When I sit on my couch looking at my smartphone, the screen of the phone is my window to the digital world. No matter how much you do with a smartphone nowadays, it is still a very small, flat, one-dimensional gateway.
Bypassing this small gateway, is in my opinion, one of the characteristics of Internet of Things. We are heading for a seamless integration between the physical and the digital world.
An example is the smart umbrella. You may recognize the situation that you go out in the morning and doubt if you should pick your umbrella. But what if your umbrella is able to read your agenda, interpret the weather forecast and tell you, by a small blinking LED-light, whether or not you will need the umbrella today. As a user, you don’t have to do anything to enter the digital world; it is just there and manifests itself in the physical world by helping you to make the right decision at the right place, and at the right time. [...]
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