the ambient energy from the surroundings like light, heat, vibration, and electromagnetic radiation, and converting it into usable electrical energy for power portable electrical devices; this can be done without using the batteries. This technology efficiently collects the ambient energy that we usually discard and merits a lot of attention. It is also known as energy scavenging or power scavenging. Energy harvesting market covers the various sources of energy harvesting that are used by the energy harvesting technologies.


This report describes the different energy harvesting technologies such as light energy harvesting, thermoelectric, vibration, electromagnetic, fluid, motion, and other types like RF and bio energy harvesting. In the overall market for energy harvesting, light harvesting contributes for the largest percentage share, due to the availability of huge source of solar energy. This report forecasts the energy harvesting technologies market from 2012 to 2017.

 

The report :http://bit.ly/ScijQd

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Too many obstacles to 'smart homes' anytime soon: Pew Research

A lot of the elements of the much-anticipated “smart home” will be arriving on the scene by 2020, but the idea of a very smart, well-connected house may still be quite a ways off. That’s the takeaway from a new survey of 1,021 Internet experts, researchers, observers, and critics, released by the Pew Research Center. Respondents are fairly evenly split between those who agreed that energy- and money-saving "smart systems" will be significantly closer to reality in people's homes by 2020 and those who said such homes will still remain a “marketing mirage.”


Some 51% agreed with the statement that by 2020, “the connected household has become a model of efficiency, as people are able to manage consumption of resources (electricity, water, food, even bandwidth) in ways that place less of a burden on the environment while saving households money.”


via SmartPlanet.com (blog)


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The Internet of things: Smart houses, smart traffic, smart health

In the same way as we put ID chips on products, we can attach sensors to ourselves and allow them to communicate via the Web to other objects around us. The health service is currently testing sensors on elderly patients living at home. The sensors can monitor pulse and blood pressure.


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Major changes in the energy sector in recent years mean that the need for smart, flexible energy is increasing, and that energy production and storage facilities will have to become more coordinated. Current methods mean that our electricity is supplied by large, commercial energy companies from coal, gas and nuclear power stations.


So far, these centrally controlled systems have not needed to communicate much with the outside world. In the future, however, distributed energy sources provided by multiple suppliers will take over. These sources will come from renewable energy such as hydro, wind and solar.

 

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Norwegians are in favour of the service, since we think that the environment and saving energy are important. Americans, on the other hand, are sceptical: 'Are the energy companies going to see inside my fridge?!' With a box on the wall, information will flow both ways, but exactly what data will go out?

 

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Electric cars will be able to connect to the smart future grid. Each car will contain a unique identifying SIM/MIM card, like the card in your mobile.


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When vehicles and road infrastructure come online and communicate with each other, the range of opportunities will be enormous. When your car is connected to the Internet of Traffic, you will be able to receive information about everything that is happening around you. How many other cars are on the road? Which is the quickest route, taking traffic into account, and how fast should you drive if you want the next traffic light to be on green?

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Tiny, energy-scavenging generators could have big impact

Tiny, energy-scavenging generators could have big impact | Web of Things | Scoop.it

They're far from the only ones working on tiny, energy-harvesting generators, but a group of researchers from the University of Michigan may well be farther along than most.


Unlike some similar devices, their generator is able to scavenge even the slightest bits of energy from arbitrary, non-periodic vibrations in everything from bridges to the human body.


That may not add up to a huge amount of energy, but the researchers say the generators are able to scrape together enough to keep a wrist watch or a wireless sensor running, or potentially power even a pacemaker by the person's own body movements.


Of course, the device likely won't be powering anything beyond the lab anytime soon -- the researchers are still going through various prototypes using different types of energy conversion, and are naturally working to patent it as well.

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TV as thin as a sheet of paper? Printable flexible electronics just became easier with stable electrodes

TV as thin as a sheet of paper? Printable flexible electronics just became easier with stable electrodes | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Researchers have introduced what appears to be a universal technique to reduce the work function of a conductor. Their use in printable electronics can pave the way for lower cost and more flexible devices.
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How can a smart grid help with peak oil?

How can a smart grid help with peak oil? | Web of Things | Scoop.it

The idea behind a smart grid is this: an “internet of things” that connects all the parts of our energy infrastructure — coal-fired power plants, wind farms, homes and businesses (with or without solar panels), cars and more — can help them all work together more efficiently, effectively and automatically.

 

The idea behind peak oil is this: globally, discoveries and production of oil — a finite resource — are bound to reach a peak at some point, after which the amount of petroleum we can pump out of the ground goes into a gradual (or not) decline.

 

The connection is obvious: anything that can make our use of energy more efficient is critical if our energy supplies can no longer grow enough to meet demand.

 

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The economics of energy saving - The National

The economics of energy saving - The National | Web of Things | Scoop.it

... The third application is in the day-to-day operation of a city. Once a sustainable city is built, the tool will be able to provide an accurate "live" model of its energy use, continuously analysing energy consumption data from all metered points within the city.

 

That model could then be used for forecasting, benchmarking, fault detection and diagnosis as well as continuous improvement of the demand-side energy performance.

 

Working hand in hand with the smart grid, that would allow us to "close the loop" and automate city processes. And that kind of convergence of the real and the virtual worlds would truly be an embodiment of the "internet of things" imagined by pioneering researchers as long ago as the 1980s.

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Shaping supply chain sustainability with the Internet of things

Shaping supply chain sustainability with the Internet of things | Web of Things | Scoop.it

To hear Gavin Starks tell it, the premise for the AMEE platform grew from several simple -- but vastly ambitious -- questions.

 

The first, recalled the founder and chair of the firm, was: "How might we footprint everything on earth?"

 

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"From my perspective," Starks said, "the Internet of Things is a technology looking for purpose, and to me sustainability is a purpose." Toward that end, he said, AMEE hopes to be a "catalyzer for change by providing a better set of tools."

 

By Leslie Guevarra - GreenBiz.com

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'Smart' cities aim to predict -- and manage -- traffic future

'Smart' cities aim to predict -- and manage -- traffic future | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"Look at what IBM is currently doing in the Chinese city of Zhenjiang. Using its Intelligent Operations Center for Smarter Cities, Big Blue aims to help the city of three million use analytics to not only enable real-time bus monitoring and management, but to simulate traffic flow patterns ahead of time. By anticipating traffic problems before they happen, IBM’s Intelligent Transportation technology is designed to improve the city’s public transit system and “increase traffic throughput” … in other words, make it possible for more traffic to flow through streets without the need to build more roads or otherwise radically change the existing infrastructure."

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Zonoff wants to make your iPad the remote control for your entire home

Zonoff wants to make your iPad the remote control for your entire home | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Zonoff is a platform that creates a network of all of your household objects so they can interact with the Internet and each other. This means blinds that automatically adjust to the sun’s position when the TV is turned on or a security system that is smart enough to text you when someone enters your front door.


The concept of connecting our homes to the web, often called the “Internet of Things,” is a growing trend says Mike Harris (Zonhoff CEO). Yet there’s not a system to make it easy on hardware makers.

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These Are The Killer Apps That Will Make 'The Internet Of Things' Indispensable In Everyday Life

These Are The Killer Apps That Will Make 'The Internet Of Things' Indispensable In Everyday Life | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Here are some of the devices and applications that will be implemented at the consumer and civic level that we think will make the Internet of Things, or IOT, a critically important part of our daily lives:

Kitchen and home appliances  such as refrigerators, washers and dryers, and coffee makers that can keep track of when the milk is out and let you know when the clothes are dry.

 

Lighting and heating products , including bulbs, thermostats, and air conditioners that maximize energy efficiency.

 

Safety and security monitoring devices such as baby and assisted living monitoring systems, smoke detectors, fire hydrants, cameras, sensor-equipped drawers and safes, and home alarm systems. 

 

Health and fitness products that measure exercise, steps, sleep, weight, blood pressure, and other statistics.

 

Intelligent traffic management systems , including toll-taking operations, congestion penalties, and smart parking-space management.

 

Waste management systems , such as garbage cans and recycle bins with RFID tags that allow sanitation staff to see when garbage has been put out."Pay as you throw programs" are also likely to decrease garbage waste and increase recycling efforts.

 

Industrial uses , including Internet-managed assembly lines, connected factories, and warehouses, etc.

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Doormat is not just a doormat

Doormat is not just a doormat | Web of Things | Scoop.it
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.
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Dragonfly spy drone technology could make data centers more green

Dragonfly spy drone technology could make data centers more green | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Tiny ribbons that generate electricity when flexed and flex when stimulated with electricity have been developed to flap the wings of mechanical dragonfly spy drones, but the technology can also find uses ranging from powering iPods and cell phones...


Tiny ribbons that generate electricity when flexed and flex when stimulated with electricity have been developed to flap the wings of mechanical dragonfly spy drones, but the technology can also find uses ranging from powering iPods and cell phones to charging batteries by converting to electricity the vibration of devices deployed in data centers. (...)


Researchers at Princeton University have embedded these brittle ribbons in silicone rubber, allowing them to flex and also protect them from environments where they might be deployed, such as in shoes - to capture mechanical energy as people walk in them - or implanted within humans - to capture the motion of lungs to power pacemakers. (...)


Power generation using the PZT ribbons is similar to solar cells except that solar cells require sunshine. "Here you need to continuously generate motion to power things," he says. PZT is also more efficient than solar cells, which capture 25% of the energy they absorb. PZT captures 80%, McAlpine says.

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ARM forms M2M supergroup in Cambridge

ARM forms M2M supergroup in Cambridge | Web of Things | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things represents a big opportunity to drive growth for both UK and worldwide economies. According to IMS Research, governments will play a key role in defining the regulations that will propel shipments for M2M communications modules to more than 118 million units by 2016, especially in the automotive sector.

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The first forum will meet on August 24 in the UK and will be chaired by Gary Atkinson, who leads the Internet of Things initiative at ARM.

 

“In the next five years, over £2.4 billion will be spent in the UK on smart home energy management devices, ranging from smart meters themselves to in-home devices that are connected to them. This is a great example of an Internet of Things application, but is only a fraction of the market that will open up over the next 15-20 years,” said Atkinson.

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The Internet of Things: how it'll revolutionise your devices

The Internet of Things: how it'll revolutionise your devices | Web of Things | Scoop.it
The age of the machines has arrived. We discover how the Internet of Things is changing how our gadgets behave.


It is suggested that consumers will be interested in "passive environmental monitoring, remote management and connectivity to everything" because it's is faster, cheaper and better."


Impacts on transportation are described:


"Is a city's free rent-a-bike scheme being used? Stick a RFID chip on the handlebars and someone can plot exactly where those bikes go, when, and who with. At night streetlights could switch on only when a car approaches – thus saving electricity – but more impressively, data could be collected to map urban travel patterns."


A Cisco-powered concept called U.Life is being developed as a global template in New Songdo City, 40 miles south of Seoul in South Korea.  The

city wide wired broadband network allows its 60,000 residents to use their smartphones, tablets and other touchscreen devices to control their homes' heating, lighting and air-con.  

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Walk and charge your mobile or laptop for free.

Walk and charge your mobile or laptop for free. | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Piezoelectric can generate voltages can generate voltages up to 1.26volt and can produce or even higher voltages. This is a key step to designing technology that will be useful in the near future. Every move you make every step you can generate electricity. The power output could quickly jump high enough to power laptop and cell phones.

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Leaf-Mimicking Solar Cells Generate 47% More Electricity

Leaf-Mimicking Solar Cells Generate 47% More Electricity | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Plastic solar cells are tough, flexible, bendable and cheap. They have a wide-range of potential applications, but their biggest downfall is that they're much less efficient than conventional silicon cells. A team at UCLA was recently able to achieve an efficiency of 10.6 percent, which put the cells into the 10 - 15 percent efficiency range considered necessary for commercialization. The Princeton teams expects that their leaf-mimicking design could push that efficiency even further because the method can be applied to almost any plastic material.

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Nanotechnologies for the Textile Market

Nanotechnologies for the Textile Market | Web of Things | Scoop.it

With over a billion Bluetooth enabled devices on the market, ranging from smartphones to set top boxes, and new technologies such as energy scavenging or piezoelectric energy generation being made possible by the use of nanotechnologies , there are opportunities for the textile industry in new markets ranging from consumer electronics to medical diagnostics.

 

'It's a perfect storm" added Tim Harper, "the availability of new materials such as graphene, the huge leaps being made in organic electronics, and the move towards the Internet of Things is blurring the divide between textiles and electronic devices. When two trillion dollar markets collide there will be lots of disruption and plenty of opportunities."

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China starts to build core network system of Internet of Things

... In addition to the food and medicine safety data platform, other first-class special platforms of the core network of the "Internet of Things" include platforms of the environmental protection, water conservancy, electric power, shipping, logistics, education, production safety monitoring, civil administration of the community, intelligent city, vehicle network, industrial equipment operation monitoring, digital television and smart household appliances.

 

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Qualcomm Atheros joins Internet of Things with tiny comms chip

Qualcomm Atheros joins Internet of Things with tiny comms chip | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Qualcomm Atheros has jumped onto the Internet of Things bandwagon with a new chipset, the AR4100P, intended to give your washing machine, lighting and just about anything else a direct line to the web.

 

Qualcomm Atheros calls its line-up of products for the segment its “Internet of Everything portfolio” and expects it to find buyers among smart energy providers, those creating products for the “intelligent home”, in security and building automation, for remote health and wellness monitoring, and more.

 

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CIA Chief: We’ll Spy on You Through Your Dishwasher

CIA Chief: We’ll Spy on You Through Your Dishwasher | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, Petraeus mused about the emergence of an “Internet of Things” — that is, wired devices — at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm. “‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus enthused, “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”

 

All those new online devices are a treasure trove of data if you’re a “person of interest” to the spy community. Once upon a time, spies had to place a bug in your chandelier to hear your conversation. With the rise of the “smart home,” you’d be sending tagged, geolocated data that a spy agency can intercept in real time when you use the lighting app on your phone to adjust your living room’s ambiance.

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Wireless company probing "Internet of Things" for utilities

The number of connected objects is projected to reach 50 billion by 2020. Despite this, and the fact that the Internet of Things is viewed as a major driver of new service and business revenues, IoT has traditionally been held back by a lack of data sharing.


"For example, data from smart meters or road traffic surveillance cameras are used for one isolated application and not available for general use," said Graham Fisher, the Cambridge Wireless board member managing the project. "The future is a ‘converged IoT' world where real value can be obtained by sharing data and creating a sustainable marketplace for innovative applications and services."

 

via - FierceEnergy

 

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