Giles Turnbull on "The Internet of Actual Things"


Mon, Jun 24th, 2013 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Giles Turnbull of The Morning News, the cost of electronics getting cheaper by the day means that they can easily be embedded into everyday objects. As a result of this, the objects will be connected on the Internet, even "be on Facebook alongside us." This will be called The Internet of Things. I particularly liked this part of the article:

Pundits call it the internet of things. They mean things that have more than a simple essence of thingyness about them. Things that monitor their surroundings, measure changes, respond to those changes with voices and actions of their own. Not things that think, necessarily, but things that act.

Things like the Nest thermostat, which learns how warm you like to keep your house, and is always online so you can control it from your phone. Or the diaper that tweets when baby’s dropped one. Or the WeMo smart electric outlet and its companion WeMotion sensor. Plug them in, get an If This Then That account, soon you could activate a hidden home-security system that uploads a photo of the guy breaking into your house to Instagram with the tag #handsoffmystuff, sharing it on Twitter at the same time.

If the internet of actual things really becomes as far-reaching as everyone predicts, why should any one thing be left behind? I decided to investigate further. I wanted to know what our households objects will be like in the years to come. A true internet of actual things will mean that everything is smart, everywhere, all the time. A cacophony of possessions fighting for your attention. The stuff of nightmares, or a nightmare of stuff.



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