April 2018

Internet of
Invariably I try to learn about new technology. That is what I am doing now with the new ontology that is called the Internet of Things. But the more I read the more things I discover that are part of this semantic. You may find all of these fancy big words to be a bit esoteric! The Internet of Things is real and it is important and a good development, if only one new development, in technology. We need to adapt to this new rubric. When I take notes on the subject of The Internet of Things however my list keeps expanding. The same thing happens when I get out my Arduino building blocks that I purchased at Radio Shack when they still had stores and were not entirely online: pretty soon I have a complete mess and nothing works. Before long I have an expanse of details that has become unmanageable. Then I sometimes ask if there is a better way! Organizing my thoughts and materials helps but is not all there is to it. Having a focus and being clear about what
Witherspoon Street
Building Blocks of the
Internet of Things
Perhaps we have been missing out on the new revolution in technology. On the one hand we are all starting to speak rather glibly about the new “Internet of Things” in the same way that we spoke of the World Wide Web 25 years ago and “Web 2.0” not so very long ago either. On the other hand, inventors and manufacturers of all types are learning of the ability of 3D printing to recreate our world. The “Things” that we need for the Internet of Things (IoT) we can practically create on the other side of our basement using additive machining technology. Yet what is a Thing? We can say a thing is “an inanimate object distinguished from a living being.” But in a surreal way we are starting to talk about “smart things,” that is coffee pots and refrigerators and thermos that are said to “know” when it is time to “brew,” “reorder supplies” or call your cellular phone. Like advertising from the 1950s or the initial promises of the Internet in 2000, these improvements to ordinary things are shown to be revolutionary in concept. Without being overly critical of our human nature to hold high and sometimes unrealistic expectations, the Internet of Things revolution occurring today is critically important to our ability to maintain our standard-of-living and continue to progress as a civilization. The Industrial Revolution is long past (reference) but we still need mechanical and electronic devices. This book will show you how to choose the basic building blocks to build your own Internet of Things. Examples for the Internet of Things Refrigerators that reorder supplies from the Internet. Give me a break! What if I can’t get into the refrigerator because it is locked. But don’t laugh; that could really happen! People are locked out of security

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