On the web.internet of things In computing, the Internet of Things refers to a, usually wireless and self-configuring, network between objects, such as household appliances. See also
- Ambient intelligence
- Ubiquitous computing
- Smart dust
It refers to the idea of connecting the real world to the internet in ways that haven't been done before.
It's becoming possible because wireless connectivity and microprocessors are becoming smaller and cheaper.
When it only costs pennies to connect an object to the net why not add the technology anyway even if you don't have a plan for using it? For example, what if parking spaces could broadcast their availability via the net? What if doors could recognise faces and unlock themselves for the right people? We're still at the very early stages of this kind of technology so the early consumer-level versions are being developed as kits rather like personal computers were back in the early 1980s.
One kit system is called Ninjablocks (www.ninjablocks.com). Each block has one or more sensors and built-in Wi-Fi and processing electronics.
You can connect your Ninjablocks to the net and set it up simply by clicking simple icons.
The idea is to create simple recipes so if this thing happens, do that task. For example: if the movement sensor detects activity outside the front door at night, send a text message to this phone number.
Ninjablocks have been crowd-funded by readers of a website called Kickstarter.com where anyone can ask for donations to make ideas become reality.
Now the Australian inventors of the gadgets are busy turning them into real internet things.
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