The Austro-Hungarian Empire, Holy Roman Empire model
"Many of us are familiar with the term Internet of Things, but what does it mean? Is it animal, vegetable or mineral?
"Well, it’s neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire…"
*People are stumbling over this comparison because that is, seriously, really what it’s like. The IoT is not an Internet and it’s not things, but it has EMPIRE written all over it.
10:47 pm • 24 July 2014 • 1 note
IoT format wars at hand
*Worse yet, these four major “formats” (so far) don’t actually cover the entire technological territory. They don’t even “compete,” exactly. Also: What about Spark, Nimbits, Webinos, ThingSpeak… what about Withings, Carriots, Xievely, NinjaBlocks, BergCloud, SmartThings… What about Electric Imp, Sensinode, Eurotech, ioBridge… what about Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart, Zigbee, 6LowPan… ? It really is like the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It might become something huge and peaceable like the European Union, or it might explode into formatting world-war and collapse ignominiously.
"If this works out at all like past format wars, heavyweights will line up behind each different approach and issue lots of announcements about how much momentum theirs are getting," Fried wrote. "One effort will undoubtedly gain the lead, eventually everyone will coalesce and then, someday down the road, perhaps all these Internet of Things devices will actually be able to talk to one another."
So here’s a guide to the current state of affairs in the race to standardize the Internet of Things (…)
Thread is a collaborative effort between Google’s Nest branch, which is the result of Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of the smart thermometer maker in January, and several companies: Samsung Electronics, ARM Holdings, Freescale Semiconductor, Silicon Labs, Big Ass Fans, and a lock company named Yale.
Thread differentiates itself from other protocols by relying on a low-power radio protocol called IPv6 over Low power Wireless Personal Area Networks, or 6LoWPAN. As Thread said in a press release, this will involve mesh networks that “scale to hundreds of devices with no single point of failure” and which feature “banking-class encryption.”
The open source AllJoyn protocol was initially developed by Qualcomm and first presented at the 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. After a few years of middling success with AllJoyn, Qualcomm passed the source code onto The Linux Foundation in December 2013. From there, Qualcomm and The Linux Foundation formed the AllSeen Alliance, enlisting Cisco, Microsoft, LG, and HTC as members, among many others.
AllJoyn provides tools for the entire process of connecting and maintaining devices on a Wi-Fi network. Manufacturers can use the AllJoyn framework to create their own custom apps for onboarding devices onto a Wi-Fi network, complete with control and notification services. (…)
Open Interconnect Consortium
Less than a week before Nest announced Thread, Intel announced its Open Interconnect Consortium, boasting Atmel, Dell, Broadcom, Samsung, and Wind River as members and speaking simultaneously of competition with Qualcomm and collaboration with the open source community.
The press release announcing the formation of the OIC quoted Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, which is also a founding member of the AllSeen Alliance.
At the same time, several members of the OIC spoke anonymously to The New York Times’ Bits blog about a general sense of distrust surrounding Qualcomm’s intentions with AllJoyn.
The OIC is still in its very early stages, but so far the only differences between its effort and the AllSeen Alliance is the rejection of Qualcomm, or any major for-profit vendor, as the creator of an allegedly open-sourced protocol. (…)
It seems the member companies just wanted the world to know that a collaborative effort was underway, without the influence of Qualcomm.
Industrial Internet Consortium
Announced in March, the Industrial Internet Consortium was founded by Intel, Cisco, AT&T, GE, and IBM with the goal of developing standards specifically for industrial use of the Internet of Things.
The IIC has yet to release any specifications, but a blog post published on June 30th announced Microsoft’s addition to the group and detailed the growing interest in the consortium since its launch in March.
What remains to be seen is whether the IIC was an attempt to increase awareness on this often overlooked IoT market, or if it will actually contribute to it.
Amid the confusion, rumors have emerged claiming that the smartphone market’s two most dominant factions may turn their attention toward the IoT market.
Google, of course, is less likely to reshape Android as an IoT system now that its Nest unit is heading up Thread. However, Android is likely to integrate with Thread in some way. It will be interesting to see how Android’s massive market share affects Thread’s adoption among developers and manufacturers.
Apple, meanwhile, is famously tightlipped about any new market it may enter. If nothing else, Apple will see even more rumors, and Apple could always use more of those.
5:05 pm • 24 July 2014
*It’s hard to beat for wow-factor. The thing explodes like a pack of popsicle sticks.
sebastian errazuriz’s explosion cabinet lengthens with a single push
(above) explosion cabinet, 2013
maple, glass, and stainless steel
29 1/4 x 56 x 15 7/8 in. (74.30 x 142.24 x 40.48 cm)
carnegie museum of art, pittsburgh, women’s committee acquisition fund
all images courtesy of sebastian errazuriz
for ‘look again’, his first solo museum exhibition opening on september 6th, 2014 at the carnegie museum of art, sebastian errazuriz presents the ‘explosion’ cabinet made from maple, glass, and stainless steel. as a closed unit, the piece stands as wooden credenza with transparent side panels providing a glimpse within its intriguing volume.
a central vertical seam beckons a physical response: with a gentle push, internal rails slide further and further apart until it seems that the cabinet has erupted from its original form. as its exterior extends and extrudes outward, it retains aesthetically beautiful geometric proportions, using complex mechanics perfected by errazuriz over the course of a year (despite borrowing one of cabinetmaking’s oldest tricks, the sliding dovetail). exhibition curator rachel delphia describes the piece as ‘a beautiful, surprising, and confounding work that represents the playful conceit of the master cabinetmaker showing off.’
10:58 am • 24 July 2014