Month: February 2015

Intel’s Internet of Things Strategy Comes Out Swinging in 2015 | The Motley Fool

Over the past year, the company’s been on an IoT tear. Towards the end of 2013, Intel purchased Basis Science and released a new smart watch under the brand. And just a few months ago the company announced a partnership with Opening Ceremony to help make its high-end wearable tech bracelet. On top of that, Intel’s chips now power a set of SMS Audio smart headphones and the company recently partnered with Accenture, Dell, SAP, and others to make a new Internet of Things platform.

Connected spaces: the next step for the internet of things | Media Network | The Guardian – Next-gen tech
Connected spaces: the next step for the internet of things
The internet of things is too screen-focused. To be truly revolutionary, machines must link up to make our environments work harder for us
Xbox’s Kinect system is an example of how IoT can be used to create more connected spaces. Photograph: Graham Turner/Guardian
Anthony Baker
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Throughout 2014, the internet of things (IoT) was undeniably one of the most popular and widely discussed topics in our industry. Manufacturers, companies, brands and agencies have been exploring its merits and pitfalls, trying to decipher what it means for the digital industry and for society as a whole. CES 2015 fuelled the trend even further. Everyone wants to know where the next big disruption is going to happen, and how to capitalise on it.
The basic principle behind IoT is to connect every possible electronic device to the existing internet infrastructure. The goal is to allow “things” to tap into the unlimited resources of the world wide web, making them smarter and more useful. Beyond that, it means creating a huge amount of new data gathering points – data coming in from virtually everywhere.
According to Gartner and ABI research , there will be around 26 to 30 billion devices wirelessly connected to the internet by 2020 (some sources putting the number closer to 50 billion). That’s a lot of data being harvested from devices spread across the world.
In theory, IoT makes a lot of sense. It is easy to imagine how bringing a myriad of sensors and appliances online can produce many benefits: in our homes, workplaces and cities, resulting in new functionality at our fingertips. Nest’s Thermostat and Smoke Detector , or wearable smart wristbands like Nike’s FuelBand or Jawbone’s Fitness Trackers are good examples of IoT devices that already exist.
Related: The internet of things is as important as the world wide web
Microsoft has been working for years on the concept of the connected living room with its Kinect and Xbox devices. Even more ambitious, Apple’s HomeKit and Healthkit , and Google’s Fit , aim to create connected device ecosystems to change the way we manage and share data. And there are already connected city initiatives deployed in Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Helsinki and Singapore striving to collect, manage and share data about the local environment, security, transport and finances.
The range of devices primed for connectivity is huge. But there is a catch.
The current IoT approach is fine for mobile interaction behaviours, but it’s not going to change the fundamental way we interact with the digital environment. It still counts on the mobile device and the digital screen in general. It’s still replicating behaviours that we have adopted and now see as normal. These interactions still require us to rely on screen interfaces, to trigger actions, to tap here or there, to load this site or application.
But the connectivity concept resonates way beyond the mobile device and the digital screen; it transcends all kind of environments: body, home, city, industry and the environment. If we chose, the connectivity phenomenon could take us to a far more interesting place: connected spaces.
Consider everything that can be connected in a space: it’s far more than connecting wearable devices and phones to a few gadgets or screens. It is about a fundamental change in the information flow direction. Most of us have some kind of device, most of them with some level of connectivity capability. Environments can detect our devices and react to them on many different levels. The more connected spaces are, the more information is available, and so ​devices can react better, faster and more accurately.
The beauty about this fundamentally different way of thinking about connectivity, is that it makes our environments, our urban spaces, work harder for us. It can power completely new ways to interact with our environment; interactions that go beyond the screen, wearables and simple connected “things”.
Connected spaces can truly change the way we interact with our world. As the intersection between the digital and the physical continues to blur, our environments could really start to create more accurate, engaging and useful experiences. Buildings detecting our presence, querying our phones for details we want to publicly share, tapping into public services and welcoming us with the right information.

Patience, IoT Is the New “Electronic”

The Internet of Things is not about the things or even the platform the same way we thought about motors or microprocessors. The big winners in IoT will be thinking about an entirely different future, not just connecting to things we already use today in ways we already use them.

Learning by Shipping

photoThe “Internet of Things” or IoT is cool.  I know this because everyone tells everyone else how cool it is. Ask anyone and they will give you their own definition of what IoT means and why it is cool. That’s proof we are using a buzzword or are in a hype-cycle.

Much is at stake to benefit from, contribute to, or even control this next, next-generation of computing. If a company benefitted from 300 million PCs a year, that’s quite cool. If another company benefitted from 1 billion smartphones a year, then that’s pretty cool.

You know what is really cool, benefitting from 75 billion devices. That certainly explains the enthusiasm for the catch phrase.

Missing out on this wave is uncool. Just take a look at the CNBC screen shot to the left. That’s what we talked about in the Digital Innovation class at HBS last week and what motivated this post.

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Super Bowl: Internet of Things Makes the Super Bowl Shoppable | DC Inno

The Super Bowl halftime show will be a high-tech shopping experience this year thanks to the Internet of Things and social media. Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz may be upstaged by the “Hyped for Halftime” show that will let people buy what they see on their screen as they appear using smart TVs and Twitter.