There are days for nearly everything nowadays – jogging pants, allergies, penguins, towels, even beer –, so why not an Internet of Things Day?
It is five years since Postscapes and the IoT Council first proclaimed the international Internet of Things Day. They called on IoT enthusiasts around the world to organize small meetings on the subject on April 9. Here is what they say on the website:
The day is designed as an open invitation to the global #IoT Community to join a Meetup, host a hackathon, or just share a beer or coffee with a friend or fellow collaborator focused around the Internet of Things and its implications.
These smaller and larger events around the Internet of Things are now being held for the fifth time. We have taken IoT Day as an opportunity to compile for you a small dossier from our best blog articles about the Internet of Things:
How long has the Internet of Things been around?
You will find in our timeline a brief historical delineation of the Internet of Things. It provides an overview of key milestones like the development of the Gauss-Weber telegraph or the launch of the TCP/IP protocol suite and the influence of interesting contemporaries, including Alan Turing, Marshall McLuhan, and Kevin Ashton.
The five TED Talks we presented to you a few months ago venture, in contrast, to take a look at the future. They included a lecture by the economist Marco Annunziata in which he outlines the Industrial Internet. When intelligent machines, advanced analytical methods and creativity join forces, enterprises benefit, for example, from improvements in machine maintenance. We describe what that means in the article How M2M is Changing Machine Maintenance.
Developers experiment with connected things
Along with enterprises, the driving forces behind the Internet of Things include the maker movement. More and more makers are trying out connected ideas of their own using small, single-board computers like Raspberry Pi. Dutchman Michael Teeuw has connected his mirror with the Internet in this way, for example. We present his project in the article Three Things that Raspberry Pi Puts on the Net.
At times the creativity of the makers unearths curious ideas such as the #OktoberfestOfThings project. In our blog article about it you can read about how two hackers are working on hanging beer tankards around the global data network. Their project has been under way for two years and is taking shape in increasingly specific ways.
From gadgetry to innovation
Our interview with Kai Kreuzer shows that tinkering around in the cellar can lead to more than mere gadgets. As a 12-year-old the developer evangelist Kreuzer was already working on switchable power outlets. He went on to found the open source project openHAB on the basis of which he continues to this day, now at Deutsche Telekom, to take the QIVICON Smart Home platform further forward.