When Everything Becomes Data

Written By Jerome Dubreuil, Senior Director at SSIC, Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center

“IoT”—Internet of Things—has in the past few years become an essential concept. True to its name, it starts with Things that connect to the Internet. Directly or through gateways, these Things can send and possibly receive data to and from a “cloud,” where the data can be stored, processed and accessed. This isn’t anything new. It’s the number and variety of these things that “IoT” refers to: They will be in orders of magnitude beyond what we can imagine today. As Forbes recently put it, “The economic impact of the IoT will re-shape the world’s economy.”

The phrase has been used and reused so much, however, that we have lost track of IoT’s actual promise. While many believe the Internet of Things will be the next major IT revolution, we don’t really know why; nor what IoT will bring us as its consumers.

Jerome Dubreuil explains IoT project he's working on with Samsung to the 50K Member Celebration attendees in San Francisco, above.

Jerome Dubreuil explains IoT project he’s working on with Samsung to the 50K Member Celebration attendees in San Francisco, above.

IoT is not the number of daily steps you make, it’s not seeing on your TV when the washing machine is done, it’s not industrial machines equipped with hundreds of sensors, and it’s not city lights or parking meters sharing their usage automatically. It’s about something much bigger and easily missed as we witness the first steps of a grand change while distracted by its early manifestations.

To understand IoT, we must project ourselves into a world where connected devices are pervasive and ubiquitous. In that world, small bits of data flow quickly from millions of sensors into the cloud and back into actuators embedded in all things. These things are working to make our life easier.

They are things that have been around us for a long time (televisions, lights, medical equipment, the chemical monitor in your swimming pool), things that are being invented as the hardware and data infrastructure enables them (tree health sensors, pregnancy monitors for pregnant women), industrial things, corporate things, community things, consumer things; things on us, things around us, and many things in between.

How many Things? In 2014, it was said that there were already more than 14 billion connected things. By 2020—just four years from now—Gartner predicted 25 billion, Cisco 50 billion, and Intel 200 billion. We know how technology accelerates, so what about in 10 years? 10 trillion? Whatever the number, it will be huge; and whether or not we like this vision of the world, the trend is telling us that connecting things, sensing and reporting data is most likely here to stay and grow.

You can also see innovative speakers in IoT and beyond at Tech in Motion Events across North America. Check out the event calendar.

What IoT is Really About

This is IoT: it’s the data. In a few years, a significant part of the physical world will be digitized. Look around and imagine yourself in your surroundings constantly capturing and sending data to the cloud. There will be countless metrics, about everything—animate as well as inanimate.

The things in this revolution are just a gateway to this data. In the Internet of Things, data exists at an unprecedented scale, not just in terms of size and volume, but also in terms of diversity, type, and granularity.

Of course, the ultimate goal is not data in itself, but the value we will create from the data and from the powerful surge in its abundance. There will be so many opportunities to put these new data sets to valuable use that we cannot yet grasp the breadth of their impact and applications. Recall the limited change we thought the first cellular phone would bring, and what mobile computing now represents, just a few years later.

What most consumer IoT initiatives are offering today—a device or group of devices, a cloud and a service, forming an isolated data silo—provides immediate value. However, this is a minor fraction of what a digitized world will bring us.

First, in the world of consumers (along with business customers), silos are not a sustainable model. It will be impossible to lock consumers into a brand, given the diversity of products people interact with. Consumers will not want an excessive proliferation of services from many different brands. Instead, they will simply look for value: the relevant insights, critical predictions and smart automation, all using the “small” data or “smart” data made available by their lives. And it must be a painless experience that abstracts the underlying variety and complexity of data into something useful. As Mark Weiser put it years ago: “The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.”

Second, the true game changers enabled by IoT will come from data fusion: mixing up heterogeneous data signals to compute correlations and causations never possible before. In a future world with trillions of data sources, it would be extremely difficult to realize this potential if developers of the next generation of digital services need to gain insights across a myriad of siloed clouds, even with the best API-ification in place: the programming complexity would hinder most initiatives. To enable full data fusion, we need to emulate the model of the mobile ecosystems and their applications: Hide all underlying hardware and software complexity, and provide platforms to simplify and accelerate the creation of value.

We truly need places for developers to create new and incredible IoT-based services, where it’s easy to connect devices; and most importantly, where data can be accessed regardless of its origin, regardless of its type, and regardless of silos.

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Our Solution is SAMI

At Samsung, we have been working to create this place. It’s called SAMI.  Note to readers:  SAMI transitioned into a full commercial platform in April 2016 under a new name: ARTIK Cloud. Please see https://artik.cloud/.

We started less than three years ago, with this clear vision of IoT and a focus on its potential value. To create SAMI, we built a startup within a new Samsung group: Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center, whose mission is to accelerate innovation. Last year, we opened SAMI to the public.

SAMI is a place to create the next generation of IoT applications. It’s an open ecosystem for IoT developers to connect devices and create services easily, using IoT data, bypassing all the complexity of connectivity, storage, and data access. Far beyond ‘yet another IoT platform’, SAMI is a platform where there is no silo. Secure, seamless data fusion is at the heart of SAMI’s value proposition: it’s a secure data broker in the cloud.

We designed SAMI with three core principles:

  • It’s fully open. Data can come from any device. Devices are connected directly to SAMI or via an existing cloud (SAMI offers an open framework to easily create bridges with other clouds), so there are no silos from the developer’s perspective. SAMI is for devices from Samsung as much as from any other company in the world. And these may be devices of any kind and any profile: for instance, we have very simple devices currently sending one message per day, and others (like Simband, a digital health device) sending 1 million or more messages per day.
  • It’s data agnostic. We don’t believe in imposing new standards for IoT. Rather, we think cloud computing is the right answer to ingest data regardless of its format, size, or encoding. Devices send data in the manner that is most appropriate to them and their constraints. After SAMI collects it, we massage the data—”normalizing” the data to make it more accessible and easier to understand and use.
  • It’s a private data bank. Security and privacy are a big deal in IoT, and in SAMI the user always owns their data and grants access rights to only the services they wish to use. There are full security and privacy controls for developers and users to request and grant access to data. Samsung doesn’t claim any ownership over the data.

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Most importantly, SAMI is a developer-oriented platform. We need to empower developers, since they are the ones who will collectively fuel the explosion of IoT-based services with their expertise and creativity.

Today, SAMI is focused on accelerating the road to build those applications that will unlock the promise of IoT. That means simple and powerful APIs for everything: data ingestion and retrieval, user and device management, and more. Similarly, we are continuously adding tools and features to help developers cut down efforts to implement custom logic in their services, such as a rule engine and a data visualization toolkit. All of these tools and APIs adhere to SAMI’s core principles—no silos, and fully data agnostic—and function with any data from any device.

The Internet of Things is essentially a data platform: let’s keep this big picture in mind as we connect everything, so that we can build the next revolution of digital services drawing from this unprecedented new data sphere. With SAMI as our contribution, we propose that enabling true data fusion is the future of IoT, and the gateway to launching and monetizing incredible new offerings for consumers.

Please visit us at http://samsungsami.io, follow our blog and look at our Developer site.

Note: We have spent the past year working with developers to build the best pricing model and plan to offer SAMI commercially in the coming months, including full integration with Samsung’s ARTIK platform for IoT.

Jerome DubreuilAbout Author

Jerome Dubreuil, Senior Director at SSIC; Twitter: @jeromedubreuil

One of the first members of SSIC, he joined less than three years ago to build SAMI and the team behind it. SAMI is a new kind of platform with a big vision for the Internet of Things: to break device/vendor silos and make any IoT data available simply and safely so developers can create real value for the consumer.

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The Next Major Tech Convergence: Virtual, Augmented Reality

Written By Captain Philippe Lewicki of HTMLFusion

With so many developments in virtual reality this year, many of us are excited about a coming boom in 2016. I am too — but I am less focused on VR mobile apps or the endless cool hardware and gadgets appearing daily on my screen (though I admit to finding them very enticing.) I am most excited about what these advancements mean for us when everything comes together.

I believe we are on the verge of a major new technical convergence where augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things will change our world as dramatically as the emergence of smartphones did.

Hear more about the Future of Virtual Reality from the CTO of Juant here.

Phillipe Lewicki talks at the Tech in Motion 50K Celebration in Los Angeles, above.

The last time we saw this happen was in 2007.  A well-timed merging of cellular technology, capacitive screens and UI design — mixed by the legendary Steve Jobs — set the stage for a world craving things like mobile apps and image sharing.

We love all this technology, but it stresses us out. These machines are here to increase our productivity, entertain us and improve our social connections; however, our laptops and phones are cumbersome and not designed for our human bodies. Relying heavily on these physical machines dampens our capacity to connect with others and discourages us from participating in activities where we move around.

This can be resolved. We are in the process of better integrating the machines in our lives. With this next major conflux, we will be connected to our devices in an intuitive way. These physical limitations will begin to disappear.

A combination of factors makes this possible. First, after enduring decades of false promises, we are finally seeing AI deliver results, thanks to new learning machines and neural network technologies. Programs like Siri and Google Now show how our voice can command actions on our screen, and the last few years have proven that they only get smarter.

Add to this the Internet of Things, which emphasizes how the Internet is beginning to transcend our phones and laptops to operate within our watches, glasses, audio speakers and thermostats. These devices are connected and responsive.

Integrate the concept of mixed realities and you can begin to see the possibilities.

In our weekly labs at HTML Fusion, we focus on how this future will look and feel. Our visit to Microsoft’s HoloLens Academy gave us a peek into what was possible. We continue to learn more and more about manipulating augmented reality spaces as we spend our weeks teaching machines to respond to our movements and desires.

We call this work the Holo UI. It is our platform for exploring how we control augmented reality, and it’s a small window into the converging future. You can consider it a seed.

This is a tool for a much more immersive experience. Our machines are integrating into our physical world, learning to interact with us naturally. Our cell phones, laptop, and desktop computers will slowly disappear and be replaced by more human-like interactions. We can still be productive and connected without staring at the screen.

Humans were designed to be moving, not stuck behind a screen and keyboard. This convergence will let us move again.

I am excited to work with my team, and a growing community of inspired entrepreneurs, to actively create this future and the way we use these machines — and make the impossible possible. This convergence is happening now, so the time has come for us to define how we will interact with technology, the Internet and each other. Now is our a chance to make this technology more human.

Follow HTML Fusion’s blog and @htmlfusion on Twitter for a weekly window into their latest tech discoveries.

You can also see innovative speakers in Virtual Reality and beyond at Tech in Motion Events across North America. Check out the event calendar.

team_philippeAbout the Author

Philippe Lewicki, Captain at HTMLFusion

HTMLFusion is a Culver City-based team of veteran developers working with mixed reality environments and creating successful businesses with entrepreneurs who have great ideas. Most recently, they were invited to the HoloLens Academy to share and explore their augmented reality work.

Their current project is a user-friendly virtual reality platform for real estate called OpenHouse VR.

How to Win Big with (I)IoT, Industrial Analytics & Big Data

Written By Rick O’Brien, President of SemperCon.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is on track to change the way businesses work. Enterprises are already going digital—employees are using mobile devices to access information, communicate and collaborate. Just as mobile devices and applications have become ubiquitous, cloud connected sensors, industrial devices, machinery and equipment are also being developed at a rapid rate.

sempercon cloud iot Companies that depend on durable, physical goods to conduct business—from manufacturing, mining and agriculture to healthcare organizations, transportation and logistics—are already realizing the opportunity of the Industrial Internet of Things. In a recent survey of 450 businesses across the world, 30 percent indicated that they already adopted IoT technology. In another, half of the interviewed business leaders indicated IoT as a key priority in their strategic use of technology to win, serve and retain customers.

Want to get into a career with Internet of Things? Here are some IoT-involved openings.

Whether a business serves consumers or other businesses, IIoT can help with more fully engaging customers, increasing productivity and simplifying internal processes. The productivity gains associated with IIoT enabled business models can be significant. Recent studies have estimated that manufacturers, for instance, can boost productivity as much as 30 percent and reduce maintenance costs by as much as 30 percent with IIoT. Businesses more interested in boosting customer value leverage IIoT solutions in order to commercialize industrial analytics and business intelligence. By taking a ‘big data’ approach and launching product-service hybrid offerings, significant value is extracted from IIoT.

cloud imageSuch solutions produce a large volume and variety of data that IT departments must be prepared to manage. The sheer volume and structure of data collected from hardware devices challenge conventional data storage methods. Businesses that require real-time business process support from IIoT systems will need to scale fast enough to transfer the entire collection of raw data being generated to and from a location.

Industrial IoT solutions’ administrative and user dashboards differ to some extent based on whether they are designed to drive new revenue or promote internal cost savings. Generally, system administrators should be able to control features, manage users, and access real time system diagnostics and reporting via a cloud-based dashboard.  Alerts and notifications also play an integral role for IIoT solutions. Well configured user monitoring and alert functions allow business leaders and administrators to keep their fingers on the pulse of their business—supporting user adoption and customer utilization. When developing customer-facing solutions, convenience will be especially critical. Tech buyers value mobility and thus prefer IIoT solutions with mobile accessible user dashboards.

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The user interfaces of IIoT apps must present data so that it’s both useful and immediately actionable. Data filtering, predictive and visual analytics can all be used to simplify IIoT data and enable smarter business decision making. Industrial IoT solutions must also grow smarter as users think of innovative ways to apply its business intelligence. Data service exchanges allow IT leaders to extract critical data points from a wider pool of devices and partner with third party data service providers to continuously evolve their IIoT offering.

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We are still at a stage where few IT leaders understand the process of developing an Industrial IoT solution. The properties encapsulated above only brush the surface of meaningfully applying IIoT to businesses. This IIoT strategic planning checklist covers 50+ practical and technical IT requirements that should be evaluated when determining how IIoT can evolve your business processes and customer offering.

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About the Author

Rick O’Brien is a serial entrepreneur with 20 years experience leading product development, marketing and sales for mobile, hardware and software technology startups and enterprises. Nearly eight years ago he launched Sempercon, a software development firm that specializes in building Internet of Things, mobile and web app solutions for enterprises and startups.

The Internet of Things 101

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Are you ready for your front door to be able to talk to your alarm clock? Prepare yourself, because one of the tech world’s biggest buzzwords is on that route.

It has been argued that the term internet of things should be changed to the internet of everything. With the capability to connect your phone, laptop or tablet to all the appliances in your home, your car and even your dog, it’s easy to argue that anything can be connected these days.

If you’re looking for a position in IoT or another tech field, check out the job board here.

Internet of things or IoT for short, is described as the connection of non-traditional devices such as security systems, thermostats, cars, electronic appliances, lights in households and commercial environments, alarm clocks, dog collars, vending machines and much more. These devices utilize embedded technology to connect with an external environment through the internet. Most IoT devices have sensors that can act as your eyes and ears in your home or business. These sensors can register changes in environment, movement, temperature, amount of light, water pressure – even air quality.

Delve deeper into Internet of Things with Industrial IoT: Read “How to Win Big with (I)IoT, Industrial Analytics & Big Data” from Sempercon. 

IoT is making our lives easier, keeping us connected and increasing productivity. Naturally, this topic is driving several Tech in Motion events across the nation, and even inspiring Tech in Motion stories. On September 17th in Santa Clara, some true innovators in the IoT space will be demonstrating at Tech in Motion’s IoT Demos & Drinks, including one company that took to addressing California’s water crisis.WaterBit-LOGO1-copy-636_114

WaterBit has created a sensor that enables growers to optimize yields as a primary outcome, through soil monitoring and related irrigation control.” This sensor allows growers to prevent over-watering and reserve California’s precious water supply. WaterBit can also be used by homeowners by empowering them with the ability to understand, control and monitor water quality and usage for the entire home (or business).

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When it comes to having fun with IoT Hurley research has got you covered with their product Droidle. They are tiny fun robots that can be connected to social media. Droidles can also be considered as a learning tool because they teach programming trough your smart phone. They are a great way to introduce children to robotics, engineering and developing software.tend-insights-86560506 (1)  Tend Insight has your home covered, even when your away! They have created “lifestyle smart home products and apps that deliver awareness and insights through immersive experiences powered by computer vision technology.” They offer live video streaming and cloud recording so you can monitor your home ecosystem from anywhere.

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FlipFlic, a product designed by Comfee, uses solar power to adjust your blinds to close when the sun is shining through the windows and overheating your home. This helps save on heating and cooling bills, plus you can adjust the settings for you Flipflic by syncing it to your smartphone.

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SIGFOX wants to help you keep all of your “things” connected and the price low. “SIGFOX is the first and only company providing global cellular connectivity for the Internet of Things, fully dedicated to low-throughput communications.”

Want to demo at one of our events? Contact a Tech in Motion event specialist near you here.

We look forward to seeing these demo companies in action. Don’t want to miss out? RSVP for this event on the Tech in Motion Silicon Valley meetup page.

Year in Review Panel Discussion: Net Neutrality, Cyber Security and IoT

On Tuesday, January 27th, tech enthusiasts around the Washington metropolitan area braved the snowy weather to gather at 1776’s downtown location for Tech in Motion’s ‘A Year in Review’ panel discussion. Mike Chan, co-founder of local startup ribl and organizer of Startup Weekend DC, moderated the discussion. Panelists included Rob Pegoraro (Yahoo Tech), David Young (VP of Public Policy, Verizon), Lauren Maffeo (Aha! Labs), Patrick Merfert (9Lenses), and Mike Leurdjik (Core Capital).

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Upon arriving, attendees were encouraged to enjoy some light networking before taking their seats to listen to the discussion on the biggest tech headlines of the past year as well as predictions for the upcoming year. Before the panel took to the stage to discuss the past year’s tech headlines, a few words were spoken by representatives from event sponsor companies Jobspring PartnersWorkbridge Associates, and Verizon FiOS.

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Mike Chan launched the discussion by making introductions down the line, and launched the conversation by asking each panelist to reflect on one big technology-related headline of the past year. With the annual State of the Net address having occurred earlier that day at the Newseum, Rob and David kicked things off seamlessly with a passionate dialogue about Net Neutrality, with each representing opposite sides and debating the pros and cons of net neutrality, title II, and Section 706. David finished the discussion by summarizing his stance supporting net neutrality rules, but asserted that implementation of title II would be a mistake.

Lauren then steered the conversation towards Fintech, a movement focused on disrupting the banking industry which gained tremendous momentum this past year. As an example, she cited the hugely popular Transferwise which has recently announced a 58M round of funding to expand their offerings internationally.

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Almost inevitably, the dialogue turned towards the security breaches of the past year. Corporations such as Home Depot and Target fell prey to credit card hacks, the now infamous Sony hack revealed multitudes of confidential data, and the Central Command Twitter account (@centcom) was hacked while President Obama was giving a speech on the importance of cyber security–all of which served to highlight the growing importance of this industry.

“A scary trend that we have been seeing and will continue to see is data breaches. The size, volume, and sophistication of these attacks are increasing,” Patrick stated.

He spoke at length about cyber security and the seriousness of the problems that it’s presented. Despite these problems, Patrick also highlighted an upside to the issue.

“The silver lining about this is that it’s a great opportunity for security and defense startups,” Patrick noted. “[There is] a ton of opportunity for new entrants and agile startups to tackle these specific types of attacks.”

In a change of pace, Mike Leurdijk observed that the rate of change in the industry has continued to trend upwards over time. Resources are becoming more easily accessible and there is an increase in the amount of disruptors and collaboration occurring in the space.

“This [the rate of change] is something that’s increased from the past few years and it will continue to improve,” Mike stated. “It’s cheap, affordable to become an entrepreneur, there’s a huge amount of opportunity in the enterprise space, you see corporate VCs going further…it’s an exciting time to be here.

Predictions for trends and headlines to look for in 2015 covered a wide breadth of the sector in the conversation. Topics included technology in the enterprise space moving to the consumer level, wearables continuing to tailor their offerings to fulfill the market need for devices that specifically address and target consumer needs, a value shift in startup accelerators and the democratization of angel investing.

Lauren predicted that cyber security and the broader genre of privacy will only increase in importance and relevancy. A recent study by Cisco estimated that 25 billion devices will be connected to the Internet and make up the Internet of Things in 2015.

“Global governments will not able to keep up with growing technology demands, therefore it will be up to startups and corporations to promote privacy and trust,” Lauren predicted.

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A topic that was perhaps the most popular in its prediction of continuing to trend from 2014 in to 2015 was the theme of diversity in technology. Mike Chan started things off by discussing how the lack of diversity seen is the black eye of the industry. When speaking on the diversity reports that companies are feeling pressured to release, he asked if these reports were part of a PR stunt.

Rob was quick to point out that of the companies that have actually released reports; their findings don’t necessarily cast them in the best light. An example cited was Twitter’s diversity report that resulted in backlash for not having a single female on their board. The debate then morphed into how to bring about change and increase diversity.

“The idea is to let this diversity happen more organically,” Lauren weighed in. “Once you start talking about setting quotas or things of that nature, that’s when things start to get tricky.”

Mike Leurdijk kept things in perspective when discussing the amount of time that it will take to make that change happen.

“Change needs to start at the bottom. It’s a cultural change that needs to happen. It will take a long time, but keep encouraging that change,” he asserted.

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After the discussion came to a close, there was a brief Q&A section. The audience, as ever, was filled with engaged and inquiring individuals who stayed long after the panel came to an official close to network with one another and speak with the panelists before the space, 1776, closed for the night.

1776 is a prominent startup incubator located in the heart of Washington. The startup incubator is a household name in the DC area, known for everything ranging from their Challenge Cup to visits by prominent figure includingg the British Prime Minister and President Obama. The space, which boasts an ultra-modern and comfortable interior, held the 120+ event attendees easily.

Interested in learning more about the DC chapter of Tech in Motion events? Check out the event page and join this rapidly growing membership base. The next Tech in Motion DC event will be a Demos & Drinks on February 24th at the WeWork WonderBread Factory.

Things CAN Be Easier – With the Help of Wireless & Wearable Tech

bencooperWhy can’t things just be easier? As soon-to-be first time parents (7 more weeks, yay!), we’ve been a bit overwhelmed with all the new categories and products we have to be savvy on. What do I actually need? What’s important? From bottles to strollers, to wipe warmers to pacifier leashes, there are a lot of decisions to be made on what is important and what is “nice to have”. As a bootstrapping entrepreneur, ultimately, our decision-making will hinge on what we absolutely need and what will keep our child safe.

Sensible Baby came from a real problem. When we first came together, Jeff Tagen, our CTO, spoke to us about his experience as a first-time father. He recalled sneaking into his infant daughter’s room to check on whether she was still breathing. Fortunately when he discovered she was, he had to figure any way possible not to wake her back up! With the state of wireless technology and the ever-growing industry of wearable technology, we knew there was a solution; we just had to find it. After some tinkering around for a weekend, we had a working prototype that connected to our iPhones and did what we wanted it to do. It was rough, very rough, but it worked and gave us confidence that it was possible.

The bottom line is, things can be easier! At Sensible Baby, we developed a wearable baby monitor that syncs with your smart device in a matter of two clicks. The future is here. We’re connecting parents with their babies, but we’re not the only ones streamlining experiences with things around us. the Internet of things is growing at a rapid rate. In the 90’s and early 2000’s we experienced the webbing effect of the virtual Internet. During this decade, we’re ushering in the connection of physical things.

I love to brew beer. When I have a free weekend in the fall or winter, I’m typically in the kitchen experimenting with a new brew recipe. Last weekend was my kick-off for the season. After spending the typical 3-4 hours measuring ingredients, precisely monitoring the mixture’s temperature and managing the timing of everything, I said to myself “There has to be an easier way”. My next instinct was to search for a system that would automate the tedious processes and allow me to focus on the fun parts: concocting new recipes and sampling the goods. so I typed in a couple keywords into Google to see if anyone else was doing it. Wouldn’t you know, this company Brewbot just closed a successful Kickstarter campaign with a product that does exactly what I was looking for! Anything you’d need to know about your brew is sent directly to your smart phone. At any moment you could find out the alcohol content at a particular stage of the fermentation, the brew temperature, yeast activity, and the list goes on. The best part is you get a text message when the brew is ready for consumption. Perfecto!

Even simple home appliances are making the transition to the smart device world. Nest, the creators of the Nest Thermostat, have made managing your home temperature a smart and money-saving activity. Their thermostat learns what your ideal room temperature should be, based on your activities, preferences, environmental conditions and daily habits. You can even control it from your smart device while you’re not home. They just recently came out with the Nest Protect. This system brings smoke and carbon monoxide detection into the 21st century. Not only do you have the luxury of monitoring from your smart device, but if you have the Nest Thermostat, they’ll communicate with each other in the event of an unsafe change in your home (i.e. fire, excessive carbon monoxide levels, etc).

Ultimately, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Our world will experience connectivity beyond our current imaginations. The day has come when you can easily brew your favorite microbrew with no prior experience. There will also be a day very soon when the temperature adjusts automatically in your child’s room based on the immediate temperature surrounding them. All this information will be at our fingertips the instant it happens. The potentials are endless.