Today all countries, individuals, and companies seek to reduce energy consumption. The aim of governments is to achieve sustainability in the environment and the companies and individuals to reduce energy costs.
The company Enlighted Inc. released a product dedicated to reducing the power consumption of light.

Using sensors coupled to the lamps, you can regulate the power consumption. The sensors are connected to a system for preventing the excess energy. Each sensor makes a decision every few minutes to ensure the most efficient use of energy.
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There are other less complex mechanisms, which soon will be used in homes, such as who created the company PG & E. This mechanism provides real-time electricity and gas consumption.Thus, the consumer may account for the amount of energy consumed daily.
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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/

One impressive possible feature of the internet of things is improved health care. It will be possible for symptoms and behavior to be monitored in real time allowing for better diagnoses and more specific, accurate treatment suggestions. The company My Basis have the first health and heart rate monitor that one can wear on one’s wrist. Calories burned, sleeping habits and physical activity are all measured by the small yet powerful device. The measurements are linked to an individual online dashboard.

Being under complete surveillance while as seen in this case could be for our own good, could undoubtedly lead to instances where we question whether or not this is too much. While the list of positive possibilities seems long, this new incredibly detailed communication is all happening outside of our control which could lead to the results being different than those we envisioned.

 

References:

http://web.ebscohost.com.molly.ruc.dk/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=f75f38a5-a247-47b5-ad11-1a0ed15cf145%40sessionmgr115&vid=1&hid=107

Internet of things is here to make our lifes even easier. So connecting all our things together through internet, we will maybe lose our privacity and personal information, but we won’t lose our keys anymore. 

That’s what Cobra Electronics thought, so they partnered with Phone Halo to make a business thanks to all the people that spend half a day looking for their purse, keys or camera. That’s how it works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYXvrZ58SY0

A Cobra Tag sensor is attached to your keys, purse, computer bag, or any other item you want to protect from loss. The sensor communicates with the phone’s free app and will remind you if you leave your phone or valuables behind.  The Cobra Tag is also a 2 way finder. Tap the button on the Cobra Tag tag to ring your Smartphone. If you are looking for your Cobra Tag protected item, use the phone’s application to make the Cobra Tag ring.  To secure your phones data, the powerful PhoneHalo application can be set to lock your phone when out of range of your tagged item.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/01/09/cobra-lost-items/

 

Irene Martinez

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

 

GreenGoose helps you to do positive things. Indeed this application provides a game platform for measuring the things we do daily and change our behaviour.

The sensors are stickers. They automatically measure things like getting exercise, brushing your teeth, riding your bike, taking vitamins, and lots more. Users simply stick the sensors on objects like a toothbrush, and the “game” can start.

Greengoose measures your behaviour and transmit it, wirelessly, to a database. The system assigns “lifestyle points”, and from here the users can change what they do in the real world in order to get more point in the game.

 

Source : http://www.gizmag.com/green-goose-turns-life-into-a-game/18030/

GreenGoose’s website :  http://www.greengoose.com/