A lot is being written today about the “internet of things.” Much of it describes an alternately wonderful and scary sci-fi vision of a world in which smart versions of everyday objects collaborate to either empower or enslave us. Since the moment of “singularity,” when some expect artificial intelligence to exceed human intelligence, is predicted to occur about the time that the Internet of Things reaches maturity – around 2030 – perhaps there is good reason to be afraid.
Never mind. We won’t worry about that yet.
Here in The Internet of Things FOR REAL, we provide practical information about the capabilities and shortcomings of connected things today. Here is a short list of the best books we know of for a practical introduction to the IoT, projects beginners can complete with off-the-shelf components, and how the IoT is changing our lives:
Designing the Internet of Things, by Adrian McEwen
A practical guide to designing and building connected devices using sensors, servos, robotics, Arduino chips, and other components.
Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing, by Adam Greenfield
Essays on the intelligent, connected devices the author calls "everyware," and how this network of things will change the way we live.
Meta Products: Building the Internet of Things, by Wimer Hazenberg, Menno Huisman, and Sara Cordoba Rubino
An insider's look at how IoT technology is changing consumer products.
Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology, by Peter Lucas, Joe Ballay, and Mickey McManus
A designer's vision of a world of trillions of connected objects, including down-to-earth assessments of the opportunities and the threats we'll face.
Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things, by David Rose
A vision of how a connected world might really work, from an MIT Media Lab scientist.
A step-by-step guide to programming and building connected devices.
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