Posts Tagged ‘RFID’

The Internet of Things is All Around You


Drew Hendricks of Sys-Con recently wrote, “Over the course of the past decade, there’s been a lot of hype pertaining to the Internet of Things (IoT) and how China leads the U.S. in this technology – yet many who are active on the Internet are still unaware of its existence. In its simplest form, IoT is an evolving wireless network of objects and devices that will eventually all be connected with each other. Using RFID, Bluetooth, GPS and other emerging semantic technology, and working in tandem with cloud computing, Web portals and back-end systems, in essence our “things” will be be able to “talk” with each other.” Read more

Showing at The International American Toy Fair: Tangible, Touchable Semantic Technology

The coolest thing at the 109th International American Toy Fair in New York City this week might have been the Lazer Tag Blaster or the World of Warcraft version of Monopoly. Or, for semantic tech aficionados, it would have been Uma’s semantic Skin multitouch display installation. Even the Power Rangers were getting into it (see photo).

Here is the marriage of semantic technology with interactive signage and multi-touch displays, RFID technology, Intel’s Audience Impression Metrics suite, and social media integration. It is, as Christian Doegl, founder and CEO of uma, an example “where semantics gets tangible.”  And touchable by everyone.

For the Toy Fair, Uma got access to the exhibitor database, itself complete with structured metadata such as company name, location on the floor, and Twitter handle. “From this we can build up a semantic database connecting all different databases to the system,” says Doegl.

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Introducing Wikichains

A new article discusses the possible future of shopping and an online database of production data, Wikichains that could enable it. The article begins, “You’re in the local supermarket buying a box of breakfast cereal. You pick up a box and… give it a quick swipe with your smartphone. The near field communications (NFC) transceiver in your phone wirelessly reads the box’s radio frequency identity (RFID) chip… You open your other shopping app… A first-hand account of where the cereal comes from appears on the screen, with the option to listen to comments from the farm workers who grew it. Anecdotes of long hours and unpaid wages accompany some shots of the rainforest that was cleared to make way for the plantation… You put the box back on the shelf.” Read more

uma Raises Over $1MM

Vienna-based semantic technology company uma has raised $1.1 million in funding from and private European investors, according to a recent article: “The company has also appointed new board members, including Heinrich Schuster, former founder and now retired chairman of EPAMEDIA, and Oliver Holle, CEO of and occasional TC guest blogger. uma recently introduced a semantic display product, called uma SKIN, for digital content producers, including corporations, retailers, and brands.” Read more