IP "stuff" is expensive, but we can IPify more cheaply if the devices can manage the complexity themselves.Link Discuss
Barcelona: really pissed to see "expressive" Gaudi beuildings being knocked through with holes to accomodate power, network, etc. Why can't expressivity and power/network be built into matter?
[[Shows video of lightbulbs with httpds in them and light-switches with user-agents that work like regular lightswtiches over TCP/IP. You can move the lightswitch to anywhere else in the building an it will still control the same bulb. When you attack a new lightswitch, it doesn' tknow what bulb it controls. You program the switch by touching the switch and the bulb with tweezers that causes them both to announce that they've been touched and creates an association]]
India: metering the power grid. Lots of power in India is stolen through linetaps. Breaks the grid, can kill you. Need a way to detect theft and it's too expensive to use poeple and conventional meters.
Sol'n: IP power-metersm, per village, use power-lines for transporting data about how much current is sent and received so you can identify where power is stolen. Byproduct is that you're creating 100kb/s connectivity to rural Indian villages.
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