Excited to see the progress towards @better_futures Internet of Things Academy by @superflux and partners

I’ve been following Sony’s Futurescapes project for a while, as well as what Superflux are doing with them. (I think it’s one of the best things Sony are investing in as a brand). Superflux have just blogged about the second phase of the work they are doing with partners like Technology Will Save Us and the Forum for the Future to build an Internet of Things Academy, something that is much needed and at a time when the vast amount of knowledge out there, such as the content produced by the Internet of Things meetups and the EU Internet of Things website and council can be taken to an actionable next step. There is a growing audience of people interested in and equipped with the knowledge to explore the internet of things, as well as kids growing up now who have an appetite to build and hack using technologies like Arduino and accessible devices like the Raspberry Pi. The larger community can have a role to play in making sure the future for IOT is bright through initiatives like the IOT Academy. Well done, all involved.

Loving @onefinestay’s Sherlock

The thing I like about Sherlock is that it isn’t a product you’d typically expect from an accommodation-listing & concierge service like One Fine Stay. Airbnb’s Wishlists feature is nice but it’s something I would expect from a service like theirs. One Fine Stay have ventured into the IoT world with Sherlock, and when I try to think of other services that have done the same, it’s mostly energy-related, like British Gas/AlertMe or Aviva Drive. It’s certainly exciting: electronic keys that allow you to control your doors from afar, making the problem of lost keys or opening the door for people you know when you’re upstairs that much easier.

Transforming products into services, by @mikekuniavsky

I just came upon this presentation by Adaptive Path and ThingM co-founder Mike Kuniavsky on the Internet of Things, which is becoming a catch-all phrase that encompasses more and more these days, as he rightly says. He talks about the connected web converting products into services, something I’m beginning to think a lot. I went into some of his older presentations, also worth looking at, and especially liked what he says about unboxing and why the phenomenon has lost lustre – because we grew up in a world where physicality of objects was important, but now ‘our objects have become less important than the services they represent’. Also, how one of the biggest challenges in the future is going to be deciding what NOT to do.

Lots of good stuff there.