- The university will essentially become a petri dish for Google's Internet of Things technology. The campus will be outfitted with Internet-connected sensors and accelerometers that will enable buildings and other traditionally "dumb" devices to communicate with the Internet. The goal is to allow any physical object or space—be it a coffee pot or bus stop—to connect with other web-enabled tools.
- "Our goal is to, within a year, turn a lot of the space we have access to as faculty into smart spaces that students, faculty, staff and visitors can interact with," says Anind K. Dey, lead investigator for the project. "Then our goal is to push it out to the city."
- Google is looking to build up a platform to facilitate IoT applications called GIoTTO, which will develop cheap sensors, privacy measures, and app development software. CMU will lead the charge, with help from researchers at Cornell, Stanford, and the University of Illinois. Google will give the university $500,000 to get the initiative off the ground.
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