December 30, 2008
Network Notebook #2: The Internet of Things

Now that I’ve had some time off teaching over the holidays I’ve been able to catch up on some reading. I posted about Network Notebook #2: The Internet of Things back in October and even though its only a mere 54 pages, I’d not had the chance to do any more than glance at a few pages.

It is worth a read, partially because its short and free but it does discuss a few interesting aspects of the Internet of Things. I did however find it a very narrow vision as it really only considers RFID as the technology of the Internet of Things. It argues the point well from a pervasive/surveillance point of view (invisible technology, a new means of surveillance) but I find it hard to believe that RFID will be the sole (and possibly even major) revolution of new networks since it is currently a passive technology (on the tag side) and codes/tags are prevalent in nearly all Internet of Things technologies e.g. RFID, datamatrix etc. and related apps e.g. ARtoolkit. Surely tags/codes are the most important thing here, how will tags/codes become a part of our landscape? Will they shape the things around us or will they become invisible? In this last question this booklet is very much a counterpoint to Shaping Things however while the later clearly recognises we are on the cusp of a new era of networks, the former really seems to imply we are well into it – I’m not convinced of that.

    Posted by: Garrett @ 2:50 pm

    No Comments or Pings about “Network Notebook #2: The Internet of Things”

    RSS feed for Comments / Pings on this post.

    Don't know what this is? Click here.
    This is a QR Code, it's a printed link to this webpage on Network Research!

    Using a web-enabled mobile phone with built-in camera and QR Code reader software you can photograph this printed page to display the original webpage. For more information on how to do this please see the short article here:

    and download a reader application for your mobile device.
    Creative Commons License
    Except where otherwise noted, all works and documentation on the domain are copyright
    Garrett Lynch 2018 and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License. is powered by WordPress