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Om Malik: What the internet of things can learn from Minecraft and Lemmings

Once we have a home full of connected devices do we really want to individually manage all of them? Mike Kuniavsky, a principal in the Innovation Services Group at PARC, explains in this weeks podcast how we’re going to have to think differently about programming devices for the internet of things. Devices will need to know what they contain and how those elements might contribute to a certain scenario in the home.

 

For example when you want to watch a movie, you shouldn’t have to program 6 different devices in your home to tell them what they should do when you toggle on your movie setting, your devices should have some sense of what they are capable of and how to enter a set mode. As he did in his chat in February at our San Francisco Internet of Things meetup, Kuniavsky, likened this device behavior to video games like Minecraft or Lemmings, where preset general behaviors determines how the game unfolded as opposed to rigid and specific actions. He explains all this and more in the podcast. Check it out.

 

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This Tiny Gizmo Could Be A Very Big Deal In 2013 - And Beyond

This Tiny Gizmo Could Be A Very Big Deal In 2013 - And Beyond | Web of Things | Scoop.it
A $70 gizmo from Leap Motion could change the way we interact with computers - and eventually, lots of other things, too.


Wired called this "the best gesture-control system we've ever tested." The Verge called it "the next big thing in computing."


Leap Motion has already received preorders worth tens of millions of dollars, says Andy Miller, the company’s president and COO. (...)


Because Leap Motion has big plans. Laptops and desktops are just the start. “The consumer is side a way of getting it out there, but the bigger business might be licensing deals,” Miller says. “We have been contacted by thousands of businesses that want to use this.”


He reels off potential applications that range from robotic surgery to fighter jets, from semiconductor clean rooms to fast-food restaurant kitchens. “We’ve talked about seatback screens on planes,” he says. “Climate control systems. Set-top boxes and TVs and remote controls. Tablets. MRIs.”


McDonald’s and Jack in the Box like the idea of putting Leap Motion controllers in their kitchens so that workers can manipulate screens without having to touch them.


Others want to use Leap Motion in casinos, nightclubs and DJ booths to let people control huge video boards.


“This is a big thing that really could change the way we interact with devices,” Miller says.


Dan Lyons / read write 

24 Dec 2012



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Smartphone-triggered pet feeder connects to social media

Smartphone-triggered pet feeder connects to social media | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Hook your pets up with a high-tech feeding solution. The Pintofeed watches portions, automatically serves up meals, and texts feeding alerts to the owner.


(...) Pintofeed can send notifications of feeding start times, portions, feeding end times, and errors via e-mail, text, Twitter, and Facebook. That's right, your pet's food bowl could also be your Facebook buddy.


Read this article by Amanda Kooser on CNET.


can you say, QUANTIFIED CAT??


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In ‘Robot & Frank,’ Technology of the Not-So-Distant Future on Display

In ‘Robot & Frank,’ Technology of the Not-So-Distant Future on Display | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Who hasn’t given a phone an affectionate pat, made room for it at the dinner table, nestled with a laptop in bed or frantically searched for a device gone AWOL, heart racing until its shiny little body is located and stashed somewhere safe? And this is before our devices can carry our groceries, bake us cakes and plant intricate vegetable gardens, as Frank’s helper does in the film. What will our relationships with devices and software look like in the future?

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“People have embraced the convenience of technology, but I don’t know that the average person understands the potential of the data that is being aggregated through our devices,” said Barbara Kahn, a professor of marketing at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. “The enormity of it is amazing. This is just the first wave. The next step is the Internet of things. It’s not just GPS knowing where I am, it’ll be devices knowing what I’m doing.”

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Heads-On: MindWave Lets You Control Mobile Games With Brain Waves

Heads-On: MindWave Lets You Control Mobile Games With Brain Waves | Web of Things | Scoop.it

The Mindwave Mobile Brainwave Headset is a $130 EEG headset that’s compatible with iOS devices, Android phones, and, yes, even desktop computers. The headset measures brainwaves from your forehead — changes in electrical activity, really — which it then filters with complex algorithms to eliminate any interference from other electronic sources, and narrow down what those brainwaves really mean. Currently, the system can detect concentration, meditation and blinks, and uses these cues to control simple iOS and Android games.

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P.A.U.S.E.S. — the Physical Autonomous Ubiquitous Social Engagement System

In a not too distant future where both objects and people are networked, and continually maintaining one’s online persona is of paramount importance, a new technology has emerged: systems that monitor our actions, interpret them and inform the the world about the important activities we are engaged in.

 

P.A.U.S.E.S. (the Physical Autonomous Ubiquitous Social Engagement System) is the world’s leading provider of this emergent technology.

 

Your P.A.U.S.E.S. device monitors your behavior and interactions, automatically generating a ‘micro-status’. This ‘micro-status’ is then displayed on your chest unit, as well as published to your online social profiles, sharing essential information with those in your physical and virtual vicinity.

 

Read more about the project here: mdp.lifeforms.ie/project/pauses/

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PYGMY robot ring enhances human-robot interaction

PYGMY robot ring enhances human-robot interaction | Web of Things | Scoop.it

The PYGMY robot ring was recently presented by Masayasu Ogata (Anzai Imai Lab) at the Interaction 2012 Conference in Tokyo last week, where the PYGMY robot rings are able to express emotion and enhance interaction through the activation of a small display solenoid or servo attached to the ring. The ring display uncannily looks like a blinking eye, and can be controlled remotely thanks to a special controller, although there is always the old standby of a smartphone application.

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Oakley eyes augmented reality kit

Oakley eyes augmented reality kit | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Augmented reality glasses targeted at athletes are being researched by glasses maker Oakley, the firm's boss confirms.

 

Augmented reality glasses targeted at athletes and other sportsmen and women are being developed by Oakley.

 

The business's chief executive told Bloomberg that the firm had been working on the project for 15 years and had filed about 600 related patents.


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Commission consults on rules for the ‘Internet of Things’

Realising the enormous economic and societal potential of the IoT requires a level playing field where all players can compete on an equal footing, without gate keepers and locked-in users.

 

Its societal acceptance requires the definition of an ethical and legal framework, supported by technology and providing people with control and security.

 

Through the consultation, the Commission is seeking views on privacy, safety and security, security of critical IoT supported infrastructure, ethics, interoperability, governance and standards.

 

The Internet of today offers access to content and information through connection to web pages from multiple terminals like PCs, smart phones or TVs.

 

The next evolution will make it possible to access information related to the physical environment through connected objects capable of sensing the environment and communicating through smart chips using Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) with or without human intervention.

 

by Enterprise Europe Network

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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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Samsung unveils its own ‘Internet of Things’

Samsung unveils its own ‘Internet of Things’ | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Samsung is bringing built-in Wi-Fi to many of its upcoming consumer products, creating an 'Internet of things' within its brand.
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Google looking to challenge Microsoft and Apple with home entertainment system

Google looking to challenge Microsoft and Apple with home entertainment system | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Eventually, Google will want to have a device that does more than control entertainemt, but also the entire home. Remember the Android@Home initiative? Google has said that this was the first step into "the internet of things." During a demonstration, Google showcased a tablet that could control lights and music around the house. Google said its aim was to let a range of devices "discover, connect, and communicate" with each other. "We want to think of every appliance in your home as a potential I/O device."

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IBM Next 5 in 5: 2011

IBM unveils its sixth annual "Next 5 in 5" -- a list of innovations with the potential to change the way people work, live and play over the next five years....
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The internet of things: an elephant in the room that threatens to squash us

The internet of things: an elephant in the room that threatens to squash us | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Andy Hobsbawm's (one of the founders of the business EVRYTHNG) business gives me a headache quite quickly as I struggle to imagine the implications of the humungous data generated by everything we touch. And then there's the data generated by mixing up the data with other data in order to create more data that predicts the future and reshapes our existence. Got that? Just a little scary, yes?

 

I don't mind my bike or my fridge talking about my habits but the implications of underwear or individual deodorants having their own Facebook page, or the web-of-things equivalent, is mind-boggling. What if - oh dear, how embarrassing - you don't appear to have a deodorant life? Too much information or not enough, either way as we become even more defined by our consumption this could get vicious. I can sense a lobby forming to say our rights are being eroded in ways that go way beyond what Google's done to us so far.

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Meet KUBI: A Telepresence Rig That Works Like Your Neck

Kubi means “neck” in Japanese and that’s just what this new telepresence product is supposed to reproduce.


This rig, designed to work with any tablet, essentially creates a user-controlled pivoting system that allows the person you are video-calling to control the position, angle, and rotation of the tablet camera.


It’s not amazingly complex nor is it completely mobile, facts that make Kubi far more interesting for, say, a small office or conference room. Controlling Kubi’s neck, the caller can look around the room, tilt the camera up and down, and keep the camera and tablet a safe distance from the proceedings. As a parent, I’d see Kubi being useful when talking with the family. Rather than one kid hogging the iPad, I could control my position remotely and see everyone in the room from a slight distance.


They’re selling pre-orders on the device for $200 on Indiegogo and are looking for funding of $200,000. I doubt it will be difficult.


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Digital Bottle Cap Augurs The Internet Of Alcohol-Based Things

Digital Bottle Cap Augurs The Internet Of Alcohol-Based Things | Web of Things | Scoop.it

London-based Work Club’s latest project offers a chance to start an evening out on the town with friends with, quite literally, a bang.


London-based Work Club’s latest project offers a chance to start an evening out on the town with friends with, quite literally, a bang. The digital agency’s new work for Strongbow Gold Cider is a digitally connected bottle cap called StartCap which when flipped becomes a trigger for something to happen--anything from automatically checking you into Foursquare to activating a spotlight or firing a glitter cannon.

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New Tech Turns Your House Plant Into A Touch Controller | Earthtechling

New Tech Turns Your House Plant Into A Touch Controller | Earthtechling | Web of Things | Scoop.it

New developments from Disney Research reveal that soon, controlling our electronics may be as simple as touching a nearby house plant, or better yet, a part of your own body. The Pittsburgh-based arm of the entertainment giant is working on a new system called Touché that some say will do away with touch screen electronics.

 

Video : http://youtu.be/EcRSKEIucjk

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Dooming scenario

Dooming scenario | Web of Things | Scoop.it

In another scenario, where we can recognize a seamless network “of things” (Rob Van Kranenbrug, Internet of Things) – of cars, of cities, of washing machines communicating – the idea is to leave this network open, and not enclosed in the hands of one middleman, one government, or one or two states (and Moglen will use examples of USA and China), that can choose to act in their un-wisdom. Moglen argues, in a dooming scenario where big data is collected about each citizen, that “we need to reposses the web away from the man in the middle.” Otherwise, our memories will become inferior to this “big data” because what is collected will not be forgotten. “Media consumes us”, he concludes, “watching us watching it,” and the freedom of thought may be lost forever if there wasn't anyone left running free software, securing free (un-surveilled) media, leaving the seamless network – open.

 

In my view, the central question was revolving around the ways of securing our own autonomy[...]

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New Scientist TV: Bubble-blowing gun connects email to real world

New Scientist TV: Bubble-blowing gun connects email to real world | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Ever wish you could interact with your emails in a more tangible way? Designer Ted Hayes from Limina Studio in New York has come up with a creative way of making it possible: by linking his inbox to a toy gun that blows soap bubbles each time he gets an email. "I like the idea of physically manifesting otherwise ephemeral electronic information," he says. "I thought it would be fun to have a kind of magical indicator of the arrival of new email which is otherwise rather banal."

 

The simple project is just one example of a growing movement to connect physical objects to the web, creating an "Internet of things". Electronics hobbyists have already built more complex systems, such as an automated network in a home that allows lights, gates and doors to be controlled from a web site.

 

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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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Trackers embedded in athlete’s apparel provide live in-game data for coaches

Trackers embedded in athlete’s apparel provide live in-game data for coaches | Web of Things | Scoop.it
adidas is to trial its miCoach system at the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, with team coaches able to monitor athlete performance on tablet devices.

 

miCoach is a suite of devices and software built into sports apparel that monitors the performance of athletes — such as heart rate, movement and goal achievements — in real time while they are training or in competition. Hardware includes the SPEED_CELL — a device which can be attached to the bottom of footwear to give data on speed, pace and distance, the HEART RATE MONITOR and the PACER Bundle, which monitors cardio performance and provides post-workout analysis.


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Photos from the frontier: The Internet of Things

Photos from the frontier: The Internet of Things | Web of Things | Scoop.it

The devices are appearing where once no semiconductors were found, in everything from hydraulic pumps to wristwatches, board games and bandages. Indeed the apps frontier is almost comically diverse.

 

In a keynote at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year Ralph de la Vega, chief executive of AT&T, talked about wireless sensor networks measuring both the moisture content of farm fields to automate irrigation systems and the fullness of dumpsters to calculate the most efficient routes for garbage trucks.

 

“If you think about our future think trash, think dirt—there’s money there,” he quipped.

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A 'Facebook of things' could give appliances their own social presence (Wired UK)

A 'Facebook of things' could give appliances their own social presence (Wired UK) | Web of Things | Scoop.it

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."

 

 

 

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Koubachi plant sensor is finally available!!

Koubachi plant sensor is finally available!! | Web of Things | Scoop.it
I know we covered them not so long ago, but our friends from Koubachi finally released their first product a few days back, it's live finally and available! They have even already covered on Techcrunch and Gizmondo!

 

For 148$, give your plant a voice and get one of these: http://www.koubachi.com/

 

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Who Will Control the Internet of Things?

"Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL ) filed a patent at the tail end of 2009 dubbed "Local Device Awareness," which describes automated connections between a number of close-range devices. Some potential applications could be device position targeting (think locating your keys) or proximity-based gaming."

 

"If Apple's patent seems overly broad, patent hoarder InterDigital (Nasdaq: IDCC ) has gone for specificity. It holds some 33 known patents covering machine-to-machine communication." 

 

"Motorola and Google seem to be behind in patents, with only one highly technical machine-to-machine patent showing up for Motorola Mobility, and none for Google. But as you'll soon see, the two companies might be hoping for a more open environment."

 

"IBM sees the Internet of things as a source of growth, and it recognizes that the best way to capitalize is to make it easy to adopt. Keeping the underlying framework open-source will undoubtedly improve competition and encourage startups, much as the growth of the public Internet led to an explosion of newly public companies. Let's hope that the growth of this new industry isn't hampered by patents, but we should also be wary of any new bubbles that might inflate."

 

via The Motley Fool

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