New Database: The Wolfram Connected Devices Project Launches, an “Internet of Things” Research Tool
Time for a new reference/research resource that has to do with The Internet of Things.
Say hello to the Wolfram Connected Devices Project that launched yesterday.
The project comes from the company that provides the essential Wolfram|Alpha database/reference resource on the open web and a bunch of reference apps for Android and iOS.
Company Founder Steven Wolfram writes:
Today we’re launching the Wolfram Connected Devices Project—whose goal is to work with device manufacturers and the technical community to provide a definitive, curated, source of systematic knowledge about connected devices.
We have a couple of thousand devices (from about 300 companies) included as of today—and we expect this number to grow quite rapidly in the months ahead.
We’re working hard to make the Wolfram Connected Devices Project an important and useful resource in its own right. But in the end our goal is not just to deal with information about devices, but actually be able to connect to the devices, and get data from them—and then do all sorts of things with that data.
Wolfram Also Says:
- To expect new entries/data in the database moving forward.
- The Connected Devices Project data is computable and also accessible via Wolfram|Alpha. Example.
- The project is a part of a long term effort by Wolfram to “inject sophisticated computation and knowledge into everything.” More in this post from November 13, 2013.
On a Related Note…
Smart devices – electronics that connect to other devices or networks, operating interactively and somewhat autonomously – are seeing a surge in consumer interest. Among the survey respondents, 75 percent believe all homes will eventually be equipped with smart technology. Ninety-three percent of the respondents agreed that controlling the home remotely will have a positive impact on the quality of their daily lives. Home security systems, lighting, thermostats, cars, irrigation systems, personal health devices and appliances topped the list of areas for which 25 percent or more of respondents stated that Wi-Fi® connectivity would be a useful feature.
This growing interest comes with a few caveats. Eighty-four percent of consumers cite concerns about integrating smart technologies into their homes – ease of use and compatibility chief among them. A key finding of the study is that consumers want to integrate all their smart devices and appliances in a single home network. Ninety-one percent of consumers are more likely to purchase smart products if they are able to synchronize everything with their existing Wi-Fi network. More than half of respondents already have Wi-Fi enabled household items such as appliances, thermostats or lighting systems.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.