I learned a great term this morning via this talk: The "Geocities of Things". Frankly, half of the little Arduino projects I do are probably Geocities-of-Things level; certainly not professional, but then again, that's kind of the point.





BERG Cloud




This is a step past the others. SkyNet, Dweet.io and BERG Cloud are all transports with varying degrees of sophistication. Node-RED is an IBM Research project that lives on top of MQTT. It's not interested in transport as much as analysis. It's a tool to create a processing node.


This is an interesting talk on the internet of things, and the role of network-aware objects in society at large. These two slides stood out for me:

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This kind of ties in with something that Warren Ellis pointed out...

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Cities are very slow time machines; they let us live longer, see more... They make our environment more hospitable, provide emergency services. As technology progresses, those services may be more autonomous and less centralized.

It costs about $150, and requires some kind of android or iphone device. The unboxing video above shows that it's based on the Electric Imp platform.

Also see the Wired article.