Printer Friendly

On the web.

So what do YOU think? Join the debate at ... 29 The "internet of things" is all about using low-cost electronics to connect the real world to the internet and make our lives easier. Remember the phrase "internet of things", because you're going to be hearing it a lot more in the next few years.

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 ( 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 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.

BROWSING AROUND ... TURNING CODE INTO SOUND Slub is a band that codes music live The music font Composer/coder Karlnheinz Essl Danny Ayers's Web Beeps Generative music apps for your phone OF THE WEEK A new everyday object everyday
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2012 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 6, 2012
Previous Article:On this day.
Next Article:They say.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters