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Why the sharing economy needs the Internet of Things — Tech News and Analysis. Sharing economy companies such as Lyft, TaskRabbit and Spinlister (bike sharing) usually assume that the person renting has proximate access to the thing being rented so that they can hand off and reclaim the goods.

Why the sharing economy needs the Internet of Things — Tech News and Analysis

In contrast, automatic unlocking and tracking is one way that organizations that manage fleets of assets achieve scale. Imagine the friction if, for example, Zipcar required that someone meet each customer in order to hand over the keys. Even traditional car rental companies are moving toward streamlining rentals. Similarly, the bike-sharing programs run in many cities such as Barcelona, London and New York City rely on terminals or apps to allow unattended check-outs and returns. Breather also relies on remote locks for the properties it lists. Sharing economy companies would also benefit from these kinds of tools.

INTERNET OF CARING THINGS. Macroeconomic Insights - What is the Internet of Things? Www.goldmansachs.com/our-thinking/outlook/internet-of-things/iot-report.pdf. The Internet of Things Explained: Making sense of the next mega-trend. What is the internet of things? The “internet of things” may not always need an internet connection. The “internet of things” is one of those odd phrases that can mean many things and nothing at the same time.

The “internet of things” may not always need an internet connection

On one hand, it describes a future that is rapidly becoming the present, with all sorts of objects—from televisions and watches to cups and streetlights—able to connect to the internet. On the other hand, it is used a marketing tactic by chip-makers and networking companies eager to sell their wares. The internet of things is going to have to do better than this ridiculous “smart cup” The Vessyl is a $100 glass cup with companion smartphone app that can supposedly detect what liquid you’ve poured into it, describe it, and identify nutritional information such as calories, sugar, and caffeine.

The internet of things is going to have to do better than this ridiculous “smart cup”

Designed by Yves Behar’s Fuseproject, it is the sort of gadget that might briefly appeal to the quantified self/fitness tracking/early adopter crowd. Or, at least those willing to use only one cup, which must be charged every five to seven days and washed by hand. It’s a fine-looking cup, and with enough publicity muscle, it may find its way into several year-end gadget gift guides. (Shipping “early 2015.”) But it is an absurdity—the sort of gizmo that seems technically impressive but will quickly be forgotten.

Why bendable electronics could be the future of the internet of things. When the first Harry Potter movie came out in 2001 the idea of the Daily Prophet, a newspaper that contains moving pictures, qualified as magic.

Why bendable electronics could be the future of the internet of things

A Kickstarter campaign by Ynvisible, a Lisbon-based technology firm, is bringing that magic to life with its displays, held together with paper-thin circuitry. Ynvisible’s offering, called Printoo, is a bunch of paper-thin circuit boards. Imagine the Arduino board, perhaps the most popular do-it-yourself micro-controller used by tinkerers, but thinner and lighter. How the internet of things could make media physical again. Not so long ago, every act of consumption began with a ritual.

How the internet of things could make media physical again

We pulled records from sleeves and perched them on turntables, slid books from shelves, watched as VHS tapes were ingested with a soft ca-chunk. Qleek, from Paris-based startup Ozenge, aims to return our digital media to a state in which they can be collected, stored, handled, played and shared in the same way that physical media were, once. The makers of Qleek want you to pick up a wooden hexagon printed with, for example, the artwork for an album or mix, place it on a reader, and hear the corresponding tracks play on your device of choice. The “internet of things” may not always need an internet connection. Difference Engine: The internet of nothings. Why bendable electronics could be the future of the internet of things. Intel's IoT vision sees far more than chips. Intel is bringing all its assets to bear on the Internet of Things, a hot topic for nearly all IT vendors but one that's especially critical to big chip makers.

Intel's IoT vision sees far more than chips

While Intel would like to see its low-power chips used in sensors, wearables and other hardware that will ship in huge numbers if the industry's IoT dreams come true, it also has software, security and infrastructure to add to the mix. In the short run, those may matter more than the silicon itself. At an event in San Francisco on Tuesday, the company announced what it calls the Intel IoT Platform, a combination of hardware, software and partnerships designed to help its customers quickly churn out complete systems. Intel also introduced its latest IoT gateway design, plus security and management capabilities that will be part of that platform. The hidden environmental cost of the Internet of Things. Analyst firm Gartner is forecasting that the IoT will encompass some 30 billion connected devices by 2020.

The hidden environmental cost of the Internet of Things

And while networking vendor Cisco has pegged the IoT's value at $14.4 trillion between 2013 and 2022, questions are being asked over its potential environment cost. What becomes of these thousands of sensors and smart devices once they reach EOL? How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition. Information technology is revolutionizing products.

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition. Internet of Things. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable it to achieve greater value and service by exchanging data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices.

Internet of Things

Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure. The term “Internet of Things” was first documented by a British visionary, Kevin Ashton, in 1999.[1] Typically, IoT is expected to offer advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services that goes beyond machine-to-machine communications (M2M) and covers a variety of protocols, domains, and applications.[2] The interconnection of these embedded devices (including smart objects), is expected to usher in automation in nearly all fields, while also enabling advanced applications like a Smart Grid.[3] Early history[edit] In its original interpretation,[when?] Media[edit] In the Modern World of IT, All Things Are Connected. Richard Gordon Research VP 14 years at Gartner 23 years IT industry Richard Gordon is a research vice president in Gartner Research.

In the Modern World of IT, All Things Are Connected

He has worldwide responsibility for Gartner's Global IT Market Forecasting. Read Full Bio Coverage Areas: by Richard Gordon | February 24, 2014 | Comments Off And so to another year.