The Physical World Is Becoming a Type of Information System

From McKinsey’s Internet of Things and the Future of Manufacturing

In what’s called the Internet of Things,1 the physical world is becoming a type of information system—through sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects and linked through wired and wireless networks via the Internet Protocol.

In manufacturing, the potential for cyber-physical systems to improve productivity in the production process and the supply chain is vast. Consider processes that govern themselves, where smart products can take corrective action to avoid damages and where individual parts are automatically replenished. Such technologies already exist and could drive what some German industry leaders call the fourth industrial revolution—following the steam engine, the conveyor belt, and the first phase of IT and automation technology. What opportunities and challenges lie ahead for manufacturers—and what will it take to win?

IOT: Odroid, Electromagnetic Harvester, Runkeeper, HealthyCircles, Nike FuelBand, Fitbit


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  2. Electromagnetic Harvester charges AA battery by exploiting radiant EM fields

    Dennis Deigel’s EM Harvester can capture radiant energy from electromagnetic fields to charge a AA battery (via As part of a scientific venture into the global movement for sustainable energy harvesting – Dennis Siegel has constructed a palm-sized energy harvesting device capable of capturing radiant energy from the …

  3. RunKeeper gains Pebble smartwatch integration

    RunKeeper, the popular mobile fitness and GPS tracking app, received an update Tuesday which allows for some interesting Pebble smartwatch features. Thanks to deep integration with the Bluetooth Smart-enabled E-paper wrist device, RunKeeper users can keep track of their workout stats on their Pebble. This includes the stuff like displaying …

  4. News & Updates

    Qualcomm Life acquired HealthyCircles, a care coordination SaaS provider, to integrate Qualcomm’s 2net™ Platform and Hub with the HealthyCircles enterprise platform. The integration enables providers to collect, monitor and manage near real-time actionable data that is readily accessible and shareable with a patient’s care team. Honeywell HomMed unveiled a line …

  5. SoundOfMotion Launches Campaign to Start Production of New VeloComputer Bluetooth Smart Sensor RIDER

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — SoundOfMotion Technologies Inc. launches a campaign on crowd funding sites and pledging to the cyclists’ community for a help accelerating the manufacturing of its new VeloComputer™ 1-Degree Precision…

  6. Nike FuelBand 2: Heart Rate Monitor & Android Support Rumored

    Nike FuelBand 2: Heart Rate Monitor & Android Support Rumored is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.The Nike FuelBand 2 is reportedly in the works, and may come with a heart rate monitor and Android support. Nike FuelBand is currently one of the most popular app enabled …

  7. Automatic Pairs Your Car & iPhone with OnStar-like Features

    Regret not ponying up for that OnStar subscription for your last car? A startup called Automatic promises to provide most of those features (and a few extra) with an iPhone app and a hardware dongle that plugs into your car’s data port. The device performs diagnostics, lets you turn off …

  8. Flex: Fitbit’s New Wristband Health Tracker

    Fitbit’s new Flex health tracker wristband is out, and it offers several of the features found in the Fitbit One, including Bluetooth iPhone and computer sync support. The wristband sensor tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and sleep patterns, includes a silent alarm, plus it’s water resistant so you can wear …

Internet of Things – Hydra Project

Internet of Things (IOT) is one of the emerging technology trends. Some indications of useful applications of IOT are given by the Hydra project team.

With Hydra, all manner of devices such as electricity meters, TV sets, refrigerators, stereos as well as heating and lighting systems, can be networked without having to know what goes on inside them.Existing devices can be adapted to work with Hydra. “We are delivering a device  development kit where you could integrate the middleware into the devices,” Eisenhauer says, “but you can make use of it with existing devices and Hydra-enable them as long as they have a certain computing power.”

Another major application is expected to be in healthcare, especially the monitoring of patients in their own homes. The partners have set up a demo using networked sensors measuring body weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and oxygen saturation. A muscle sensor gives warning of an epileptic fit.

“So we have different kinds of technologies – ZigBee, Bluetooth and others – all covered by our network manager within Hydra,” says Eisenhauer. “And then just to show that we can also use off-the-shelf devices we have used a Wii balance board as a weight scale and have connected it to our Playstation 3.”

This article describes many areas including Agriculture which can benefit from this initiative. Hydra opens up several possibilities, especially for innovative social applications, a ripe area for student projects. You can get more information on such exciting projects from ICT Results.

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Internet of Things

About 3 or 4 years ago, I cam across an Intel presentation on the web,  which predicted the spread of internet of things. Today,  I came across a fascinating  document that describes an European Initiative for Internet of Things.

One major next step in this development is to progressively evolve from a network of interconnected computers to a network of interconnected objects, from books to cars, from electrical appliances to food, and thus create an ‘Internet of things’ (IoT). These objects will sometimes have their own Internet Protocol addresses, be embedded in complex systems and use sensors to obtain information from their environment (e.g. food products that record the temperature along the supply chain) and/or use actuators to interact with it (e.g. air conditioning valves that react to the presence of people).

The scope of IoT applications is expected to greatly contribute to addressing today’s societal challenges: health monitoring systems will help meet the challenges of an ageing society connected trees will help fight deforestation; connected cars will help reduce traffic congestion and improve their recyclability, thus reducing their carbon footprint. This interconnection of physical objects is expected to amplify the profound effects that large-scale networked communications are having on our society, gradually resulting in a genuine paradigm shift.

Nice to see technology evolving to meet societal challenges. This is an exciting time to be in technology.