At the October '89 INTEROP conference, Dan Lynch, President of Interop promised Romkey that, if Romkey was able to "bring up his toaster on the Net," the appliance would be given star placement in the floor-wide exhibitors at the conference.

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They helped develop the Electronic Product Code or EPC, a global RFID-based item identification system intended to replace the UPC bar code.

In the next century, planet earth will don an electronic skin.

It will use the Internet as a scaffold to support and transmit its sensations. It consists of millions of embedded electronic measuring devices: thermostats, pressure gauges, pollution detectors, cameras, microphones, glucose sensors, EKGs, electroencephalographs.

It was later put online for viewing once browsers could display images.

(via @snim2)1994: Steve Mann creates Wear Cam.1995: The Internet goes commercial with Amazon and Echobay (Ebay)1997: Paul Saffo's prescient article "Sensors: The Next Wave of Infotech Innovation" (Via: Geoffrey Barrows)1998: Google is incorporated 1998: A year before losing his battle to cancer Mark Weiser continues his explorations into the topic and constructed a water fountain outside his office whose flow and height mimicked the volume and price trends of the stock market."I could be wrong, but I'm fairly sure the phrase "Internet of Things" started life as the title of a presentation I made at Procter & Gamble (P&G) in 1999.

Linking the new idea of RFID in P&G's supply chain to the then-red-hot topic of the Internet was more than just a good way to get executive attention.

It summed up an important insight which is stil often misunderstood.1999: Auto-ID Labs opens which is the research-oriented successor to the MIT Auto-ID Center, originally founded by Kevin Ashton, David Brock and Sanjay Sarma.

Considering how much we use the Internet of Things term we thought it would be helpful to look at how it got started and who were some of the important people and projects that helped move it from its first glimpses into today's trending topic. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket....

1832: An electromagnetic telegraph was created by Baron Schilling in Russia, and in 1833 Carl Friedrich Gauss and Wilhelm Weber invented their own code to communicate over a distance of 1200 m within Göttingen, Germany.1844: Samuel Morse sends the first morse code public telegraph message "What hath God wrought? It can also be maintained that it is best to provide the machine with the best sense organs that money can buy, and then teach it to understand and speak English.