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June 5th, 2013
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Welcome to our tenth IoT Works newsletter of 2013!  IoT Works is an Internet of Things (IoT) focused investment company that brings together the best ideas, people, resources and financing to help build the Internet of Things.

Today's newsletter theme is IoT and the ocean. Did you know the beach was where it all began? Keep reading to find out how!

Yours in all things IoT,

It all began at the beach

Gil Press of Forbes reports, "Norman Joseph Woodland, the co-inventor of the bar code, died this week at 91. What is now called 'The Internet of Things' was born one day in 1949 when Woodland was sitting on a Florida beach, thinking about how product information can be captured at the supermarket checkout. The only code Woodland knew was the Morse Code he'd learned in the Boy Scouts, his daughter told the Associated Press this week. Woodland drew Morse dots and dashes as he sat on the beach and absent-mindedly left his fingers in the sand where they traced a series of parallel lines. 'It was a moment of inspiration. He said, 'instead of dots and dashes I can have thick and thin bars,'' Susan Woodland recalled.


Wave Glider robots

Want to know how many fish there are in the sea? The amount of carbon dioxide in the water in the mid-Pacific? How about getting humpback whales a record deal


These are all projects that Liquid Robotics' connected, sensor packed robots have undertaken. The company, which makes self-sufficient, autonomous ocean-going robots, has built a sea-faring internet of things. And like all seagoing entities its robots have had their share of shark attacks and are always on the lookout for pirates.


Oysters as biosensors

Bold Green-earth project applies cellular M2M technology to monitor water quality using behavior of oysters as "cleanliness biosensors"

Telit Wireless Solutions, a global provider of high-quality machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions, products and services, today announced contribution of the company's cellular M2M technology to the MolluSCAN Eye Project. The France-based environmental science project is an international effort run by a multidisciplinary group of basic researchers and university professors - biologists, electronics specialist, mathematicians, and webmasters. The project which started in 2006 in Arcachon Bay, France seeks to detect changes and status in pollution levels of water in earth's oceans by reading and interpreting electronically monitored movement and behavior of bivalves such as oysters, giant clams, and Icelandic scallops.


IoT Ocean data as art

David Bowen's 

 project Tele-Present installation is beginning to show how art and real-time environmental data can be merged. This installation draws information from movement and intensity of the water in real-time from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data buoy station 46075 in the Shumagin Islands, Alaska and then displays this information in an art gallery in Poland thousands of miles away.

The installation uses MAX/MSP to drive an Arduino mega running servo firmata and it also uses 11 x 24volt dc motors with drivers for moving the grid.