At the recentReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit, I convened a session about emerging mobile applications for sensors and otherInternet of Things technologies. It ended up being a lively discussion on the possibilities for new types of mobile apps that will take advantage of sensor and RFID data. The raw notes of the session arehere, thanks to Pat Dash. In this post I’ll flesh out some of the ideas.
This will be a 2-part post. In Part 1, we’ll cover food and supply chain apps, social networking, and retail. In Part 2, we’ll look at future apps for environment, buildings, and health.
Recap of the Technology
First, let’s quickly re-visit the technology. Sensors, barcodes and RFID tags are all emerging methods of connecting real-world objects to the Internet. As I explained inmy keynote presentation at the Mobile Summit, modern smart phones are increasingly being used to read and write this data.
Smart phones can be used as bothreaders (e.g. barcode scanning) andwriters (e.g. swiping your phone over an RFID Reader to purchase a subway ticket).
Sensor technology is one of the most intriguing areas of innovation currently in smart phones. Firstly, the phone may read and act on sensor data from real world objects; data like temperature, noise and activity. Secondly, the phone may be used as a sensor itself; for example enabling other phone-toting people to sense your proximity to them.