What are Networked Objects?


Networked objects connect the physical world with the world of information through the web. They do so through TCP/IP, the set of standards that enables network connections and specifies how information finds its way to and from myriad connections it contains. TCP/IP was formulated in the 1970s by Vinton Cerf and Robert E. Kahn. The advent of TCP/IP v6, launched in 2006, added enormous new addressing capabilities to the Internet, and enabled objects and the information they might carry in attached sensors or devices to be addressable and searchable across the web. This expanded address space is particularly useful for tracking objects that monitor sensitive equipment or materials, point-of-sale purchases, passport tracking, inventory management, identification, and similar applications. Embedded chips, sensors, or tiny processors attached to an object allow helpful information about the object, such as cost, age, temperature, color, pressure, or humidity to be transmitted over the Internet. This simple connection allows remote management, status monitoring, tracking, and alerts if the objects they are attached to are in danger of being damaged or spoiled. Traditional web tools allow objects to be annotated with descriptions, photographs, and connections to other objects, and any other contextual information.

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  • Internet of Things (IoT) - Kept waiting for someone to include this generic title in either technologies or trends. Surprised it hasn't shown up yet. Allowing for the normal hype excitement it is definitely a trend that will no doubt have an impact on T&L. We are now entering, if not there, a world with pervasive connectivity between objects that are able to interact with their local environment: sensors, processors, data capture and analysis, mechanical devices, etc. How do we make sense of the complexity of this distributed ecosystem, to arrive at some desired objective? How do we build complex integrated educational systems leveraging the value from this IoT (maybe even a Blackboard fitbit - see Gilly's comment above for Drones)? - philcounty philcounty Mar 1, 2015 [Editors' Note: Added here from RQ2.]

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