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Internet of Things

An internet of things is a colloquial reference to a network of embedded computers in ordinary household objects, usually communicating via wireless with each other. It is the basic foundation for a smart house, or sensor web.

The true internet of things in which everything from clothes to furniture, appliances, cars, plants, buildings, are all intelligent, computerised and talking to one another continually, is the very definition of a ubiquitous sensor web.

Below, we offer a selection of links from our resource databases which may match this term.

Related Dictionary Entries for Internet of Things:

Context Aware Computing




Internet of Things

Invisible Computing


Pervasive Computing

Sensor Web

Ubiquitous Computing


Resources in our database matching the Term Internet of Things:

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Internet of things: Should you worry if your jeans go smart?
A BBC article looking at the growth of the Internet of Things, and attempting to illustrate some of the privacy concerns when items of everyday clothing and personal possessions are able to communicate with other objects around them and in so doing, give away your exact position and movements, in real-time.

This tome lays out how the dystopian internet of the near future will look if trends continue as they are, and shows how the internet of the past would have looked had individuals not acted to stop other similar attempts.

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Concern as net hits data limits
A detailed look at the history of the Internet, and the dot-com bubble lays the groundwork for an explanation why we may be in trouble, having used up much of the latent internet bandwidth built thus far, and, unless we invest soon, there will not be any more slack at all.

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Internet for New Life?
JWT, America's largest advertising agency, recently carried out a survey of that country's adult population, to try and gauge the effects of the Internet, after a decade of general public use. Their results were perhaps surprising.

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Poultry.Internet - Human-to-Chicken Pet-Touching Through the Internet
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Press Releases do not usually make it into the resource database. This one however, is zany enough, and interesting enough to make it, detailing a truly novel use for haptics.

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The Bandwidth to Feel
Using the current approach to data transfer the Internet is built on, full VR would never be possible. Just too many thousands of packets for different senses, all moving at once. You would literally come apart at the seams. Thankfully, there is another approach; Internet 2.

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Top Ten Reasons you are coding on the Wrong Mud
A humourous article, obviously geared for MUDs, but equally applicable to any virtual environment, should you find yourself coding for it, and these things (or their equivalent) start occurring. It may seem silly, but things like this do still occur. Even to so-called commercial worlds.

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WI-MAX Promises to Transform America?s Internet
Several of the larger technology companies, including Google, are joining together for the Clearwire project; an effort to develop a nation-wide Wi-MAX network intended to render cable or phone line Internet obsolete and set the stage for free Google net access supported by advertising alone.


Industry News containing the Term Internet of Things:

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Fed up over problems stemming from viruses and spyware, some computer users are giving up or curbing their use of the Web.

Thanks to trojans, spyware, the ever increasing spam problem, viruses, and the prevaling use of IE, a ...

Researchers from University College London have developed a digital tool that allows people to attach memories to objects in the form of text, audio or video.

The team at UCL's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) is ...

Imagine a world in which your wristwatch or other wearable device communicates directly with your online profiles, storing information about your daily activities where you can best access it all without requiring batteries. Or, battery-f...

Plans by Internet service providers to deliver targeted adverts to consumers based on their Web searches threaten online privacy and should be opposed, the founder of the Web said Wednesday.

"I just want to know that when I ...

Arm Holdings has unveiled what it describes as the "world's most energy-efficient microprocessor" design.

The firm says that microcontrollers based on the "Flycatcher" architecture will pave the way for the "internet of...