2Protesters Decry China’s Human Rights Record at CeBIT
3Other Protesters Object to China’s Internet Restrictions
4You Can Even Connect a Bicycle to the Internet of Things
This German-made Canyon bicycle is equipped with a reporting module that’s installed inside of the bike’s frame. The module includes a GPS and has a SIM card so that the owner can track the bicycle if it’s stolen, it can call emergency workers if it crashes, it can monitor its own maintenance needs, and it can even order spare parts.
5Your Desktop Things
Intel and Hewlett-Packard are demonstrating the practical use of an IoT device that’s available now. This wireless docking station can sense when a properly equipped laptop is within range and transfer control to the docking station. Dell is making a similar device. In either case, the laptop needs to be equipped with a new gigabit wireless communications device.
6Creating Industrial Designs on an iPad
Designer Polina Slobodchikova from RoboChop begins a design using an iPad. The design will be produced on a networked industrial robot once she uploads it. The RoboChop software will run on any computer or mobile device running a supported browser. I was able to create a much less elegant design using my Windows laptop computer.
7The Design Software Works With a Variety of Drawing Tools
8The Design Becomes Reality
The robot shows off the first cut on Slobodchikova’s design. It will turn and rotate the high-density foam cube to align it properly with the cutting device. When it’s finished, the project will be placed on the shelves in the background, where it will later be collected for shipping. Anyone can try submitting a design at robochop.com during CeBIT. Designs that are chosen will be sent to the robots for production.
9Monitoring Production Progress
10Building a Security Camera Network on the IoT
Evercam.io has developed a way to include standard cameras, whether they’re security cameras or something else, into the Internet of things by creating a management network that can talk to any of them. Here a security solution from Evercam links two security cameras and a camera phone into an IoT network so they can be used in a security system. The security systems can be aggregated and used to cover very large installations ranging from apartment and condominium complexes to factories.
11Using the IoT to Aggregate Alarm Systems
Security is turning out to be a hot area for companies developing applications for the Internet of things. Here, a self-contained, multifunction IoT alarm from Novi is tripped by SD Times reporter Alyson Behr as she approaches the device. These multifunction alarms can be aggregated into a much larger system and can be assembled into a remotely monitored alarm system, or they can operate independently.
12Managing IoT Security in the Cloud
13Manufacturing on Demand Using the IoT
14Going From a Photo to an Etching Machine on the IoT
15How Lego Blocks Support a Production Machine
Here’s a look at the interior of the network-connected laser etching device that performed the final manufacturing steps in this IoT demonstration. And yes, this machine is built from the basic engineering prototype construction material of choice in nearly any industry, Legos.