The Internet of (Every)thing(s)?


Whether it was the executive from Cisco during the Internet of Things (IoT) World Forum in London in October 2013 or the hardworking teams at the Maker Faire Newcastle in April 2015, everyone seems to have a different name, ambition, and prediction about the future of the internet.

The most recent trend I have noticed while traveling to different conferences and events is that big corporations tend to make up the fancy words to seem like they know what they are talking about, while the smaller companies are lost between the endless types of technology they can use  for the creations that they don’t even want. I have heard terms such as ¨The Internet of Everything¨ replacing just ¨The Internet of Things¨ and even rediculous creations such as ¨The Fog¨ being a layer between our devices and ¨The Cloud¨.

In all 3 years the progress has continued in off-the-shelf devices and components have continued to shrink. However, for the makers the progress has not occured fast enough yet. Cisco claims that there will be 20 Billion devices in the world by 2020, but currently the technology for developers often lacks quality and doesn’t convince the masses. Arduino has been the standard board for development for the last years, and requires a range of shields in order to actually be used in the field. As seen in the picture on the right, modified shields must be used to connect devices to the GPRS network, which is very costly, unreliable, and power-inefficient. Thankfully, along with a group of developers, I have had the pleasure to be at the frontier of IoT device development.

Article by olliesmeenk

I was born in the Netherlands but raised in Tanzania. My primary interest is in modern business, with a tendency to prefer working on technical concepts. I launched a Kickstarter campaign for my product called SODAQ Moja in 2013, and now started my own enterprise which can be found on


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    1. Thanks for the positive feedback!
      In terms of writing I always begin with an initial idea in mind. I will then do some research to find out more about the subject, but I normally do this as I go. Maybe you are afraid to make mistakes in your writing and therefore you don’t begin, so in this case I suggest you try to freewrite a bit and then edit your work afterwards. Good luck.

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