Linking linked things together

August 6, 2013 9:05 am
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It is nice to see how the world starts to link together. A lot of new products are getting introduced into the world – the real one and the fictional/digital one – all of them linking to someone/something.

Examples can be found here on this blog or out there – but why do creators call those things linked – only because they link to our (W)LAN at home and can be controlled over the internet using one of those gorgeous mobile phone apps?
A lot of people designed phone apps years ago – they connected servers to the internet decades before – those were linked things as well.

I like the idea of “linked things” or “the internet of things” or “the internet of everything” – pick yours – but if you listen to talks and read through articles you will realise that most authors and visionaries only link things to the internet and let them be controlled over the internet using an app.

But shouldn’t linked things be linked to a centralised something (the internet would be the greatest place for that) and let them talk to each other?

Wouldn’t it be awesome if Ugle – a message receiving owl could show you the status of your house – if the heating is on, the windows are closed or if someone used Lockitron Keyless Entry System?

I am sure these linked things can be linked together. Why not from the beginning? Because there is a need for people to understand how to link everything together so each thing can talk to each other (like we do it out there if we grab a beer together and exchange information).


My name is Herbert and I am co-author of this blog starting today. Florian’s and my vision is to show the world that there are products out there which are great and let us rethink our way of living. Nevertheless – great linked things do not mean they are linked (besides to the internet) and new products do not mean that they invented something never been there before. I try to be the critical mass, the practical person who sees linked things in DIY stores and also the one who is asking what protocols are used to link.

Written by Herbert Feutl