Refrigerator Is Calling (Part 1)

6/19/2012 4:06:52 PM

Welcome to the internet

Imagine you are passing the favorite grocery store of your family and at that time, you get a text warning from the refrigerator that it is running out of milk. Yes, from your refrigerator. As veteran analyst ABI Research, Michael Morgan, a combination of technologies will help the convenience become so popular. "Milk can be located on a weight or pressure plate which can send signals when you are close to a store". Of course, the refrigerator will be connected to the internet. Your personal contact center will be set to send text signals from there and any device connected to the phone in which installed GPS also knows your position and when special messages from home will be the most appropriate. In the coming world which is called “Internet of Things” by many technology futurists, websites as we have known for decades will not be a computer network and server talking to each other. It would be machines talking to machines.

Description: the internet

TV with the network, smartphones and tablet PCs, and web browsing in automobiles which consumers desire now are just small potatoes. Those who are the futuristic envision tens of billions of devices, from the parking meter hours to film posters, automobile engines to home thermostats, all of which use a combination of sensors, computing and connection to make  inanimate objects (even inanimate objects such as your body) become smarter. It is not a world where web extends only to the bathroom mirror or car dashboard. "Not everything needs a browser," Morgan explained. "Internet of Things is mostly the flow of information and data management rather than interoperability."

Description: In initial effort on a “Wi-Fi fridge”, Samsung arranges applications at the front door

In initial effort on a “Wi-Fi fridge”, Samsung arranges applications at the front door. In the future, refrigerators can send text warning that it is running out of milk or it even orders the grocery store.

This is the world of sensors making use of the internet to gather information in many different active ways. A "networked car" will not only be Netflix and Pandora transmitted through mobile connection. It will also have sensors which are able to report in real time about the short distance to the other car, heat engines or fuel usage; data can be used to manage the arrangement of street lights to optimize traffic flow, enthusiastically sending the most effective instruction to all GPS devices in an area, or help customers determine a way to work to save gas or save the most time every day. "Smart thermostats" will not only increase or decrease the temperature at the certain time of day but also recognize how many people are staying in the room to optimize energy use.


Secret projects

While many people among us were trying to show web on the TV and learning how Pandora running on our smartphone could plug to the stereo system of automobiles, researches in many large companies all over the world explored a bigger vision about the connectivity everywhere. Sometimes it is called machine to machine (M2M) computing, “industrial Internet”, or “smarter planet” (according to IBM), the model related to web usage to collect information get new ability in business and provide new service for customers.

Description: Google X is as secret as CIA

Google X is as secret as CIA

In the end of 2011, The New York Times revealed top secret “Google X” lab of Google where the searching giant were discovering what it called “Web of Things”. Network objects such as refrigerators will automatically order the grocery store, or your plate can post what you are eating to the social network. Google has announced their plan to launch LED lamp with the network which can be controlled by your Android phone. Also, their "unmanned car" uses video camera, Google Street View data, and sensors in the car to operate automatically. However, in Google X project, Times reported that the leaders such as Microsoft, Nokia, Stanford, and MIT had been recruited to carry out such things as home robots which could control everything from watering plants to making coffee through the web.

Nevertheless, many prestigious backbones of American industry have been working for years to try to understand how they could benefit from Internet of Things. General Electric deeply related to the generation of the smart hospital room where video, sensors and facial detection software could keep track of the moment patients went in and out of the bed or show signs of pain. The system monitored activities of nurses to remind staff of which and how often hospital protocols needed to be done.

Description: project based on the IBM Smarter Planet branding

project based on the IBM Smarter Planet branding

Smarter Planet project of IBM used151 houses in Dubuque last year to test a combination of sensors and cloud computing to save water. Measuring system was connected to the internet to analyze weather data, water usage, characteristics of the house, and other data to warn consumers of the water leak and using water models. The trial project announced that it had reduced water usage of about 6.6% of connected houses. Pacific Northwest, national lab conducting a "friendly-grid equipment project" said that the notice to customers in real time from home digital tools had helped them reduce home electricity bills about 10%.

Many companies are researching "internet industry" to predict how sensors on food packages or shipping containers can provide important information about the breakdown and become more efficient in distribution. When the price of sensors decreases, finally marketers hope to see them be implanted on the instruction board of stores or even on boxes so that users can interact with manufacturers through cellphones on departments.

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