With planet earth’s connected devices already outnumbering people by three to two, a future shaped by the Internet of Things is surely no longer in question. The precise form networks will take and the tools for their development are constantly shifting, of course, and this week in Beijing we caught a glimpse of ideas that promise to turbo-charge IoT progress.
This week saw Ruff attracting not only developers but accolades. Tech Crunch Beijing, held this year at the city’s Institute of Fashion Technology, is a fiercely competitive showcase that offers us a preview of the tech stars of the very near future. In the event’s prestigious startup competition, Ruff has emerged as the winner.
When every other leap seems to be a quantum leap, where can innovators like Ruff take us?
In maximising the potential of the IoT we can bring together people, processes and data to create more intelligent, nuanced interactions. We can seize this opportunity not only to connect things to other things, but to fold human intelligence into the chain. We can make the Internet of Things the Internet of Life. And the more Ruff diamonds we uncover to help us along the way, the better.