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Android and the Web of Things

In the vision of the Web of Things, embedded devices become first-class citizens of the Web but what if every day objects could all become part of this gigantic network? What if your watch, guitar, bike or bottle of organic iced-tea could all have an active digital identity on the Web? With the advent of tagging technologies such as NFC, EPC or QR-codes, this is becoming a reality with a lot of potential for simple but great innovations. In this talk, we'll first briefly look at these three tagging technologies comparing and contrasting them in order to understand their respective use-case based on our experience deploying such solutions in the real-world.

We will then wear our Android hat and look at how much of a fantastic Web of Things platform Android truly is! We'll go hands-on and implement a mobile application that can read both NFC and QR tags on products in order to bootstrap the access to their virtual profiles.

Looking at more "high-tech" connected things, we'll introduce the Microbridge Android library, Google's ADK (Accessory Development Kit) standard and the Processing IDE for Arduino and show how this savoury combination will let your phone talk with pretty much any real-world device (did someone say toaster?).

Your objects will soon have a Facebook profile, make sure you connect them before they (un)friend you! ;-)

About the speaker
Dominique Guinard

Dominique Guinard is the CTO and co-founder of EVRYTHNG, a software company providing Active Digital Identities, for any physical object. He got his Ph.D. from ETH Zurich, where he worked on laying down the foundations of the Web of Things: a world-wide network of interconnected objects (sensors, appliances, machines and tagged objects) and co-founded the Web of Things (WoT) community. Before this, he worked on bringing industrial networks of RFID-tagged objects to the Web at the MIT Auto-ID Labs in the USA. He also worked 4 years for SAP on the software aspects of the next generation platform for integrating the Internet of Things with business processes.