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How wirelessly connecting objects to the Internet can help organisations anticipate change.
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The Intelligent Wood Project

The Intelligent Wood Project | Web of Things | Scoop.it

The Frauenhofer Institute, which is not something from a Mel Brooks movie, developed this wood-based tag to be used in the forest industry, tracking timber for inventory control. Calling it the “Intelligent Wood Project” the institute used lignin, the “resin-like polymer” created during the process of extracting the cellulose fibers from wood, and paper to create a new type of RFID tag. The only part that has remained standard was the very small amount of metal in the antennae.

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Windows8 Embedded Helps make the Internet of Things Possible

Windows8 Embedded Helps make the Internet of Things Possible | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Windows8 Embedded Helps make the Internet of Things Possible...

 

"This idea of cheap and plentiful network-connected embedded devices has been called the “Internet of things,” meaning the system that does online detection of offline objects and their physical properties. Although it has been predicted for many years, such an Internet of things may actually take hold now in part due to cloud computing services like Microsoft Azure.

 

So for instance, owners of vending machines, could benefit by embedding the machines with processors and connecting them to a network. A small system embedded inside a machine can keep a tally of which snacks or other items are being sold. With Windows8, the system would be able to provide other information that could keep a vibrant inventory, increase sales. and get a running tally of all the snacks being sold across all the machines."

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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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ShelfX Unveils Store Shelves for Automating Purchases

ShelfX Unveils Store Shelves for Automating Purchases | Web of Things | Scoop.it
The system, slated for supermarket pilots, will weigh products, determine what has been removed, and automatically charge a customer based on that person's RFID-enabled loyalty card or wristband.

 

photo is of Ran Margalit, ShelfX's founder and CEO

via RFID Journal 

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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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Electronic tagging system could replace barcodes

Electronic tagging system could replace barcodes | Web of Things | Scoop.it

A team from Imec’s Holst Center in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, has developed a high-performance radio frequency identification (RFID) tag that could be cheaply mass-produced and prevents data transfer from being interrupted.

 

The researchers believe their technology could be crucial to the development of cheap, high-performance RFID.

 

‘Item-level tagging could allow vendors to implement automatic billing and inventory management,’ Kris Myny, an organic circuitry researcher at Imec, told The Engineer.

 

‘On top of these applications, such RFID tags could be integrated with sensors for smart RFID tags. In this way, they could be integrated into food packaging to provide customers with information on freshness or characteristics of this product.’

 

via The Engineer

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Goggleless augmented reality

Goggleless augmented reality | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"The Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab (MERL) has combined RFID, photo sensors and portable projectors to make a goggle free augmented reality system. Ok, this time in plain english... it's a flash light that shows you information about whatever the light is shining on. Currently being demonstrated at SIGGRAPH 2004, it's intended use is for inventory tracking, but the possibilities are pretty far reaching."

 

via RFIDbuzz.com

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Lord & Taylor Tags Shoes, Boosts Sales

Lord & Taylor Tags Shoes, Boosts Sales | Web of Things | Scoop.it
By attaching EPC Gen 2 RFID tags to shoes displayed on its sales floor, the retailer can ensure that customers can see every shoe style it sells.

 

via RFID Journal

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