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Essential Pittsburgh: Tech Experts Seek to Apply ‘Internet of Things’ to Pittsburgh, CMU

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Developers at CMU want to create the capability for 'shared spaces' where everyday devices can communicate and facilitate the human experience.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are looking to implement a vast network of sensors and devices

In an ideal world, your data would sit in your home under your control, it would only go to people you want it to go to. -Anind K. Dey

on their campus and into the city of Pittsburgh through a Google-sponsored initiative called the “Internet of Things.”  Developers believe the project has the potential to profoundly change the way we approach the world around us as well as improve city infrastructure, communication and decision-making.  But what would it look like if our cars could talk to coffee makers and our calendars to air conditioning units? Lead investigator for the project and director of CMU’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Anind K. Dey, shares his hopes for the CMU undertaking.

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