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Ninja Blocks: Connect Your World With the Web

Ninja Blocks: Connect Your World With the Web | Web of Things | Scoop.it

The idea behind Ninja Blocks is to make it possible to connect a series of sensors to the web without any serious electronic skills or programming experience. You plug in the Ninja Block, add sensors and output to the Web or to other real-world devices. Welcome to the Internet of Things.

 

With a built-in accelerometer and thermometer, a Ninja Block can sense its environment out of the box. With additional external sensors, Ninja Blocks can sense current, humidity, motion, distance, sound, light and even capture video. Output can be to web services such as Twitter, Facebook or Dropbox; or to lights, motors, and other actuators through expansion ports. So without being an electronics whiz you can have your house tell you how warm it is, be tweeted when the doorbell goes, receive an SMS when your child plays on the Xbox. The possibilities seem to be limited mostly by the user’s imagination. And it’s all wonderfully open-source, so it can be extended almost indefinitely.

 

via Wierd.com/geekdad [view source to see video]

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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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Future business

Future business | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Human knowledge doubled every century until the 1900s, says David Evans (technology giant Cisco’s resident futurist), but nowadays it is every two to three years. Some 70 per cent of all information has been created since the internet began. In 50 years’ time, he says, 95 per cent of everything humans know will have been discovered in those 50 years. The 21st century will be the equivalent to 20,000 years of human progress. The internet is becoming an internet of things. Somewhere between 2008 and 2009, we crossed a line where there were more connected devices online than people. We have about two devices per person now, he says, and in the next decade that will rise to seven. By the end of the decade, there will be 50 billion “things” online – things that can communicate with each other.

 

Or with us. There’s already a pill that contains a tiny chip that can give feedback about the inside of the patient to a physician, he says.

 

With all these objects and devices, we’ll be creating massive amounts of information – the latest term of measurement needed to enable people to talk about such amounts is the zettabyte, a data equivalent of the content of a stack of books stretching from the Earth to Pluto . . . 20 times, he says.

 

by KARLIN LILLINGTON - The Irish Times - Fri, Feb 24, 2012

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How Evrythng could give any physical object a life online

How Evrythng could give any physical object a life online | Web of Things | Scoop.it
What will you be able to do with it?

 

Via their online presences, Evrythng-enabled objects will be able to have all sorts of data associated with them, whether entered manually or updated automatically via sensors attached to the objects themselves.

 

Examples? As Evrythng’s own site suggests:

 

“Your Nikon D90 might, with your permission, suggest times and place to get the best photos: “19th November looks like a clear night with a full moon– go to the foot of Tate Britain at 7.15 for the perfect night shot of St. Paul’s Cathedral…

 

“Perhaps your sunburst Gibson Custom ES-330L (not just that type of guitar, but yours specifically) could let you specify the band you’d like to form and then connect you with other musicians near you who are at the same level of ability and play the other instruments in that band’s line-up.

 

“This data could also integrate with 3rd party apps – like a special deal with a bus company to do a tour of Devon for a group of Muse fans with Manson guitars like Matt Bellamy.”

 

http://evrythng.com/

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Wireless company probing "Internet of Things" for utilities

The number of connected objects is projected to reach 50 billion by 2020. Despite this, and the fact that the Internet of Things is viewed as a major driver of new service and business revenues, IoT has traditionally been held back by a lack of data sharing.


"For example, data from smart meters or road traffic surveillance cameras are used for one isolated application and not available for general use," said Graham Fisher, the Cambridge Wireless board member managing the project. "The future is a ‘converged IoT' world where real value can be obtained by sharing data and creating a sustainable marketplace for innovative applications and services."

 

via - FierceEnergy

 

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Ericsson envisions connected “Thinking Cities”

Ericsson envisions connected “Thinking Cities” | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Just yesterday we talked about Evrythng pushing for “The Internet of Things” involving the digital interconnectedness of all physical objects around us, well Ericsson has long had an even grander vision applied to growing urban areas in what the company calls its Networked Society Project. Recently, they’ve delved deeper into this initiative with a new video called “Thinking Cities” to show the potential beauty of information and communication technology when deeply woven into cities backed by positive motives.

 

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Google looking to challenge Microsoft and Apple with home entertainment system

Google looking to challenge Microsoft and Apple with home entertainment system | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Eventually, Google will want to have a device that does more than control entertainemt, but also the entire home. Remember the Android@Home initiative? Google has said that this was the first step into "the internet of things." During a demonstration, Google showcased a tablet that could control lights and music around the house. Google said its aim was to let a range of devices "discover, connect, and communicate" with each other. "We want to think of every appliance in your home as a potential I/O device."

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Cisco visionary highlights the top IT trends of the coming decade

Cisco visionary highlights the top IT trends of the coming decade | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Presenting a keynote at the Cisco Live event this week, Cisco's chief futurist Dave Evans highlighted how there are already more devices connected to the internet than people using it, which he described as the Internet of Things.

 

"There are around 10 billion connected devices now, with up to 50 billion expected by 2020. That's almost seven devices per person."


He enthused that within a decade the entire planet will be covered by high-speed wireless connectivity, and that this networking capability is crucial to the functioning and utility of these devices.

 

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On the Internet of Things: IBM Tracks Your Pork From Farm to Fork. Starting with China

On the Internet of Things: IBM Tracks Your Pork From Farm to Fork. Starting with China | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"IBM has set out to prove it can revolutionize the food industry with data, starting with China. Six industrial slaughterhouses and 100 markets in Shandong Province are part of a large scale test in tracking pork from farm to customer. Pigs are marked with ear tags containing unique barcodes, those same barcodes appear on the bins that carry their meat during processing, and on the packages for the pork placed in stores. In the near term, IBM hopes that knowing the history of every piece of meat will enable fast and super accurate recalls in case of contamination. Eventually, this kind of comprehensive tracking could help farmers keep pigs healthier, improve the quality of meat after it is cut, and even place a picture on the store package of the exact pig made into that pork product. Knowledge is power in this new take on the supply chain."

 

via Singularity Hub

 

@ddrrnt - maybe China and the rest of us should quit eating pork.   

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PARTICIPATORY SENSING 1/4 – the data-citizen driven city

PARTICIPATORY SENSING 1/4 – the data-citizen driven city | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"Using open source technologies, like Arduino-based sensor units or mobile apps, data-citizens will be able to gather their own real-time data regarding issues they are really concerned about, such as air quality, noise levels, street deficiencies, plagues, etc. All data will be shared in open public repositories, like Pachube, available for everyone. Long term data archival will allow citizens to gain a better understanding of the urban environment and to improve their daily personal habits."


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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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Weaving electronics into the fabric of our physical world

“With these non-conventional materials you have a great deal of freedom. We believe this approach to circuitry in substrates will lead to the creation of smart substances, and once you start thinking about the possible applications, it’s hard to stop: surgeon’s gloves with smart skin, walls of a house that store energy and generate large-scale displays, magazines with interactive video in the pages, devices that dissolve the toxins in water, bio-interfaces in mobile phones with diagnostic capabilities, clothing that generates energy – the possibilities are endless!”

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TI spurs Internet of Things with easy-embed WiFi chip

TI spurs Internet of Things with easy-embed WiFi chip | Web of Things | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things drive, where every electronic device can communicate with each other in a mesh of digital linkery, continues to gather pace, with Texas INstruments unveiling a low-cost embedded WiFi chipset targeting everyday gadgets.

 

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Machines may say: move over doctor

M2M uses a device (a surface or implanted sensor) to capture an event (e.g., BP, blood sugar, ECG) which is relayed to an application (software programme) that translates the captured event into meaningful information. This information is then analysed by an Artificial Intelligent System (AIS) reviewed by a physician and instructions for corrective measures (e.g., release of appropriate insulin from implanted pump) are sent.

 

The H2M interaction is possible today without a mouse, keyboard or touch screen. Gesture-based computing (MicrosoftKinect) is already being used by physically challenged patients. Unique virtual reality activities and simulated tasks using gestures are more exciting than traditional physiotherapy regimes. At present, an automatic blood analyser gives a printout of various tests on scores of patients. It is possible to instruct the analyser to directly send abnormal results through SMS to the primary consultant, an e.g. of M2H (machine to human) interaction. In “the Brave New World” these results can be sent automatically along with clinical data to an AIS which, in turn, would recommend appropriate action with a cc to a human.

 

Surface or embedded devices can send details of calorie consumption or sleep patterns to help consumers tailor their habits. A medical alert pendant can, in the case of patient incapacity due to a fall, pacemaker failure, etc, automatically inform a response centre from where a PC with AI (artificial intelligence) will contact the nearest ambulance.

 

via The Hindu : Opinion

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Boston Testing App for Auto-Detecting Potholes

Boston Testing App for Auto-Detecting Potholes | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Street Bump automatically transmits the presence of rough roads to city workers, helping improve the timeliness of road repairs.

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Difference Engine: Wireless’s colliding worlds

Difference Engine: Wireless’s colliding worlds | Web of Things | Scoop.it

At Rice University in Houston, Texas, home to the first residential Super Wi-Fi network, white-space is used to carry data back from a series of conventional Wi-Fi routers scattered around the campus. In the future, white space will have other, more prosaic applications—such as linking machines autonomously to other machines in a so-called “internet of things”.

 

via The Economist

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'Smart' cities aim to predict -- and manage -- traffic future

'Smart' cities aim to predict -- and manage -- traffic future | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"Look at what IBM is currently doing in the Chinese city of Zhenjiang. Using its Intelligent Operations Center for Smarter Cities, Big Blue aims to help the city of three million use analytics to not only enable real-time bus monitoring and management, but to simulate traffic flow patterns ahead of time. By anticipating traffic problems before they happen, IBM’s Intelligent Transportation technology is designed to improve the city’s public transit system and “increase traffic throughput” … in other words, make it possible for more traffic to flow through streets without the need to build more roads or otherwise radically change the existing infrastructure."

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Love Paper All Over Again With Two Adorably Tiny Printers

Love Paper All Over Again With Two Adorably Tiny Printers | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Tiny printers converging with the Web of Things.

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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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"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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Zonoff wants to make your iPad the remote control for your entire home

Zonoff wants to make your iPad the remote control for your entire home | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Zonoff is a platform that creates a network of all of your household objects so they can interact with the Internet and each other. This means blinds that automatically adjust to the sun’s position when the TV is turned on or a security system that is smart enough to text you when someone enters your front door.


The concept of connecting our homes to the web, often called the “Internet of Things,” is a growing trend says Mike Harris (Zonhoff CEO). Yet there’s not a system to make it easy on hardware makers.

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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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Things in the Brain

Things in the Brain | Web of Things | Scoop.it

We are not things.  

 

We are beings.

Explore our sister site:
http://www.scoop.it/t/augmented-reality-the-internet-of-beings-things 

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Smart tag lets you print electronics on plastic

Smart tag lets you print electronics on plastic | Web of Things | Scoop.it
ThinFilm Electronics says it has assembled the pieces for a simple printed-on-plastic computing device with processing power, memory, and display that will enable 'smart objects' and an Internet of things.
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'A new forensics': adapting to changing digital crimes

'A new forensics': adapting to changing digital crimes | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"The number of wireless devices continues to grow into a large ‘Internet of things’. When searching a desk, we now have to grab the desktop computer but also look out for USB drives disguised as pens, digital cameras disguised as tissue boxes and a myriad of MP3 players, smart phones and other devices. Never has there been so much data and so many different ways to hide it."

 

- SMT Online - Security industry news and information

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