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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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Bluetooth internet gateway functionality to be incorporated into routers - will this kickstart the transformational wave? http://www.iotaustralia.org.au/2016/02/17/iotnewsglobal/bluetooth-internet-gateway-leads-to-iot/ - joanne.woodrow joanne.woodrow Feb 21, 2016
  • The Digital Mesh - The Device Mesh
    How the use of multiple devices connected to the Internet will affect communication with students and shape future (cross-device) educational applications? Copied from Gartner (http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3143521): The device mesh refers to an expanding set of endpoints people use to access applications and information or interact with people, social communities, governments and businesses. The device mesh includes mobile devices, wearable, consumer and home electronic devices, automotive devices and environmental devices — such as sensors in the Internet of Things (IoT). "In the postmobile world the focus shifts to the mobile user who is surrounded by a mesh of devices extending well beyond traditional mobile devices".- V.Alvarez V.Alvarez Feb 21, 2016 - brenda.frisk brenda.frisk Feb 22, 2016The Internet of Things offers the potential for new and exciting ways to connect and engage evolving our understanding of the world around us shifting us from being a mobile user to a connected user. [Editor's Note: Added here from RQ2.]

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • - gillysalmon gillysalmon Jan 24, 2016~ bring this on asap for me and my students please. But make it easy

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