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How wirelessly connecting objects to the Internet can help organisations anticipate change.
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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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The internet of things and yet another revolution

The internet of things and yet another revolution | Web of Things | Scoop.it
The "internet of things" is viewed as the next big thing, but when will it allow people to create their own stuff, asks Russell M Davies.

 

"I always think the people behind the internet of things have a goal of making the world more efficient and controlled, whereas the hardware people, the hacking people, their goal is to make the world a bit more magic."

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Raspberry Pi, and enabling tinkerers

"The internet of things doesn’t come from some giant company blessing your washing machine with a finicky protocol that only talks to their servers and feeds you data though their portal. It comes from millions of geeks everywhere doing it themselves because its just recently become cheap enough and easy enough. Communities form and open protocols develop. The marketplace keeps the whole community loosely united and Andriod explodes into, well, everything. Its a great big ball of win."

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