Carnegie Mellon and the Internet of Things

Last December, Carnegie Mellon was selected by Google as the winners of their “Open Web of Things” competition to see which institution would be sponsored to launch new technology for the Internet of Things. Along with the honor of being selected, Google bestowed the university with $500,000 to fund the project. The point of Google launching and then sponsoring this project is that they hope to “encourage universities to explore various aspects of system design that could help enable the Internet of Things,” said Maggie Johnson, director of university relations for Google.

So what exactly does Carnegie Melon plan to do with their half a million dollar award? Well, they will be transforming their campus into a living lab. This will consist of increasing interoperability, security, and an elegant user interface as they connect smart devices to work towards Google’s vision of an integrated machine future. The plan is to incorporate cheap sensors, apps, and tools all around campus, and then to eventually expand and implement these advances in Pittsburg, PA.

The leader of the Snap2It app was Anind Dey, and will be involved in the large project at Carnegie Melon. Dey thinks that the project will be successful on campus, as he believes the massive amounts of cheap sensors to elevate “dumb” objects on campus to sources of information will be extremely beneficial.

It makes sense that Carnegie Melon was picked to lead this project because of the advancements that have already been made in their Human-Computer Interaction Institute. Apps that have already been created there, such as Snap2It, which allows for users to take a picture of something and connect to it (like a shared printer or bus).

With an abundance of sensors everywhere, it is natural concern for people to be worried about privacy and security. Well, Carnegie Melon is one step ahead as they have partnered with another lab on campus to create a privacy assistant to help users retain control of their data.

With such a prestigious university at the head of this project, fueled by the brainpower of geniuses, we at VizQuest can’t wait to see the progress and final results!

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