Internet of Things – What it is all about and how you can use the power of the crowd to test it

Wouldn’t it be great if your refrigerator could be aware of all the food you need and mail the grocery list to your smartphone while you are on the way to the supermarket? Sounds like science fiction, but this can be a reality in the world of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT). But what exactly do we mean when talking about IoT? Kevin Ashton, a British technology pioneer, coined the term “the Internet of Things” in 1999 to describe a system where the Internet is connected to the physical world via ubiquitous sensors. And the international consultancy McKinsey created a definition saying that the Internet of Things consists of “sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects that are linked through wired and wireless networks, often using the same Internet Protocol that connects the Internet”. What seemed to be a vision of the future in 1999, can now be found in our homes and our daily life, for example in the field of smart home products like smart light bulbs, connected toothbrushes and coffee machines. Furthermore, there are gadgets like virtual reality glasses, headsets, and cameras. In addition, some close friends, or even you yourself, might wear a smartwatch or drive a connected car. These are just a few IoT-products human beings use daily and there are many more entering the market every day.
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Industry 4.0: Testing the Internet of Things

Last week we described how the next industrial revolution is already happening. A big contributor to that revolution, Industry 4.0, is definitely the Internet of Things (IoT).

A while ago we talked about how the Internet of Things is entering both our homes as well as our everyday lives in a rapid pace.“Things” in the IoT term refers to an immense number of different devices: watches, dishwashers, lightning control, burglar alarms, hotel room keys and even intelligent athletic clothes streaming biometrics like heart rate. Continue reading

The Internet of Things is here to stay. Our reflections from CES 2016!

Last week, a couple of our birds flew over the great pond and landed in the Nevada desert to attend CES 2016. More than 150 000 people attended the event but there was definitely only one true star of the show, the phenomenon called the Internet of Things (IoT). What we are talking about is connected cars, wearables, smart kitchens and even laundry machines that will automatically order new laundry detergent from online retailers when your supply is running low. Almost every company had announcements to share about this booming trend. Continue reading