It's one thing for businesses to hear about the advantages of different technologies, but imagine seeing the power of all the major technology trends demonstrated in -- of all things -- a vending machine.
Internet of Things
New England BioLabs, which makes and sells reagents and enzymes to life science laboriatories, used Heroku, Salesforce, and Dell tablets to make "talking freezers" that report back to home base when they need to be refilled. It's a pretty cool Internet of Things story.
Nobody is as aggressive in pursuing the collection and analysis of information from more sources than Google. The search giant is way past wanting to organize the world's information. Now it's all about Smart Data.
Nest attempts to deliver on the promise of the Internet of Things by layering powerful analytics and intelligence on top of heretofore dumb objects.