The other day a colleague and I sat down with one of the engineers in our office to talk about the Internet of Things (IoT). While we talked, he sketched the picture above. It's one of those things that made sense at the time. It's good for a chuckle, right?
The IoT is one of those topics that can be tough to pin down. Developments in IoT move fast, and in that spirit we offer this brief list of blogs to bookmark and Twitter handles to follow to stay up to speed with this rapidly changing sector. We invite you to add some of your favorite blogs on this subject in the comment section below.
About: “The Bosch ConnectedWorld Blog is hosted by Bosch Software Innovations, the Bosch Group’s spearhead for providing software for the Internet of Things. Our bloggers are passionate customers, partners, analysts, guests and associates from the world of Bosch who share a common vision: to make the Internet of Things (IoT) come true.”
Why we like it: A wide range of content on IoT topics including manufacturing, connected cities, energy and technology.
On Twitter @BoschSI
About: “The IBM THINK Blog is dedicated to chronicling the fast-moving world of cognitive computing. Authored by IBM leaders, researchers and scientists, as well as academics and experts across industries, the thought leadership content within IBM THINK Blog provides insights into pivotal and disruptive technologies, such as cloud, analytics, Internet of Things, blockchain and more.”
Why we like it: IoT is but a fraction of the information you can find on IBM’s Think Blog.
On Twitter @IBMIoT
About: “Track the emerging nodes, connections and consolidated layers of the one machine. Facilitate decision-making for businesses and end users in a complex and fragmented marketplace.”
Why we like it: Postscapes isn’t a blog, but it can get you to one. It’s basically an aggregator of all things IoT – news, jobs, projects, education, rankings. And it’s definitely worth a bookmark.
On Twitter @postscapes
About: “We work with the industry’s top technologies, thinkers and companies to tell the stories that drive this world forward. We strive on a daily basis to answer the critical questions on your minds – about the data, privacy, security, and platform issues, and how all these ecosystems come together for you. Our content lives at the intersection of entrepreneurs and enterprise, the birthplace of these new technologies that will impact every industry they touch.”
Why we like it: Who likes a blog that regularly updates its content? We do! We do! ReadWrite keeps the content coming, fast and fresh. Great coverage of all topics within the IoT space, with good use of images, video and external links.
On Twitter @RWW
About: “Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino was born at the Ivrea Interaction Design Institute as an easy tool for fast prototyping, aimed at students without a background in electronics and programming. As soon as it reached a wider community, the Arduino board started changing to adapt to new needs and challenges, differentiating its offer from simple 8-bit boards to products for IoT applications, wearable, 3D printing, and embedded environments.”
Why we like it: The blog showcases how everyday people – okay really creative & smart everyday people – use Arduino open source boards to create really cool IoT projects.
On Twitter @arduino
About: “Adafruit was founded in 2005 by MIT hacker & engineer, Limor ‘Ladyada’ Fried. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels.”
Why we like it: Adafruit succeeds in its mission of creating an exciting and safe sharing space for “makers of all ages and skill levels” with offerings like Circuit Playground videos for kids and Wednesday night feature “Ask an Engineer.”
On Twitter @adafruit
About: “The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) was founded in 1988 and has research facilities in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Bremen and a project office in Berlin. In the field of innovative commercial software technology using Artificial Intelligence, DFKI is the leading research center in Germany.”
Why we like it: This isn't a blog, but I’m biased. I visited the DFKI a couple years ago and had my mind blown. They’re doing very cool stuff both in AI and IoT. There’s even more info available on the website for those who can read German, but it’s worth bookmarking their news page to see what is happening in this rapidly moving field.
On Twitter @DFKI
IoT is touching everything from healthcare to homecare. As you can see from the scope of industries written about in these blogs (and there are many many more), devices and the humans that operate them will connect in ways we can't even imagine yet.
Let the mind-expansion begin.
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