The Internet of Things (IoT) has generated a lot of hype in recent years, but is there substance to match the column inches?
Computing's Internet of Things Business Summit, to be held on 12 May in central London, will cut through the buzzwords and explain exactly where and how businesses can benefit, and how to avoid the pitfalls.
But for now, have a look at our list of the top TED Talks on the topic, from a variety of technology luminaries.
Dr John Barrett is Head of Academic Studies at the Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research at the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Group Director of the Centre's Smart Systems Integration Research Group. His research is focused on packaging, miniaturisation and embedding of smart systems in materials, objects and structures. He has been active in Irish and European R&D projects in the areas of packaging and systems integration for almost 30 years and has over 100 publications in topics related to his field.
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Benson Hougland has a passion for technology of all kinds that drives a deep desire to make his work and the world around him better. His interests include making wine, making music, and making memories with family and friends in activities like boating, camping, and travelling.
Benson is a 17-year Temecula resident, husband, and father of two elementary school boys and an adult daughter. As vice president at Opto 22, a local software developer and hardware manufacturer of products used in the industrial automation and information technology markets, he's responsible for product evolution, marketing, training, and communications.
Ashkan Fardost talks about the IoT, what we can expect in the future and how far the technology has come.
Fardost is an active speaker, writer, workshop leader and consultant, who is also a scientist in the research labs of Uppsala University, within the fields of organic and medicinal chemistry. The core theme of his talk at TEDx Östersund is how the IoT can improve societies and economies of all shapes and sizes, on a magnitude beyond our current imagination.
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