The Internet of Things is one of those buzzy phrases that has driven technology and business since it was first coined nearly two decades ago. Usually it’s applied to urban areas where the idea is that your refrigerator, pantry, and grocery cart might all be able to wirelessly share data. But applying the Internet of Things outside of cities poses special challenges—and potentially even greater rewards.
How the ‘Internet of Everyday Things’ could turn any product into a service
Imagine a near future where there will be a wireless sensor on the bottom of every shampoo, detergent, and medication container. It will tell you how much product is left and trigger a replacement order once it gets to 10% full or approaches its expiration date.
Now imagine a future laundry detergent dispenser that is connected wirelessly to sensors in the washing machine and can mix multiple channels of active ingredients dynamically to suit the conditions of the wash and optimize the cleaning process. This type of intelligent, personalized experience is not possible today, but it will be commonplace in the “Internet of Everyday Things” in which low-cost, even disposable products …
How Connected Cars Have Established A New Ecosystem Powered By IoT
Not long ago, after you bought a new vehicle, the manufacturer had very little contact with you for years until it was time to sell you another car. The Internet of Things is changing all that. The IoT-enabled “connected car” turns the vehicle itself into a hub for an entire ecosystem of connected services that offer consumers a wealth of benefits including enhanced safety and…
Researchers show a machine learning network for connected devices
Researchers at Ohio State University have developed a method for building a machine learning algorithm from data gathered from a variety of connected devices. There are two cool things about their…
Smart locks, smart thermostats, smart cars — you’ve probably heard some of these terms lately, and you’re going to hear them even more as the year goes on. But what are these things exactly — and what makes them so smart?
These devices are all part of an emerging category called the Internet of Things, or IoT for short.
Are We the “Things” in the Internet of Things?
January 9, 2015Along with revealing a host of curved, pixel-packed televisions at CES 2015, Boo-Keun Yoon, President and CEO of Samsung, made a bold commitment to deepen the reach of the Internet of Things. He promised that by 2017, 90% of all Samsung products will be IoT ready, including all televisions and mobile devices. He also pledged to combine the potential created by the union of sensors and wireless with that fabled missing ingredient: purpose.“The Internet of Things will only be successful if products are designed with purpose.” That’s something Thomas Wendt wrote in a UXM article from last year. For an example of an object with distinct purpose, he turns to philosopher…
IoT has finally hit the mainstream. Now what?
The internet of things (IoT) was officially anointed the next big thing at this year’s CES. No more ghost town in the South Hall: Now it’s standing-room only keynotes, celebrity endorsements, nearly a…
Samsung Is Betting Its Entire Future On The ‘Internet Of Things’
Samsung’s future products will focus exclusively on the “Internet of Things” — the idea that everyday, household products are connected to the internet and able to communicate with one another. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Showcase opening keynote, the company announced that 90% of all Samsung devices will focus on the “Internet of Things” movement by 2017. Five years from now, all of Samsung’s products will fall into that category. The “Internet of Things” has been a big buzzword in the tech industry for the past few years, but we have yet to see mass adoption of connected-home products. But, if giant companies like Samsung are betting big on this trend, perhaps we’ll see real, practical use cases that make it seem more like a necessity than a convenience.
A startup wants to build a trading platform for sensor data
A startup out of Las Vegas is trying to capitalize on a very difficult, and potentially very lucrative, opportunity within the internet of things. The company, called Terbine, wants to become a data broker for the world of connected devices by building a platform where companies can buy, sell and share the data their sensors are collecting.
Terbine is still very young — the company has just raised seed funding from a firm called Incapture Group — but founder and CEO David Knight has big plans. He’s looking at everything from billboards to drones, from shipping vessels to satellites, as potential sources for a massive database of information about what’s happening in the physical world. He thinks companies will pay big money to able to monitor pedestrian traffic in key markets thousands of miles away, for example, or to identify the potential closure of shipping lanes because of an oil spill long before it’s being reported.
The Internet Of Things Is Reaching Escape Velocity
The frenzy around the Internet of Things (IoT) should be reaching its final countdown. There has been a period of extraordinary activity in the IoT space since this original attempt at charting the ecosystem for TechCrunch. While the Internet of Things will inevitably ride the ups and downs of inflated hype and unmet expectations, at this stage there’s no putting the genie back in the…