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May 17 2015 - 08:00pm
Connecting to the Internet of Things

Embedded technology is now so common in every day objects that vacuums, lights, and coffee makers are able to communicate with each other and with humans. Connected sensors, cloud computing, and mobile apps have created the Internet of Things (IoT), and it's changing how we interact with the world around us in small and surprising ways.

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Internet of Things Lab is exploring the potential of IoT in education through research, student learning projects, and hands-on experimentation. Augmented reality campus tours, smart library seating systems, and smart helmets for safer sports are just some of the examples of creative projects at the lab. Students' imaginations and engineering capacities continue to create new connections between human beings and everyday objects.

What do you think of things around us that can talk to each other and to us? How can they help facilitate better learning experiences? Share your ideas with other educators on Vialogues.

@01:00 johnlee: These all sounds great, but privacy and data ownership would become critical issues for IoT applications.

@02:17 johnlee: This is a powerful application of IoT/Google glass for learning. Now more students are able to witness skillful practioners performing challenging tasks and engage in relevant learning activities afterwards.

Posted in: New Learning TimesVialogues|By: Ching-Fu Lan|15 Reads