I just received the following email from my old chum Sylvie Barak, communities and university program manager at Atmel.
"I've got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty, I've got whozits and whatzits galore! You want thingamabobs? I've got twenty! But who cares? No big deal. I want more!" -- Arielle, aka The Little Mermaid, discussing the Internet of Things circa 1989.
Who doesn't love connected things? Right? I mean, it's one thing to have lots of things, but having lots of connected things that can interact and actually do, um, connected things... well, it's an awesome thing! Really, it is.
And to celebrate the awesomeness of connected things, web communication company, Kaazing, is holding a conference (a "ThingTank," if you will) on May 5-6 at San Francisco's Marriott Fisherman's Wharf.
IoT Expo 2014 will be the first in a series of conferences being hosted by the firm, with a stellar list of guest speakers coming to tout all things IoT from the connected home, to smart meters, to the connected car, smart grids, personal wellness, and connected health. Lots to "thing about," innit?
For instance, did you know that, by 2020, the boffins reckon five billion people will be using the Web. By then, there will be at least 10x that number of connected "things" -- probably more.
For those of you not too sharp on the old mental arithmetic, that's some 50 billion things with trillions of connections between them, always-on, always-connected, and always trying to communicate. Like a hyperactive two-year-old, but with trillions of dollars' worth of money-making potential!
There's still time to sign up for IoT Expo, and we hear there may even be some special discounts available to the early birds among you Johnny-come-latelys!
It may just be Sylvie's infectious enthusiasm, but I, for one, would really like to attend this event. I only wish I'd known about it sooner. It's a bit of a trek to San Francisco from Huntsville, Ala., where I currently hang my hat. (I moved here from England for the nightlife, LOL.) But for those of you who live closer to San Francisco, this could be an event that's well worth attending.
— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting