The Internet Gets Real -- Manifestations of the Web in Everyday Objects
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...some might say (and quite often do), although I prefer &#x2018;technologist&#x2019;
I work @NixonMcInnes in the, as yet unannounced, in-beta Applied Technology practice
Applied Tech. exists to ...
enrich life, and educate and empower others by developing innovative technical solutions to everyday problems
or, simply, to make LIFE EASIER
The Dawn of Time, otherwise know as 1990
1. The Web of Documents - human readable 2. The Web of Data - machine readable 3. The System of Systems
We&#x2019;re going to take a look at The Physical Web...
Humans, talking to and controlling everyday objects via the Web, those everyday objects talking back
Also, everyday objects talking to each other
[background image is nabaztag, the internet connected rabbit]
A prediction from 2008:
Every device has the potential to become network-connected, delivering information to, or from, a web service
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We&#x2019;re expanding device to cover pretty much any real-world object
BUT, we&#x2019;re running out of numbers!!!
A bit of ancient history... back in early 90s BT had to split the dialling codes for London into two (081, 071) due to the high number of devices requiring a phone line (fax machines were all the rage back then!)
Similar situation with the Internet now. The Internet&#x2019;s current capacity will likely be exhausted by 2012.
IPv6 is set to address this, allowing for same # of IP addresses per person as there are atoms in 1 metric ton of carbon FACT
I&#x2019;ve also heard that IPv6 will give us enough space to address every grain of sand on Brighton beach (I&#x2019;ve not verified this myself)
Back in 2005, we had ReadywhenUR, aka SMS Kettle, which allowed you to control your kettle (tell it to boil) remotely via your mobile phone.
Used SMS as the communication layer
Quite a high barrier, required access to a mobile network
Nowadays it&#x2019;s much easier, thanks to Twitter, which can act as the vehicle by which we send and receive messages to each other and the real world around us.
Twitter not just a marketing/PR tool or a way of broadcasting/listening to your network, although it is very useful for that
Part of the original concept for Twitter was for it to be a utility, to act as a conduit, a messaging layer, one part of a bigger vision.
Thanks to this, it&#x2019;s now much easier to connect with the real-world via the Web using Twitter&#x2019;s APIs
It&#x2019;s also free, real-time, and mobile-friendly (and open in some/most regards)
Another important piece of the puzzle, the browser, our &#x2018;window to the web&#x2019;.
Allow me to demonstrate...
The technical bit...
- Listens to Twitter for mentions of
- Grabs any Spotify track URIs
- Plays, tweets and scrobbles
- Notiﬁes http://nmstereo.appspot.com/
so others can listen along, in real time
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