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No Longer Vaporware: The Internet of Things Is Finally Talking

No Longer Vaporware: The Internet of Things Is Finally Talking | Web of Things | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things is the long-prophesied phenomenon of everyday devices talking to one another—and us—online, creating new behaviors and efficiencies. It turned out to be vaporware.

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The rise of the machines has begun: Steve Sande’s household fan is now self-aware. Sande, a Colorado-based tech writer, had noticed that his cat, Ruby, was suffering on hot summer days. His house doesn’t have air-conditioning, and he wasn’t always around to turn on the fan.

So Sande bought a new gizmo called the WeMo Switch, which connects to the Internet so you can turn on an outlet remotely. It’s also programmable. Using the free web service If This Then That, Sande created a script that monitors information from Yahoo Weather. If the temperature in his neighborhood hits 85 degrees, the fan turns itself on and cools the house. “This entire thing,” he says, “revolves around a 17-year-old cat.”

I love this story, because it illustrates something fascinating: The Internet of Things is finally arriving—and it’s bubbling up from the grassroots.

The Internet of Things is the long-prophesied phenomenon of everyday devices talking to one another—and us—online, creating odd new behaviors and efficiencies. Fridges that order food when you’re almost out of butter! Houses that sense when you’re gone and power down!

Back in the ’90s, big companies built systems to do tricks like this, but they were expensive, hard to use, and vendor-specific. The hype eventually boiled away. The Internet of Things turned out to be vaporware.

Until the past few years, that is, when the landscape shifted from below.


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Energy Harvesting Market - Global Forecast & Analysis (2012 - 2017) - Military & Aerospace Electronics

Energy Harvesting Market - Global Forecast & Analysis (2012 - 2017) - Military & Aerospace Electronics | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Energy harvesting is the process of collecting the ambient energy from the surroundings like light, heat, vibration, and electromagnetic radiation, and converting it into usable electrical energy for power portable electrical devices; this can be done without using the batteries. This technology efficiently collects the ambient energy that we usually discard and merits a lot of attention. It is also known as energy scavenging or power scavenging. Energy harvesting market covers the various sources of energy harvesting that are used by the energy harvesting technologies.


This report describes the different energy harvesting technologies such as light energy harvesting, thermoelectric, vibration, electromagnetic, fluid, motion, and other types like RF and bio energy harvesting. In the overall market for energy harvesting, light harvesting contributes for the largest percentage share, due to the availability of huge source of solar energy. This report forecasts the energy harvesting technologies market from 2012 to 2017.

 

The report :http://bit.ly/ScijQd

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The emergence of a “global brain”

The emergence of a “global brain” | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Yuri Milner is one of the savviest technology thinkers in the world; he was a pioneering investor in Facebook, a bet that was wildly vindicated last week.

 

Milner has a presentation in which he describes the nine most important changes in the world today. Three of them are about what Arthur has dubbed the second economy: the rise of what Milner calls “the Internet of things,” or the machine-to-machine economy; the growing power of artificial intelligence; and the emergence of a “global brain,” which is the network of all of the people and the machines in the world and their connections to one another.

 

Rise of the machines - by Chystina Freeland

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Eight technological trends driving the "next-generation banking model"

Mr Chandra Gnanasambandan of McKinsey and Company claims eight technological trends are driving the "next-generation banking model" including: "cloud computing, big data and analytics, social media, mobility and online, mobile commerce, Internet of things, collaboration and co-creation."

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The Internet of Things: A Boom for Hosting » Data Center Knowledge

The Internet of Things: A Boom for Hosting » Data Center Knowledge | Web of Things | Scoop.it
The “Internet of Things” will transform the hosting and data center industries, generating a tidal wave of data that will prompt companies to enlist third-party providers to help them manage it, according to analyst Rachel Chalmers.


An ‘Inflection Point’ Ahead

Even greater opportunities lie ahead, said Chalmers, driven by the proliferation of Internet-enabled devices, known as the Internet of Things.


“There’s an inflection point coming that will dramatically raise the stakes and rewards,” said Chalmers. “Every single (enterprise) is in the process of redefining themselves as an information company. We believe hosting and managed services providers stand to be the main beneficiaries of this trend.”


The trend has begin in earnest with smartphones, but will accelerate as more devices and sensors become web-enabled and share data to help companies understand consumer behavior and business trends.


Mobile as a Precursor Market

“The Internet of mobile devices is already here,” said Chalmers. “There is a far bigger constellation of end points on the horizon. The numbers are poised to explode. We deeply believe that mobile is a precursor market for the Internet of things.”


The volume of data generated by all those devices will test the existing infrastructure for many enterprises, Chalmers said.

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Andrew Fisher: Humanising the Internet of Things

Andrew Fisher: "What happens when web connected, physical devices are so cheap that the hardware is disposable? What happens when a smart device can be handed out for free with a Happy Meal or as part of conference schwag? As yet we don’t quite know where this will go, but those who have web thinking in their core DNA and who can also become skilled in designing and building physical things will architect new products and services. This will redefine whole product segments across toys, wellness, and health care all the way down to changing our relationships with ownership and the way we understand our physical environment. The web of things for me is about the humanisation of the web, bringing it into our physical spaces and things; in order to enhance them both. This trend is just in it’s beginning, but the effects it will have on our physical world and the way we interact with it will be profound."

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"Identifying, Sensing, and Communicating"

"Identifying, Sensing, and Communicating" | Web of Things | Scoop.it

From smart TVs to transparent smart windows, more and more devices are connected to the Internet and deliver and track data. Calling the concept the “Internet of Things,” Gartner reports that while the vision has existed for years, “there has been an acceleration in the number and types of things that are being connected and in the technologies for identifying, sensing and communicating.” 

 

2012: The Year of Acceleration | Forbes

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