The future of IoT: Two research advances from the lab

By Joe Mariani

Excerpt: Businesses need to keep pace with technology developments to stay competitive.
In today’s environment of technology-driven change, businesses have a vital need to know what the next technologies will be. The sooner a company knows what technologies are coming, the sooner it can begin to build business models and strategies to take advantage of them. New technologies can emerge from any number of sources, from the military to a student’s dorm room. But many of the cutting edge advances that will likely drive future change are also currently experiments in the labs of computer scientists. This blog will highlight two such research advances which point towards the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) and all of the industries that it touches.

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Do you sense what your smartphone sensors are saying?

By Deepan Kumar Pathy and Preeta Banerjee 

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.

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Getting to Revenue with IoT in Manufacturing Logistics

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.

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When the ordinary becomes extraordinary: The ‘enchanted’ objects of David Rose

When the ordinary becomes extraordinary: The ‘enchanted’ objects of David Rose 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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