A Bill of Rights for the Internet of Things

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Law might be enough. Standards might be fine. But we can arrive at a shared language of intent if we take some time to think about a Bill of Rights for the Internet of Things. Now, there’s no distinct bill of rights for the Web. Instead, we have a loose coalition of laws and regulations, […]

Virtual Worlds and the Internet of Things

Context Aware GPS

We’re wiring the world and connecting it to the Net on our way to an Internet of Things (IoT) – or, if you prefer: the Internet of Everything. It’s an industry that will top $1.2 trillion in global revenue by 2020. It’s a world with sensors and transmitters, chips and devices, signals and relays, all […]

Using iBeacons to Disable Apps and Phone Features

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Sometimes it isn’t what an iBeacon will let your phone DO, it’s what it will PREVENT your phone from doing. In a use case I’d never frankly thought about, Endpoint Protector proposes a promising line of thinking: having iBeacons trigger phones to disable features or lock off usage of certain apps. For the corporate-minded security […]

iBeacon: Apple’s Secret Retail Weapon

Steve Job's Dream: The Entire World Is An Apple Device

With all eyes on Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s new chief of retail (for both offline and online channels), Bloomberg Business Week thinks that iBeacon technology won’t be far from her mind when she assumes the new role in Cupertino. According to Business Week, iBeacons are retail’s new secret weapon. But they wonder why it also seems […]

iBeacons: Why Form Factors Matter

Estimote beacons: it's turtles all the way down

It’s a brave new world of beacons, a place in which the world will be talking to your phone rather than the other way around. And as you get used to the idea that a lamp post or a store shelf or the equipment at the local gym is sending silent pings to your mobile […]

Disappearing Payments On the Internet of Things

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On the Internet of Things the world is the Web. Sensors do their sensing, objects talk to you (or your phone, or your glasses) and to each other. But if a can of soup can (theoretically) know you’re buying it, then why do mobile payments feel like they’re stuck with a ‘last mile’ problem not […]