From the ‘magic cabinet’ to the mainstream


This week, all techie eyes are on the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The adjective most likely to be attached to any given gadget is just as likely to pique some interest in UW–Madison’s Internet of Things Lab.

“Smart” watches abound, but the broad Internet of Things is extending its networked intelligence to smarten up snowboard bindings, home appliances, cars looking for parking spots — even a belt buckle that automagically gives its wearer a little slack after a big meal. (Dibs!)

The same connective tools are driving projects by IoT Lab users. Read more about them here:

Watch Bicycle Recovery Network members Akhil Sundararajan and Daniel Chao describe their idea, and the IoT Lab’s help in developing it into a working system: