Simon Mayer, Institute for Pervasive Computing, ETH Zurich
Evrythng soon will have its IP. Koubachi.ch will provide pot plants with sensors that feed an avatar on your mobile phone that reminds you of watering your plant.
The Web of Things includes devices with internet connection and potentially their own web server. This allows for mash-ups not only of documents but also of things.
The REST style coding is easier than using conventional stacks. Together with nice web features such as browsers, bookmarks, caching, gui, security, etc. new applications and new business opportunities will emerge quickly.
One challenge is to provide the involved technologies to tech-savvy people and not only specialised developers. The AutoWoT toolkit is supposed to facilitate this. Even drag and drop development toolkits are available for putting together simple use cases such as interactive light sensors.
Devices can be published via Facebook including access rights. Smart meters in homes could be accessed from anywhere and shared with friends.
RESTful EPCIS is a procedure for tracking tagged objects and visualise their whereabouts on Google Maps. Customers could check that their bananas are indeed coming from a proper De Havelaar plant.
The global scale of such services is a next challenge: How can remote devices be found and identified? How will the infrastructure of smart things evolve?