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How the Internet of Things is hitting home

In a 2011 video, Corning Glass showed off a lot of the technologies that would come to be known as the Internet of Things. The touchscreen bathroom mirror hasn’t yet come to pass, however. (Credit: Corning Glass via YouTube)
In a 2011 video, Corning Glass showed off a lot of the technologies that would come to be known as the Internet of Things. The touchscreen bathroom mirror hasn’t yet come to pass, however. (Credit: Corning Glass via YouTube)

Most consumers don’t know what “the Internet of Things” means, and People Power’s David Moss thinks he knows why.

“Before you can experience what an Internet of Things is, you actually first have to go out and buy an internet-connected thing,” he said Wednesday night at Town Hall Seattle, during an MIT Enterprise Forum presentation about intelligent homes. “And why would you go buy an internet-connecting thing if you don’t know what value it can add to your life?”

To capitalize on the Internet of Things, or IoT, People Power came up with a free app called Presence, which turns a spare smartphone or tablet into a Wi-Fi home security camera.

Moss said he was amazed to discover that the app was being used for much more than home security.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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