A good friend sent me an article over the holiday weekend about a tomato watering system that was set up to tweet whenever it needed more water. I like it! It contains a moisture sensor connected to a embedded wireless device. It is a silly little proof of concept, but it helps us to understand how many unique applications there are for M2M systems.
In the July 5th edition of the New York Times there is an article, Circuitry With a Feel for Humanity by Amy Harmon. The article states that doctors at the University of Massachusetts are testing a wearable sensor designed to be worn by drug addicts. The wearable sensor discerns drug cravings in addicts and sends, using an M2M system, text messages with just the right blend of tough love.
I read another article a few weeks ago about students at a school in Africa who developed an M2M system to help local fisherman know when there were fish available to catch. Sensors, connected to simple M2M systems sent text messages to all subscribed fisherman.
All of these articles demonstrate innovative thinking in the M2M arena. The uses for M2M systems are nearly unlimited. It will be fascinating to watch how this market develops.
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