Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) prototype for the planned city of Masdar

Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) prototype for the planned city of Masdar

A link to Hammersmith’s latest thought piece exploring the opportunities of embedding logic and sensors into vehicles, as well as using social media to enhance the driving experience – from Trapster’s wiki geotagging of speed traps, to the potential to embed sensors in public parking spaces so that drivers can scan for open spaces, to combining DPW and police news feeds into GPS devices so that they provide useful, real-time route information:

http://thehammersmithgroup.com/images/reports/networked_vehicles.pdf

This piece focused more on personal vehicles rather than commercial ones – that would be a piece on its own.

Feel free to share thoughts, as always.

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The good folks at the digital agency 360i came up with a clever hack to make a beer tap that twitters. The tap is connected to an electronic Keg-Meter, which determines flow, and sends tweets whenever a beer is drawn. Awesome proof of concept, and an idea that lends itself to considerable punning:

http://blog.360i.com/360i-news/introducing-tweetingbar

This is the sort of cleverness that we need to see more of – embedding logic, sensors, and transmitters into different objects to see how this transforms our relationship with them.

There are presently slightly under 1.5 billion PCs connected to the Internet, and just over 1 billion net-enabled phones. Mike Nelson (former director of Internet Technology at IBM, the former director of Technology Policy with the FCC, and a professor at Georgetown’s Communications, Culture & Technology program) estimates that as we move from an “internet of PCs” to an Internet of Things, that there will be roughly 100 billion net-enabled devices within the next 5-10 years.

More on this in Hammersmith’s upcoming Networked Objects and The Internet of Things report.

The Nabaztag, the WiFi rabbit by Violet

The Nabaztag, the WiFi rabbit by Violet

This research report from Hammersmith explores how the convergence of smart devices, intelligent buildings, converged systems, and smart grids is laying the foundation for the Internet of Things:

http://thehammersmithgroup.com/images/reports/web4.pdf