Tedx Talk on the Internet of Things (IoT)

Dr. John Barrett is Head of Academic Studies at the Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Group Director of the Centre’s Smart Systems Integration Research Group.  His research is focused on packaging, miniaturization 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.

The new lingo is “The Internet of Things” aka IoT., may have you believe that you know most of what you need. The Internet is now integrated into your life and business in such a way that “The Internet of Things: appears to be ‘obvious”.

Summary of IoT:

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a scenario in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the Internet.

By 2020, there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet.

For a quick understanding of IoT, Jonathan Strickland takes us on a tour through a living room of the future to see how this “Internet of Things” (IOT) will impact our daily lives.

Application of IoT:

Dr. Barrett compares the IoT to a “Tricorder.” “This is a tricorder from the original series of Star Trek. Captain Kirk and the lads could walk up to anything anybody points the tricorder at the object and they’d learn all about it – it’s physical composition, their state of health if they were hostile, and so on. The IoT will become a tricorder. Walk up to anything and learn more about the pack of food in the supermarket, its ingredients, its origin, dietary allergy advice. Walk up to a piano and find out who was playing over recent years and what music was played on it. A completely new way of interacting with the world.”

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.