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IoT 2016: The Smart City

#IoT for Good, Guest Contributor, Rundown, Thought Leaders

Two things are not going away in the foreseeable future: people and technology. By 2050 nearly 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, making smart city planning a primary concern. Incorporating technologies such as Internet of…

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Amazing IoT #8: Solar Windows (not Panels!)

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Photo Credit: Yimu Zhao / MSU A handful of startups are heading toward a new window of opportunity: solar powered windows. If you think about all of the windows in the world – Manhattan alone has 10.7 million windows –…

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Seven IoT Wonders of the World

#IoT for Good, Guest Contributor, Rundown, Thought Leaders

Fifty percent of the world’s population currently live in cities and this percentage will continue to grow, increasing demand for urban life to be a liveable one. Urban growth is a large contributing factor to climate change. The building sector alone…

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Amazing IoT#7: Sound Reactive Masks

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Sound reactive masks are bringing masquerades into the 21st century. For those that believe electronic dance music (EDM) is just not exciting or lively enough, fear no more: sound reactive masks are here to give an illuminating experience (pun intended)….

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Amazing IoT #6: The Electronic Handshake

Ever wanted to hold someone’s hand through the computer screen? Well, turns out you can! Meet Frebble. It’s a hand-holding device that people can use to squeeze each other’s hands in a video chat. Frebble especially highlights its use as…

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Internet of No-Things?

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Everyone talks about IoT, but what if we go one step further and imagine IoT without the things, in other words Internet of NO Things?  I was introduced to this intriguing concept by the Finnish think tank Demos Helsinki who seem…

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Amazing IoT #5: The Doggy Exerciser

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“Does Fitbit exist for dogs?” you ask.  “Yes,” the internet replies.  And it’s called Whistle. It is a dog-collar that is equipped with an accelerometer that works with 3-axes.  After the company acquired Tagg, it also comes with a GPS…

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Viewpoints: Security, Privacy, & IoT

Guest Contributor, Viewpoints

Viewpoints is a new series we’ve started to highlight the complexities involved in the Internet of Things.  Instead of one take on an issue, we invite two to three experts from different IoT-related backgrounds to give their own views on…

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Amazing IoT #4: The Re-Designable Shirt

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There are shirts with LED lights and shirts that change colour.  But now there’s one that pairs with your smart phone so you can design your own tshirt – and redesign it as often as you’d like!  Ballantine’s has created…

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Save the Climate – One App at a Time

#IoT for Good, Guest Contributor

I came across Klimaträtt, a smart phone app for reducing carbon footprints.  And I was lucky enough to chat with Anna Rehnberg, the project manager for Klimaträtt at Uppsalahem, a public housing company in the city of Uppsala.  These are Anna’s…