Are you aware of the number of times you use the sensors embedded in your smartphone without even knowing it? Be it to tilt your smartphone to view an image in the landscape position, or to automatically deactivate the touchscreen while on a call, the sensors in your smartphone are always in action. These examples are barely the tip of the iceberg. Sensors have been a part of smartphone design since their inception. The current generation of smartphones are embedded with as many as 16 sensors, and each sensor is always active, receiving and sending signals, for use by apps or directly by users.
Posted by Joe Mariani
It’s not just for consumers and smart gadgets. Whether you call it the Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, Machine 2 Machine communication or any of the other names by which it goes, the connectivity of devices was among the most talked about technologies of 2015.i While many manufacturers and logistics providers have jumped on board and are using IoT to improve inventory visibility or flows through the production floor, there are still some hurdles to adoption. As we discussed in a recent article, the vast majority of IoT applications right now serve only to cut costs or increase efficiency. While the costs of sensors and computing have dropped in recent years, using IoT solely for cost cutting still may not be enough to justify the initial investment required.
Posted by Jonathan Holdowsky
A while ago, I came across a quote from Khalil Gibran—“Forgetfulness is a form of freedom.”
I was reminded of this notion when I recently attended a talk given by David Rose, technology entrepreneur and lecturer at the MIT Media Lab. There, Rose spoke about “GlowCaps”, a pill bottle he developed that is designed to send sound, light, and text reminders when the patient fails to take the medication at the prescribed time. GlowCaps is but one example of what Rose calls an “enchanted” object—everyday items endowed with the ability to serve human needs thanks to the connectivity technologies made possible by the Internet of Things (IoT).
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