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From Chris Anderson Google+ :

After a decade of hearing about “the Internet of things”, where everything will have an IP address, I’m starting to finally believe it. What’s changed? The Open Hardware movement, which is doing for connected devices what the Web did for information.

The old vision of the Internet of Things came to us from the likes of Cisco and Nokia, which were trying to promote end-to-end connected device standards (that used their gear, natch). Think of that as the ‘Information Superhighway” era of the net, those days in the early 90s when the wired future was going to be brought to us by AT&T and Cablevision.

The new vision is more akin to the Web, which was brought to us by, well, us. The engineers agreed on some basic open standards — HTTP, HTML, TCP/IP — and we did all the rest, creating the Web with our own ideas, uses and creativity.

Today, the new Internet of Things model is based on simple open standards: Arduino, WiFi and Web APIs. The model is open innovation and community creation. And the devices are being created by regular people with their own needs, not big companies.

Look around your house. Everything that has a proprietary embedded processor in it is a candidate for being reinvented with Open Hardware. That’s how the Internet of Things is going to finally become a reality.

Here are just a few examples:

Thermostats (http://www.open-electronics.org/web-thermostat-with-arduino/)
Alarm systems (http://www.abbotsfordsecurityalarms.ca/blog/?p=12)
Appliance controllers (http://customctrl.com/)
Sprinkler systems (http://opensprinkler.com)
Power meters (http://openenergymonitor.org/emon/)

More info here.

Comments on: "Why the Internet of Things finally makes sense" (3)

  1. I quote from a recent text I co-wrote:
    http://www.theinternetofthings.eu/content/discussion-paper-iot-research-institute-internet-society-berlin

    If asked in 2000, why are they building this nascent internet of things? The answer would have been because companies and governments amass huge amounts of data in order to run more agile datamining algorithms to bring them more likely scenarios of the immediate future. Because data storage became so cheap (Burleson Consulting, 2007) it soon became possible to store copies of the entire internet. The early protests against RFID and its invisible tracking ability (Albrecht, 2003) were directed not only against the patents of industry dug up by Katherine Albrecht in her book Spychips, but by the fact that this operation towards unique identifiers of all objects on earth was run as if it were an upgrade of the logistics and efficiency thinking of the barcode. There were too few stakeholders involved.

    If we are asked today, why are “they” building this, we notice immediately that is becomes increasingly unclear who “they” are. As “they” are now startups companies that have their roots in artistic and design practice (such as Arduino and Pachube). In web 2.0, online social networks such as Facebook, as well as large technology corporations such as Apple, Google, IBM/Cisco, SAP, Siemens, Lufthansa, IoT Reference Architecture initiatives such as IOT-A (www.iota.eu), in the EU Expert Group on IoT bringing a wide variety of stakeholders together . In the rapid prototyping ecology of fablabs, bricolabs and open soft- and hardware initiatives (Open NFC, 2011; Open Picus, 2011; Arduin, 2011), and projects such as Sourcemap (Sourcemap, 2011) that aim to make maps of the parts and source of these parts of all kinds of objects from planes to French cheese.

  2. I don’t think this is going to happen soon, but it probably be. Economically is not so feasible for many people to be totally connected and also you must consider security threats more dangerous in that kind of environment because the computer will have much more power than it has today.

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