Author: Dominique Guinard

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Teaching the Web of Things at MIT

The world has changed quite a bit since in 2007 a handful of researchers (yours truly included) got together to talk about the need for working on the application layer of the Internet of Things, aka the Web of Things: The Web of Things is a refinement of the Internet of Things by integrating smart things not only into the Internet (network), but into the Web Architecture (application). @domguinard @vladounet What once seemed a rather sub-optimal idea has now grown into being a de-facto standard for connected products in the IoT. As a result of increasing research and industry interest...

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What is the Web of Things?

Note: this article was first published in the IoT Technica Curiosa magazine. The Internet of Things – IoT for short – is here to stay and to change our world for the better. This grand vision depicts a world where people, buildings, and physical objects are connected to a single and common network. Bottles of soda, lighting systems, cars and everything in between can provide services and exchange data with each other. You might have noticed that the Internet of Things feels very much like an Intranet of Things: to interact with 10 different devices from your phone, you have...

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Operating Systems for IoT Embedded Systems

This post is an excerpt of the Chapter 4 of “Getting Started with Embedded Systems” in Building the Web of Things, a Manning book by Dominique Guinard and Vlad Trifa. There are two broad categories of physical objects in the Web of Things: tagged objects and connected objects. The first category comprises various tagging technologies that are attached to a product, such as barcodes, QR codes, NFC or RFID tags, IR/AR and so on. In this case, objects are not directly connected to the web but only passively, because there’s a need for another device or application to interact with...

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Node.js, GPIO and the Raspberry Pi

This post is an excerpt of the Chapter 4 “Getting Started with Embedded Systems” in Building the Web of Things, a Manning book by Dominique Guinard and Vlad Trifa. In a previous post we talked about the increasing importance of Node.js for embedded systems in the IoT but we didn’t have a concrete look at what using Node.js on an embedded device looked like. In this post we’ll look at what it means for the Raspberry Pi. Installing Node.js on a Raspberry Pi The first step is to install Node on your Pi. The latest versions of Raspbian (the Pi...

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Influencer Series event at USVP

Hi all, we have a short notice but great opportunity for our Californian followers: an invitation to participate to the next Influencer Series. A high profile evening that will be focused on “Unearthing Software & Service Winners in IoT”. These series are high end networking events, capped at 60 leaders chosen by a hosting committee, and hosted at a VC fund office. The event will be the night of Tuesday, September 13 (specific location will be disclosed if an invite is extended) in Menlo Park from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Because these invites are invite-only and capped, a screening...

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Supporting ThingMonk 2016 & IoT Diversity Program

In the early days of the IoT there were a handful of conferences you had to attend every year. Most of these early birds are still in play such as Ubicomp & Pervasive, ACM IoT, RFID Journal Live, O’Reilly Solid or smaller ones such as the very fine Sketching in Hardware or our very own WoT Workshop (edition 2016 taking place real soon!). Things have changed however, with the IoT developing at light speed, conferences and events started to mushroom. There isn’t a city that isn’t organizing it’s dozen of IoT events every month. This is all a bit overwhelming...

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WoT 2016: Seventh International Workshop on the Web of Things

It’s our pleasure to announce the WoT 2016, the seventh edition of the international workshop on the Web of Things. WoT was the first workshop on the topic and where much of the WoT was born, it bootstrapped the community and is definitely the place where WoT researchers and practitioners meet. We look forward to receiving your paper submissions until September 19 and to meeting many of you there! CALL FOR PAPERS – Seventh International Workshop on the Web of Things (WoT 2016) Held in conjunction with IoT 2016, Stuttgart, Germany, November 7-9, 2016. Official workshop site: http://webofthings.org/events/wot/wot2016/ Abstract Continuing...

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Node.js for Embedded Systems

This post is an excerpt of the Chapter 3 of “Node.js for the Web of Things” in “Building the Web of Things“, a Manning book by Dominique Guinard and Vlad Trifa. Long gone are the days when JavaScript was solely used to animate banners on a web page! Thanks to its widespread support by virtually all web browsers, relative ease of use, and flexibility, JavaScript has become the de-facto solution for writing dynamic, client-side applications. Developers usually love or hate JavaScript for various good (or less good) reasons but overall it is safe to say that it isn’t safe anymore...

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Building the Web of Things Book is Out!

December 1oth, 2014 Vlad and I signed a contract with Manning Publications for a book on the Web of Things, a year and 8 month later, we are thrilled to announce that Building the Web of Things is out! We learned the hard way that writing a book is not as trivial as it seems. “Oh, we’ll just refresh our PhD theses and we’re done in a few weeks” has gradually turned into “OK, well, I guess we’ll have to write these chapters from scratch over the next few months. What about the source code? Which source code? Let’s just...

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Free book: Using the Web to Build the IoT

As we speak, “Building the Web of Things”, the world’s first Web of Things book, is in preparation to be printed. Since Vlad and I just couldn’t wait idling we decided to embark on another book adventure: Manning approached us with a great idea, a free e-book (yes free as in free beer!) about the Internet of Things! The very idea of this book is to be a collection of chapters borrowed from other books that will form a basis of technologies that will have a fundamental influence on what the IoT will become! Indeed, the Internet of Things offers...