Category Archives: Internet of things

The History of the Internet of Things According to William Belk

From early visionaries to futuristic applications, the Internet of Things was fueled by raw innovation in connectivity and robotics. ~1900: Radio Control http://www.intergalacticvault.com/nikola-tesla-inventions-list-of-7-discoveries-you-may-not-have-heard-of-2016-poll/ ~1960: Hospital Pager https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3B9s6Gbo4A ~1965: Telephone Modem https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modem ~1965: Mechanical/Hydraulic Exoskeleton http://cyberneticzoo.com/man-amplifiers/1966-69-g-e-hardiman-i-ralph-mosher-american/ ~1970: Unmanned Reconnaissance Drone https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Model_147#Ryan_Model_136_Red_Wagon_and_Lucy_LeeContinue reading

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The Internet of Things Launched

Today in 1974, a Universal Product Code (UPC) label was used to ring up purchases at a supermarket for the first time. The first UPC ever scanned is on a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum (now on display at the Smithsonian’s National … Continue reading

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A Very Short History of IT

If you were asked to name the top three events in the history of computer technology (or the history of what came to be known as the IT industry), which ones would you choose? Here’s my very short list: June … Continue reading

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Co-Inventor of Bar Code Dies

From the Associated Press: Norman Joseph Woodland, the co-inventor of the bar code that labels nearly every product in stores and has boosted productivity in almost every sector of commerce world-wide, has died. He was 91…. Woodland and Bernard Silver … Continue reading

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The Internet of Things and People: Only Connect

The European Commission says that “the average person living within the 27-nation bloc has at least two devices connected to the net at present – typically a computer and smartphone. It expects the figure to rise to seven by 2015, with a … Continue reading

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Facebook for Cows?

Three updates on a previous blog post on connected cows and the Internet of Things:

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Of Internet and Things

“The Kinze Autonomy Project, [is] a new set of tractor and grain cart unveiled this Summer that drive themselves to harvest crops and that can make ‘intelligent operational decisions in real time based on field conditions.’ 

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