May 2, 2009

Internet of Things Europe 2009 Conference - Internet Rabbits, Mirrors, Stamps, and More!

The Internet of Things Europe 2009 conference, focusing on emerging technologies for the future, will be held on May 7th and 8th in Brussels at the Sofitel Brussels Europe hotel.

Rafi Haladjian, a co-founder of Violet, will be presenting at the conference during the following session on Thursday, May 7th.

Session 2: Innovation and emerging technologies and business models
"This session will explore what emerging innovations, technologies and market trends are being seen now, and which are likely to emerge in the future. What are the research requirements and obstacles in terms of affordability, usability or accessibility that need to be addressed? How will economic, technological and application trends drive the evolution of architectures for the ‘Internet of Things’? What successful business models are already being seen today, and how can these be adapted with future technological developments?"

In a previous post, "The Internet of Things can be Cute: MIR:ROR by Violet", I discussed how RFID is being used in a variety of playful ways to trigger a link to information.The following video from the Violet website explains how MIR:ROR uses little RFID stamps to interact with the Internet and activate things through the MIR:ROR. Each stamp has an e-mail address.

The rabbit in the picture below is called Nabaztag, from Violet, the first Internet-connected Rabbit. He hears, he reads, and he speaks. He can wake you up, give the weather forecast, update you on your friends face-book and twitter status. He can also send music, e-mail messages, and read stories.

The little rabbits have been around for quite a while. Below is an opera composed by Antoine Schmitt and Jean-Jacques Birge, following an idea by Guylaine Monnier:

90 of the rabbits were brought to the performance by their owners, and ten were supplied by Violet.

You can purchase books from the Violet website for 3 to 7 year old children. These books feature Ztamps, that are recognized by the MIR:ROR and the Nabaztag rabbit, and will read the book to the child.

On a more serious note, here are a few other sessions that I'd be interested in attending at the Internet of Things conference:

Session 5: Privacy, Security & Data Protection
"Although privacy and data protection policy has become increasingly sophisticated since the emergence of the Internet, controversies are likely to accelerate with the new applications likely to be encountered in the Internet of Things. Security issues, particularly surrounding unauthorised access to and unintended disclosure of data are becoming more prevalent. What qualitatively new challenges are presented by the Internet of Things? How can the rights of citizens or businesses in one country be safeguarded on global networks? Whatrights pertain to Things on the Internet of Things?"

Session 6: Service Architecture and Communication
"The range of connectivity options available is bewildering - but the challenges of scalability, interoperability and ensuring return on investment for network operators remain. How will communication needs change as a result of the Internet of Things? What new service architectures will be required to cater for the connectivity demands of emerging devices? How will spectrum rights holders participate in the Internet of Things"

(A similar post is on the Technology Supported Human-World Interaction blog.)

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