13 Aug 2010

The Internet Of Things - Explained By Children

Recent years have seen increasing chatter about "The Internet Of Things", the widely-agreed next phase in the development of the internet. However, most normal people, with - y'know - lives and stuff, hear that phrase and usually respond with a resounding "huh?". Wikipedia's not much help -
"In computing, the term Internet of Things (also known as the Internet of Objects) refers to the networked interconnection of everyday objects.It is generally viewed as a self-configuring wireless network of sensors whose purpose would be to interconnect all things"
Thanks, Wikipedia.

So, for the rest of the normal world, the nice people over at Latitude went and asked a bunch of children what they thought the future of the internet should look like, and put the results into a quick and easy-to-read video (above). As tends to be the way when you ask kids things, there are some daft ideas, but overall, it paints an easy-to-understand picture of what sort of things the internet - and other household objects - will be capable of ten years from now.

You can also grab a pdf summary of the results here