viernes, 21 de diciembre de 2012

Week picks #9


The Internet of Things is happening, and it’s being built right here on Cosm. Founded as Pachube in 2008, Cosm has grown under the vision that open is better than closed and sharing is better than hoarding. Today, Cosm is the platform, API and community where devices, information, developers, apps and commercial applications come together to bring connected products and ideas to life.

Cosm is a secure, scalable platform that connects devices and products with applications to provide real-time control and data storage. Using Cosm's open API, individuals and companies can create new devices, develop prototypes, and bring products to market in volume. Cosm offers a way to launch internet enabled products without having to build any backend infrastructure. As a LogMeIn company, our platform runs within LogMeIn datacenters, providing world-class security and reliability.

As an early entrant and thought leader to the Internet of Things, Cosm has an established and engaged community of developers, makers and enthusiasts who work on a diverse range of hardware, projects and products. They are initiating crowdsourcing movements, building new devices and exchanging data.


STADSLAB AMSTERDAM is a platform that allows Amsterdammers to collaborate on developing new ways of improving the vitality and liveability of their city. STADSLAB AMSTERDAM is involved with various projects and is concerned with the fundamental redevelopment of the city, also in regards to developing the city as a learning environment and discovering new design principles. STADSLAB AMSTERDAM is dedicated to helping and collaborating with a wide range of groups, including residents, business owners, professionals, governmental representatives, directors and scientists.

Mobile sensing for community action

We are developing mobile sensing technologies that help communities gather and analyze environmental data. We hope that this hardware and software will empower everyday citizens to learn more about their environment and influence environmental regulations and policy.

We have developed various research prototypes, which are being used in studies such as a deployment on street sweepers in San Francisco and a deployment of a handheld device in West Oakland. Right now we are focusing our efforts on air quality sensing. Our hope is that our research prototypes will demonstrate the utility of embedding environmental sensors in commercial commodity devices such as mobile phones.
Our project name “Common Sense” refers to Thomas Paine's famous treatise on democracy, because we hope our project will illustrate ways in which everyday citizens can use sensing technologies to conduct citizen science and participate in the political process. The project name also emphasizes the notion that sensing data can be shared in common by communities, that individuals can join together to collect and analyze environmental data.

Week picks series features every Friday some initiatives and projects I found or want to highlight on this blog. It will help me to track new findings from community groups, startups or local governments working and delivering solutions relevant to the issues of this blog. I often bookmark them or save them on Tumblr while I wait to use them. Maybe this a good way.

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