Sketching In Hardware

Last week we attended the Sketching In Hardware event, a 3-day workshop in Berlin that explored the perceived boundaries of the tech industry, and worked towards figuring out ways to overcome those challenges.

It was a great opportunity to take the pulse of the hardware prototyping community, and answer key questions like: What are the hottest devices, platforms, or tools in the community? What are the coolest use cases for the Internet of Things? What are the newest trends that are shaking up the tech industry?

After full immersion in this thriving environment of thinkers and innovators, four key trends that are shaping the direction of the tech industry clearly stood out:

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“How do you distinguish a WoT thing from a mere IoT thing?
Try talking client-side JavaScript to it, if it just stares at you like you used some kind of an unknown language then this isn’t a WoT thing…”

If you did smile while reading this then you surely are a good candidate for joining the annual WoT community meeting aka, the Fifth International Workshop on the Web of Things!

The Workshop is turning 5 years old so it was only right to go back to the roots and collocate with the International Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT 2014). So, this year’s edition will take place on October 8, 2014 at MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA.

So hurry up and send us your research papers, position papers and demo proposals before August 22 as described in the call for papers below:

CALL FOR PAPERS – Fifth International Workshop on the Web of Things (WoT 2014)
in conjunction with IoT 2014, Cambridge, MA, USA, October 6-8, 2014.

* Workshop Abstract

Continuing the successful Web of Things workshop series, this workshop
aims at further exploring the use of technologies and principles at
the core of the Web to provide methods for a seamless integration of
physical devices. In particular, our goal is to foster discussion
about systems that enable a real-time Web of Things and the discovery,
search, and composition of services provided by Web-enabled things as
well as the interaction of users with such devices.

* Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: August 22, 2014
Notification of acceptance: September 12, 2014
Camera-ready papers due: September 26, 2014
Workshop date: October 8, 2014

* Contributing to WoT 2014

WoT 2014 solicits contributions in all areas related to the Web of
Things, and we invite application designers to think beyond sensor
networks and Web applications, and to imagine, design, build,
evaluate, and share their thoughts and visions on what the future of
the Web and networked devices will be. In particular, we seek
submissions related to the following fields:

– Integration of embedded computers, wireless sensor networks,
every-day appliances, smart gateways, and tagged objects (RFID,
barcodes, QRs, NFC) using a Web approach
– Real-time communication with physical objects (e.g.,WebSockets,
Web-RTC, MQTT, CoAP, AMQP)
– Web-based discovery, search, composition, and physical mashups
– Use of semantic technologies to facilitate the interaction with and
between things on the Web
– Models, paradigms, and systems that enable the interaction with
physical things for humans
– Security, privacy, access control, and sharing of physical things on the Web
– Application of Web tools and techniques in the physical world (e.g.,
REST, HTML5, 6lowpan, cloud services, social networks)
– Cloud platforms and services for the Web of Things
– Concrete applications, use-cases, deployments, and evaluations of
Web-enabled Things in contexts such as smart homes, connected cities,
and Web 2.0 enterprises

This fifth edition of the Web of Things workshop series will provide
an interactive forum for WoT researchers to learn about and discuss
existing efforts related to Web-based interactions with smart things.
In order to ensure a high-quality technical session, submissions must
cover one of the topics above and should not exceed six ACM conference
format pages. Research papers must be original prior unpublished work
and not under review elsewhere as they will be published to the ACM
digital library and listed on DBLP. All submissions will be
peer-reviewed and selected based on their originality, merit, and
relevance to the workshop. Submission requires at least one author to
present the paper on site. If you can, we encourage authors of
accepted papers to bring a prototype and demonstrate it at the
workshop, as part of an open demonstration session.

* Organizers:

Simon Mayer, ETH Zurich, Switzerland,
Dominique Guinard, EVRYTHNG Ltd., UK,
Vlad Trifa, EVRYTHNG Ltd., UK,
Erik Wilde, Siemens, USA

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After a recent comment request from the press on the news that The Thread Group have announced a new protocol for connected devices in the home, I thought this would be a good opportunity to share some of the insights we pulled together for the piece.

The format of the Press comment was a simple Q & A, and went as followed:

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Welcome to our final blog from the eBay Internet of Things collections series!

In our penultimate post in this series, we were showing you how to implement a low-tech version of home automation using NFC and the EVRYTHNG engine.

This time we’ll look at the bleeding-edge version of our connected home! A home where appliances can be piped together easily to create a dynamically reconfigurable home. Just like you can use IFTTT or Yahoo Pipes to create smart workflows for your data (e.g. if I tweet this, post this to my LinkedIn profile and update this Google Spreadsheet) you should be able to configure the real world just as it suits you. This is what we call: Physical Mashups, i.e. the fast and easy composition of the services of physical devices to create unforeseen applications that meet our needs! Sorry for getting over-excited here but Physical Mashups were a big chunk of my PhD :-)

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On the 1st of July, EVRYTHNG had the pleasure of lecturing a tutorial on the Web of Things at the 14th International Conference of Web Engineering (ICWE); celebrated in Toulouse this year. ICWE is the yearly pinnacle of international conference’s with regards to the different aspects of designing, building and using Web applications.

An audience of more than 20 people from different institutions attended the tutorial, where the architecture of the Web of Things was presented, as well as our vision on the Web of Things. In addition to this, we demonstrated our implementation and different use cases based on the EVRYTHNG Engine®.

From a research perspective, the advances of the COMPOSE project (http://www.compose-project.eu) – where EVRYTHNG is a partner – in terms of the Web of Things architecture and features were similarly demonstrated.

Here’s a link to the presentation on Slideshare.

More information about the tutorial can be found here:

http://icwe2014.webengineering.org/tutorials-selected/

 

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In our penultimate eBay Internet of Things Collections blog post we wanted to talk about a cheap way of making your house a little smarter, one NFC or QR tag at a time!

A little while ago we were showing you how you could use NFC and the Trigger app to create a ‘cheap smart home’. The app basically lets you create actions that are triggered whenever an NFC tag is seen close to your phone (as in ‘touching your phone’ kind of close).

Don’t get me wrong, the app is awesome and I use it on a regular basis (my home is all NFC-enabled!) but it has two drawbacks: a) it requires NFC and not everyone out there has an NFC phone (ahem… e.g. all iPhone users…) and,  b) it requires an app, which means that people wanting to interact with your shiny NFC enabled doorbell will have to download an app first, not exactly the kind of thing you would want. :-)

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IoT Hackfest

As part of London’s IoT Week 2014 there will be a three day Hackfest taking place and Web of Things, along with partners of the European Project COMPOSE are proud to announce that we will be organizing one of the challenges: inviting enthusiasts to bring their ideas along and build their prototypes utilizing cutting edge platforms provided by numerous sponsors and European Projects.

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It’s time again for an eBay Internet of Things Collection recipe. This time we’ll be looking at a nice challenge we tackled at the last Web of Things Hackathon – the Smart Fussball Table!

This yearly hackathon (stay tuned for the next one – advertised soon) is always focusing on a challenge that involves real world objects and their connectivity not only to the the Internet but also to the Web. In short it is always about having things talking to each other and humans based on Web protocols and tools. Read more…

O'Reilly

Your favourite blog (i.e. this blog :-)) was selected as a media partner for the O’Reilly Solid Conference. Hence, I’ll be covering the conference next week (May 21st to 22nd) and I’m very much looking forward to it!

In anticipation of attending, we thought we would give you guys an indication of what topics we’re looking forward to discussing and discovering more about over the two days. On top of that we have attached some of the key presentations taking place that we believe will be particular highlights in the schedule, PLUS a bonus comp for you guys at the bottom! ;-) Read more…

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Time to present the third episode in our Internet of Things Collections blog series: the Connected Coffee Machine!

Fridges and coffee machines are probably in the top 3 “things an IoT tinkerer is likely to connect one day or another…”. Not wanting to fail tradition, the tech team at EVRYTHNG decided it was time to connect our dear coffee machine to the Web through the EVRYTHNG API.

“Connected as in I can send a tweet to your coffee machine and it makes me coffee?”, I hear you say. Not at all! That is so last year. ;-) We, at EVRYTHNG, are used to connecting dumb (as in no-electronics-beyond-tags) products and giving them a digital identity. Thus, our coffee machine is activated by checking-in and scanning (NFC, QR or IR) packs of coffee.

As such, this recipe is about wiring an mbed device to the electronics of an off-the-shelve coffee machine, then connecting the mbed to the EVRYTHNG API and creating a mobile web page that communicates with the machine through the EVRYTHNG API.

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