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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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RFID – The saviour of retail?

RFID – The saviour of retail? | Web of Things | Scoop.it

An innovative idea from the Burberry flagship store in London:


"Clothing is fitted with chips which are automatically recognised by screens and mirrors using radio-frequency identification technology. So, when a customer walks into a changing room, carrying a dress, the mirrors respond by showing images of how it was worn on the catwalk, or details of how it was made. This reflects the way that items are displayed online, with suggestions of similar products, or accessories to match… it’s this kind of attention to detail – going above and beyond that give the customer satisfaction, that really is the bricks and mortar of retail."


by Sally Ellis |  Unit4 UK & Ireland Blog

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When Wireless Sensors Meet Big Data

When Wireless Sensors Meet Big Data | Web of Things | Scoop.it

They're in vending machines, parking meters, home security systems, and even healthcare devices for the elderly. They are wireless sensors, a key component of the burgeoning machine-to-machine (M2M) industry where devices use wired and wireless connections to communicate with each other. Though far from new, M2M technology is expanding its reach at a dramatic rate.

 

M2M connections will grow to 2.1 billion by 2021, up from roughly 100 million last year, according to research firm Analysis Mason. The dramatic growth of global smartphone usage is a major factor in M2M's popularity, of course, as are industrial applications in the transportation, emergency services, security, and retail sectors.

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Dual RFID-ZigBee sensors to enable NFC applications for the Internet of Things | ECN: Electronic Component News

Zaragoza, Spain-based Libelium has launched a new RFID/NFC module for its Waspmote sensor platform. The new radio module extends Waspmote features allowing the sensor data to be used in Location Based Services (LBS), such as asset tracking, supply chain monitoring, intelligent shopping or access management.

 

By using RFID/NFC (passive sensors) along with ZigBee (active sensors), Libelium says asset tracking can be more accurate than ever along the whole supply chain process. Product management software such as ERPs will have access in real time to information related to remaining stock, storage and transportation conditions (temperature and humidity levels, vibrations, light exposure, etc), expiration dates and even consumer profiles, knowing time spent in front of a shelf or products picked up and not bought.

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Printed Sensors Could Help Save You From Spoiled Food

Printed Sensors Could Help Save You From Spoiled Food | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Thinfilm’s first-gen sensors will be able to cache data about the object itself, on the item itself. In this case, the sensors will record data concerning the object’s temperature history, tracking precise time, temperature and exposure information, and also displaying it in a low-power readout. The data within can be accessed as needed, insomuch it doesn’t need to be retrieved from the cloud, or require a constant wireless connection.

 

In the past, we’ve seen thin food sensors that change color as food begins to spoil. But this type of technology doesn’t retain data, and thus doesn’t provide information about the history of a product as it shipped.

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Research and Markets: Australia - Telstra - Analysis of the Telstra Transition -

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.

 

via The Next Phase | Benzinga.com

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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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EyeSee You and the Internet of Things: Watching You While You Shop

EyeSee You and the Internet of Things: Watching You While You Shop | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Even the store mannequins have gotten in on the gig. According to the Washington Post, mannequins in some high-end boutiques are now being outfitted with cameras that utilize facial recognition technology. A small camera embedded in the eye of an otherwise normal looking mannequin allows storekeepers to keep track of the age, gender and race of all their customers. This information is then used to personally tailor the shopping experience to those coming in and out of their stores. As the Washington Post report notes, “a clothier introduced a children’s line after the dummy showed that kids made up more than half its mid-afternoon traffic… Another store found that a third of visitors using one of its doors after 4 p.m. were Asian, prompting it to place Chinese-speaking staff members by that entrance.”

At $5,072 a pop, these EyeSee mannequins come with a steep price tag, but for storeowners who want to know more—a lot more—about their customers, they’re the perfect tool, able to sit innocently at store entrances and windows, leaving shoppers oblivious to their hidden cameras. Italian mannequin maker Almax SpA, manufacturer of the EyeSee mannequins, is currently working on adding ears to the mannequins, allowing them to record people’s comments in order to further tailor the shopping experience.
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Fill 'Er Up! Coffee Mugs Get Connected with RFID

Fill 'Er Up! Coffee Mugs Get Connected with RFID | Web of Things | Scoop.it

A company called Smug Coffee has created what it says is the world's first smart mug, or "smug." Instead of opting for wasteful plastic cups, coffee drinkers can instead buy a special mug with embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) chips that store account information and purchase habits.

 

http://www.smugcoffee.com/

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Are You Ready for the Machine-to-Machine Revolution? - Forbes

Are You Ready for the Machine-to-Machine Revolution? - Forbes | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Imagine a refrigerated cabinet or vending machine able to communicate its state, announcing if it is powered on, at the right temperature, well stocked, with the right product mix, at the right location, how shoppers interact with it, if it is due for routine maintenance and so on.

 

Now imagine millions of such machines worldwide, adding up to a sizeable business for a company. Imagine each machine offering shoppers the ability to pay for the product in multiple smart ways through other devices (smart phones, smart cards, touch screen, etc). Imagine the enterprise being able to remotely and dynamically tune the machine with advertising, pricing, promotions, bundling, language and currency. Imagine the machine tailoring an offer to a shopper that it recognizes as a loyal customer (if the shopper allows it).

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Tacocopter Aims To Deliver Tacos Using Unmanned Drone Helicopters

Tacocopter Aims To Deliver Tacos Using Unmanned Drone Helicopters | Web of Things | Scoop.it
The Internet is going wild for Tacocopter, perhaps the next great startup out of Silicon Valley, which boasts a business plan that combines four of the most prominent touchstones of modern America: tacos, helicopters, robots and laziness.
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The Top 10 Strategic Technologies For 2012 @PSFK

The Top 10 Strategic Technologies For 2012 @PSFK | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"Internet of Things: Yes, this has been optimistically discussed (and demonstrated) for some time. But in 2012 and beyond, it’s expected to approach a more scalable tipping point. Some of the key technologies that will fuel the growth of connected objects include a) sensors embedded in devices, places and objects to detect and communicate changes in various conditions b) image recognition to identify objects, people, buildings, places logos, and anything with meaning c) Near Field Communication (NFC) payment facilitated between phone and reader to improve speed of service, and understanding of customer’s preferences and behavior.

via PSFK: http://www.psfk.com/2011/11/the-top-10-strategic-technologies-for-2012.html#ixzz1hByIigwe"

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Where objects talk and humans watch

"Given how connected the world would become, shoelaces could talk to wardrobes, cars could set appointments with mechanics themselves, and stores could tell you what would be appropriate for you, based on your past purchase preferences."

 

"Analysts predict the phenomenon to gain widespread attention within the next few years, and the world to be ‘taken over’ in just a decade. Soon enough, IoT-related privacy will become an issue and the inevitable threat of hackers will emerge (in a connected world, they could be infinitely more dangerous than in The Net)."

 

via DAWN.COM Blog

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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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