I find it hard not to share Ben’s thoughts on IoT and what he saw at CES 2013
The reality of the Internet of Things coming to fruition brings with it perhaps one of the most interesting developments: the role of software. What become increasingly evident with all the connected devices I saw and played with at CES was that nearly all of them were made significantly more usable and valuable through the use of companion apps for smartphones or tablets.
This is the world we are headed toward. Because of the unrivaled momentum and rapid worldwide adoption of devices like smartphones and tablets, we have smart devices with us at all times. They perfectly function as the platform to drive the interaction with the hardware around us.
All hardware will be made smarter through not just the use of connected chipsets and next-generation parts, but rather through the applications that add to their value.
Read more: http://techland.time.com/2013/01/21/the-internet-of-things-hardware-with-a-side-of-software/#ixzz2IcdBBR7c
This year TEDxBG that happened in Sofia just a few days ago was just mind-blowing! So much energy, so many things to learn and to share. So many new amazing people - inventors, entrepreneurs, friends, teachers, makers! It was “the fuel that is going to wake us up in the beginning of 2013 and keep us alive long after its gone” quoted from Teddy Zareva, one of the awesome organizers!
Like you see from the picture - more than 1000 people showed up excited about the event. But why TEDx was such a unique experience for me:
- I met amazing people that share my believes of where the future is going
Without any doubts for me one of the most inspiring stories was the one by Vladi Shunturov - one of the Lucid Design Group co-founders who shared his vision about a future of responsibility. A future where the buildings around us would change dramatically to be energy efficient and we would be aware and lower down their environmental footprint. I especially loved his point that there are many emerging consumer devices that would help this process and make it very simple and straightforward for any of us to lower down the energy consumption!
- Had the chance to tell my story of Singularity University and the Global Impact Competition happening so soon!
How can we improve the standard of living health, education, and security of 1 million people in the next 3 years through the use of any kind of exponentially improving technology?
If you have an answer, idea or project you would like to implement to solve the challenge, APPLY to the Competition and win a Full Scholarship for SU GSP13!
- We did a great Hackidemia event for the older kids, presenting the idea and just the next day for the real kids! Huge thanks to the never sleeping Hackdiemia Team!!!
My Hackidmeia TEDx workshop was about electronics and using conductive ink to sketch with electronics! Have a look at some of the girls that got excited about electronics while exploring different conductive materials that can be used in creating circuits while painting on a sheet of paper!
All of them were amazing!
Everything around us is drown in data, information, knowledge. I believe that the Internet Of Things is all about people and innovation. Designing great products that can sense our world and help us with everything we do. Finding new ways of interaction between things and having apps that work with physical things that you can touch and play with…. can’t wait to see this and be part of it! It really is the Internet of Everything and it will help us interact better and smarter with all our things!
One of my true inspirations has always been Andy Stanford-Clark - one of the founders of the Internet Of Things movement. In his recent TED talk in UK he shares his experience about how the Internet of Things is already helping people organize and adjust their lives better to the surrounding environment again by sensing.
The challenge and the opportunity now - is to find the best use case that really matters to consumers.
The last few days at Le Web conference in Paris has been pretty interesting, with a lot of different takes on what the Internet of Things actually is and the various opportunities arising. Nest founder & CEO Tony Fadell stirred things up a bit with a comment that he believed the Internet of Things would take 10 years to realise itself. (See coverage at http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57556955-76/nest-ceo-fadell-internet-of-things-is-a-decade-away/).
But wouldn’t it be sooner? The real value driver is the information that flows across networks. Information from and about objects can power applications. To use a metaphor, the social web is now a massive ecosystem. It’s driven by a flow of information from and about human beings, identified through their social web identities – Facebook profiles, Linkedin profiles, Twitter profiles, G+ profiles.
The same may turn out to be true for physical things, and for products in particular. What if there were identities for physical things on the Web, so that information from and about those things can become accessible to applications. Objects can be scanned or tagged, using mobile devices as proxies, to connect them to their web identities.
Nest had recently published their new energy report that shows you not only how much energy you have used the past month but also why. This is where sensing gets smarter and the smal device is able to analyze all the generate data and help you learn from it.
As the founder of the MIT Media Lab Joi Ito said recently in a great talk between him and JJ Abrams:
"We figure out the questions, sometimes, after we figure out the answers."
In this way the Internet of Things has turned into an imminent technological paradigm that will see chips, sensors and smarts inserted into everyday things that you probably wouldn’t ever think of, turning them into magical items. We still don’t have them but they will surely change our lives…
An Internet of Things coffee maker may be able to brew you coffee before you know you need it … but you still have to clean it and feed it beans.
Recently I was interviewed for an article about Internet-connected consumer devices in Fast Company.
As in-device enabling technologies become free - think of free WiFi chips, free Internet connectivity, free CPU horsepower - software-based logic will be built into anything valuable enough to be bought, sold or stolen. Soon that will include anything that has power already running through it (like light bulbs).
Entrepreneurs are actively creating truly novel scenarios for what to do with these Internet-connected devices. If you have light bulbs with individual Internet connectivity, what do you need wall switches for? Startups are going to start coming up with creative use cases that matter. For example - think of using a timer app on your smartphone, when you put something in the oven and leave the room. As the Fast Company article suggests, why don’t you connect the “timer done” function to the lights in the house and start them flashing when the timer counts down to zero? (Or just the lights in the room where motion sensors know you’re there?)
Some use cases will be merely cool and fun. Most won’t work at all. But a select few use cases have the opportunity to break through and lead to some huge new business opportunities.
If you’re thinking about finding wild new use cases, check out F**k Yeah Internet Fridge, a blog full of use cases that sound cool but have no true utility for ordinary people. The challenge for entrepreneurs - and the opportunity - is to find the next use case that really matters to consumers (like Nest).