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Can’t choose between The Alps, Kilimanjaro or Himalayas for your next vacation? No time for holidays? – Now you can have it all and be on all the peaks on the same time!!

As a result of converging Aster Global Digital Elevation map and NASA satellite in SSX Snowboarding game, that is coming out now –  on 2nd of March in Europe, you can now snowboard on all greatest peak’s of The World any time of day from almost any location.

A virtual helicopter with deliver you to any peak, were you can have great time with your friends from all around the world or just chill out and recharge alone.

Curious how it works in more technical and practical means?

 

 

 

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According to a survey, in 2020 between 22 and 50 billions of devices will be connected at Internet in 2020. If we take a look at these prognostics we can notice that there will be more of technologies connected than human in the world ( 7 billions of humans at the end of October 2011 ) !

The European Union with the Information Society and the Media Directorate General, draw up a portrait of the daily european life in 2020 :

This video show us a world where everything is linked at Internet: your car, your health, your shopping… Every property will be touch by the amazing development of tehchnologies with a principal aim : make your life better and easier !

If all of our daily life is being connected to Internet, we should hope that a big bug will not arrive, because in this world without technologies you will have to do things by yourselves…so hard, isn’t it ?!

Read more :

http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/policy/rfid/documents/guidelinesforuserfidsign.pdf

http://www.iot-visitthefuture.eu/fileadmin/documents/researchforeurope/270808_IoT_in_2020_Workshop_Report_V1-1.pdf

Nowadays in our society of information we have a lot of informations per days… and sometimes you are so much buried through the daily news, your job, your differents appointments and so one ..that you forget the most important … like the birthday at one of your friend ! So why not have your own newspaper customized ?

GertCloud proposed it since January 2012 with is innovation called Little Printer a very cute multi-functional machine .

So what is Little printer ?

Little Printer is a thermal printer who works without ink. It is connected to the Internet by the wifi. An application on iPhone and Android lets you choose different news sources, like the headline of major newspapers, the flow of your friends on social networks (as Foursquare for example). You can also print your Sudoku or piece of your horscopeof the day, and your calendar for remind you the birthday of your friends !

With this innovation you can choose the frequency of publication : each days, several times in a day …All in a format sales receipt !

This new concept is very liked because of his lovely design and also because it links digital world and real world.

Read more :

http://www.thestar.com/business/sciencetech/article/1094685–little-printer-serves-up-your-own-customized-mini-newspaper

http://techcrunch.com/2011/11/29/the-little-printer-puts-your-customized-digital-content-on-a-slip-of-paper/

On the account of this blog critically engaging with the internet of things at the moment, it might be worthwhile to pause for a minute and reflect on how this concept came to be in the first place. “The internet of things” was first used by technology pioneer Kevin Ashton in 1999 to describe to a system where the Internet is “attached” to the physical world by means of ubiquitous sensors.  By now, an archetype example it has become the intelligent fridge:

Now imagine if the same technology used for keeping us updated about our stored foods, could also be used for preparing food for thought. The same kind of RFID technology used for tagging the foods in the fridge could be used in learning contexts – for tagging points of interest and making them access points for informations – rather than opening your computer to go search for that same piece of information? What about field trips? Or learning a new language by interacting by everyday objects? What a profound change of our conception of time and space this could present in the long run. One could store information, essays, wikipedia entries and all other sorts of informations onto physical properties, tagging the world as a museum, designated with informations as a multi–layered interactive space. Inherent in every object would be not only its physical properties, but its informational properties – concerning how it has been tagged, which informations it holds and so on. This information could interact with mobile devices to conduct courses or provide course relevant information.

When it comes to the internet of things, it is estimated that its potential benefits will fall into two categories: (1)Information & analysis, and (2)automation and control. In terms of our intelligent fridge, the next innovation may very well be within the automation and control category:

References:

http://blogs.princeton.edu/etc/2012/02/24/the-internet-of-things/

http://blog.iobridge.com/2010/12/network-and-iphone-controlled-mini-fridge-drink-cannon/

For a more thorough discussion of the potential uses of the internet of things see the article “Internet of things by Michael Chui, Markus Löffler and Roger Roberts in Intermedia, Volume 38, Issue 2. – http://web.ebscohost.com

http://web.ebscohost.com.molly.ruc.dk/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=80538a20-0778-48a3-9de1-d3f23cd0ee8a%40sessionmgr12&vid=1&hid=107

As a responsible driver, hopefully you stay away from your phone while driving unless it is hands free. You postpone checking your text messages and definitely no updating your facebook profile. Here’s a question for you, ever wanted to be able to stream online music among other internet tasks, all from the comforts of your very own vehicle. While this technology may seem like something of the future its day has already come. Several car companies including Mercedes and most prominently, Ford are working diligently at making our dreams of multi-tasking while still safely driving come true. You are no longer limited by not being in close proximity to a computer or not being allowed to use your smartphone because of focusing on the task of driving. So-called connected cars work by giving you this information through your car’s dashboard. For example Ford’s sync launched in 2007 is voice-activated and can be used to connect to your mp3 players as well as smartphones.

References

http://web.ebscohost.com.molly.ruc.dk/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=b988c2f0-44b8-4295-bcd1-cf070fb37ef9%40sessionmgr112&vid=1&hid=107

 

Let me first of all state that my intention here is NOT to discuss how teenagers today are spending their leisure time (although the video could – and dare I say should – encourage such debates). The point here is rather that this odd scenario may not be that far fetched – all thanks to the internet of things.

The internet of things is steadily changing our lives, how we relate to the entities around us, whether they are animate,  or material – organic or manufactured. As a matter of fact, Ericsson has already produced a prototype of a talking tree, which tweets out messages as an effect of registered changes in the electromagnetic field around it:

Now one would think that this has to mean something more than a mere digital conversion of that crazy tree-kid’s nightmare. And it is. New innovations within infrastructure engineering and the internet of things are now taking the first steps of turning whole cities into “living” environmental-responsive organic eco-systems.

By integrating software systems into buildings’ rainwater catchment systems watercompanies are now able to empty basins according to weather predictions, calculated by means of the internet. This is just one of many new innovations that effects the way we interact with our environment. In short, it means that almost any piece of information that is obtainable qua the internet can be utilized for operational and interactive purposes, in any part of the city – indeed the world.

Check out the blog and the links below for more examples of an interactive, interconnected city.

References:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-the-internet-of-things-is-turni-2011-12

http://telecomlead.com/inner-page-details.php?id=5753&block=Tower

http://www.theinternetofthings.eu/content/internet-things-and-noosphere

In the morning you are in such  a hurry. Just right before going out of the house your car keys and cell phone seems to just have gotten up in smoke. The same as always when the dear Uncle Murphy comes across with his Law.  (…)  Ever been there?

What if you could have a control panel on a cloud that could locate all your important belongings as the phone, keys, passport, credit card, luggage, including your dear ones?

Nowadays, the police can locate your iPhone, tablet or laptop if you have installed an anti-theft programme but what if this idea would become adapted for your home, office or on the go( GPS ) use?

If talking in terms of safety, it could be  a bone-chilling experience if somebody could unlock your personal document and belonging locator and use it for purposes just as diverse as imagination. On the other side, if all of the items would be marked by an in-built chip, a higher security service would/should have access to locate almost everything in a much broader map.

How do you see the pros and cons,  and development  of the item locators?