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Welcoming plants to the Web of Thing

Welcoming plants to the Web of Thing | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Researchers are wiring plants to harness their intelligence and use them as organic biosensors.

 

"Italian researchers are building a network of connected "cyborg" plants (plantborgs? cyplants? cyberflora?) to use as organic biosensors. The plants are embedded with a tiny electronic device to monitor things like pollution levels, overuse of chemicals, temperature, parasites, acid rain, and communicate the data through a wireless network back to the lab."

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"Those roots sprawling out through the ground and branches reaching up into the sky are plants' eyes and ears, constantly monitoring natural chemical and physical stimuli to survive—that intelligence is why plants have been able to adapt and evolve on Earth for so many millennia, Vitaletti explains. Plants give off an electrical signal when they interact with environmental stimuli, and now scientists want to analyze those signals to glean insights from the cybernetic flora."

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DVICE: Throwable camera sensor acts as a smartphone-controlled scout

DVICE: Throwable camera sensor acts as a smartphone-controlled scout | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Created by Bounce Imaging, the tennis ball-sized device is equipped with six cameras that allow it to send back a 360-degree view of its environment. Those cameras can take up to 2 photos per second, after which the images are sent back to the user's smartphone. The device is also fitted with sensors that give it the ability to send back environmental data such as temperature and the presence of dangerous gases. According to the company's founder, Francisco Aguilar, future versions of the device will also feature a Geiger counter, offering data on radioactivity levels in environments such as damaged nuclear plants.


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The world's first city for robots | Green Futures Magazine

The world's first city for robots | Green Futures Magazine | Web of Things | Scoop.it

A science project of unprecedented scale begins this month in the New Mexico desert, as a technology firm breaks ground for a model metropolis. Washington-based Pegasus Global Holdings will build a town replete with schools, parks and an airport.

 

But the intended residents are not people, but robots.

 

Scheduled to open in 2015, the Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation, or CITE, will be built across 20 square miles to the scale of a mid-sized American city. With housing and infrastructure to accommodate 35,000 people, the $1 billion plan features both old and new elements of urban and suburban design, from LEED-certified office buildings to 1980s-era ‘McMansions’.


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Virginia Tech: RoboJelly

Researchers at Virginia Tech and the University of Texas at Dallas built Robojelly from materials known as shape-memory alloys, which return to their original shape when bent. Eight moving segments wrapped in carbon nanotubes and coated with a platinum powder replicate the jellyfish's natural opening-and-closing method of propulsion.

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Oakland Getting First Urban Network of CO2 Sensors - Environment - GOOD

Oakland Getting First Urban Network of CO2 Sensors - Environment - GOOD | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Oakland's extensive network of CO2 detectors should help us figure out whether California's new cap-and-trade system is working.


It is called The BEACON network and many of the senors are to be placed on the roofs of local schools, "in an effort to get students thinking about CO2 and its effects on the climate." - @ddrrnt

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The internet of things: how connected devices can drive sustainability

The internet of things: how connected devices can drive sustainability | Web of Things | Scoop.it

... let's imagine how objects with connected online identities can actually drive sustainability. Imagine a portfolio of household good products – your laundry detergent and your dishwater – communicating with you to give a personal record that can help reduce water and energy use. Or imagine medical devices like glucose monitors that come with dietary advice and medicines that provide online side-effect alerts and tests. Or wine and spirits bottles that provide not just terroir history and cocktail tips but also personalised healthy drinking advice.

 

Established peer-to-peer services like AirBnB and the US private car sharing/rental company Relay Rides already point to how connected objects can promote sustainability. In the case of Relay Rides, subscribers who need access to cars but don't want to own a vehicle rent other people's private cars on a journey-by-journey basis. Now spin that model forward to multiple shared ownership of a single vehicle equipped with a digital identity connected to all the owners. The vehicle becomes the hub of an online network that allows, for example, four different owners, to effectively share that one car.

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New Deforestation and Logging Tracker Reveals Tree Loss in South America in (Almost) Real-Time

New Deforestation and Logging Tracker Reveals Tree Loss in South America in (Almost) Real-Time | Web of Things | Scoop.it
A new tracking system for deforestation and logging uses satellite imagery and on-the-ground processing to display data on tree loss in close to real-time.
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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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The intangible assets of the Internet of Things

The intangible assets of the Internet of Things | Web of Things | Scoop.it

With its Smarter Planet Initiative, IBM anticipates the endgame for the Internet of Things (IoT). Its researchers envision a global electronic nervous system, with trillions of individual sensors monitoring the status of everything of interest to humans and streaming the resultant exabytes of data to cloud-based cluster supercomputers that extract the ultimate value from the data using analytics software modeled on the human mind.

 

Picture the Watson AI that last year beat human champions at “Jeopardy,” but on a planetary scale.

 

“The emergence of the Internet of Things has created such a flood of data that only state-of-the-art information technology can gather, filter, order and interrogate the resulting, massive data set, generically called Big Data, “ said Bernie Meyerson, an IBM fellow and vice president of innovation at IBM Research. “The ability to then employ analytics on Big Data in a given field—be that health care, transportation, energy or other Smarter Planet endeavors—promises new insights and routes to optimization benefiting everyone.”

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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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How the Internet of things could make the world safer and greener

How the Internet of things could make the world safer and greener | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"If everything is traceable, that means that we’ll be more aware of the entire life cycle of our stuff — even once we’ve given it up willingly.

 

This means that when, say, the laptop bag you gave to Goodwill ultimately ends up in the landfill a few weeks later (like a reported 40 percent of things that go to Goodwill do) it will be hard to ignore your role in polluting the world. The old green axiom of “You can’t throw anything away, because there is no such thing as away” will become very real to everyone.""

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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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IoT Takes Off Bottom-Up

IoT Takes Off Bottom-Up | Web of Things | Scoop.it

The Open Source movement has generated a counter culture of technically clever people, some within traditional business and others not, but who are at the least the equals of those in many corporations. This movement did not go away, as many predicted in the 1980s but has produced a couple of generations of freer thinkers than many corporate environments would like.


That is shifting to Open Hardware. And to the clever application of interlinked sensor devices to take applications like technically robust environmental monitoring down to the citizen level.  (...)


With hordes of independent individuals taking radiation readings and sending the real time data streams the true scale and intensities of the damage were published immediately for all to see, upstaging the authorities (see report here).


Many of these groups are using Cosm's open API platform for sharing real time data streams from sensors. The scale and range of measurements publicly available for all to see is large and growing - see for yourself here. Cosm - formerly Pachube - is a case of a great British idea that ended up going to a US company.


The Air Quality Egg Initiative, for example, as well as MeetUp groups in Madrid, Amsterdam and New York and elsewhere, are currently looking to take environmental measurements using low cost sensor devices that are being adopted and adapted in the community. They are not loking to take “tick-box” measurements but socially relevant ones.



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Interactive, Open Source Kite Project Gets Beijing Locals to Monitor Air Quality

Interactive, Open Source Kite Project Gets Beijing Locals to Monitor Air Quality | Web of Things | Scoop.it

In August, the designers organized a series of workshops in Beijing instructing participants in the building and deployment of their own air-sensing kites using simple materials and open-source tech:


Using a combination of DIY electronics workshops and group kite flights, residents became engaged in the process of air quality monitoring for themselves, as well as seeing the data visually through LEDs, as well as stored data on SD cards. These modules use Arduino and are relatively easy to put together; workshops with local residents focused on talking about urban air quality, soldering and assembling the modules, as well as attaching them to kites.


The LEDs on the hand-built kites are programmed to indicate air quality with different colours; green being the best and pink being the worst. Data was interactively mapped in real-time using geolocation; the idea is to light up the sky with a squad of sensor kites that will give a general sense of how good or bad the air pollution is -- and to collect and parse the data in one place.


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Dot the Connections: The Future of the Internet of Things | Broadband for America

Dot the Connections: The Future of the Internet of Things | Broadband for America | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Between 2011 and 2020 the number of connected devices globally will grow from 9 billion to 24 billion, according to The Connected Life: A USD4.5 trillion global impact in 2020. In this new report, R “Ray” Wang, a Forbes contributor, discusses the possibility of devices connected to, communicating through, and building relationships on the Internet. Over the next decade, Mr. Wang envisions:

 

Sensors will be even more ubiquitous. For instance, the camera at the traffic light and overseeing the freeway; those are sensors. That new bump in the parking space and new box on the street lamp; those are sensors. From listening for gun shots to monitoring a chicken coop, sensors are cropping up in every area of your life.

 

Machine to Machine [M2M] relationships will generate connected data that will affect many aspects of your life. Connected Data will be used to fine-tune predictives that will prevent crimes, anticipate your next purchase and take over control of your car to avoid traffic jams. The nascent form of this is already happening: Los Angeles and Santa Cruz police are using PredPol to predict & prevent crimes; location-aware ads popping up in your favorite smartphone apps; and Nevada and California are giving driver licenses to robotic cars.

 

Sustainability isn’t only about saving the planet. It’s also about saving money. Saving the planet, reducing dependence on polluting energy sources and reducing waste in landfills are all good things, but they aren’t part of the fiduciary responsibilities of most executives. However, Smart Buildings, recycling & composting, and Green IT all increase a company’s bottom line – all aspects of being a successful executive.

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High-Tech Outerwear Designed to Fight Air Pollution

High-Tech Outerwear Designed to Fight Air Pollution | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Behold, the ultimate in green fashion: a jacket that identifies and cleanses foul air.


The Netherlands-based design house Nieuwe Heren's urban security suit, named the "aegis parka."

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Disruptor of the Day: Joshua Smith – A Researcher on The Cutting Edge of Sensor Technology [Q&A]

Sensors are everywhere around us from smartphone touchscreens to elevator buttons to thermostats. These sensor devices, which receive and respond to a signal, are a linchpin of the so-called “Internet of Things.” As they become smaller, cheaper and require less power they are being deployed in more places that we encounter every day — whether we are aware of it or not.

 

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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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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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Plants 'talk' to owners via app

Plants 'talk' to owners via app | Web of Things | Scoop.it

For those who are not naturally green-fingered, the idea of a talking plant may be very appealing.


Now a wi-fi sensor promises to help keep plants alive, alerting owners when their plants need water, light and food.


The sensor gathers data such as soil moisture, temperature and light intensity from plants.


The data is analysed and detailed care instructions sent to the owner via either a web-based or smartphone app.


The device is the brainchild of a Swiss firm, Koubachi, named to sound like Tamagotchi, the digital "pets" that were all the rage in the 1990s.


"The Koubachi wi-fi plant sensor is the first device ever that enables real-time monitoring of a plant's vitality," says Philipp Bolliger, chief executive officer and inventor of Koubachi.


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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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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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Bacteria sensors could halve the cost of desalinated water

The cost of desalinated water could be cut by almost half using new wireless bacteria sensors, according to the technology’s creators.

 

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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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