In their blog post, Google Research says that Google is interested in the growing possibilities of the Internet of Things (IoT), a development which would allow everyday objects to connect to the internet to send and receive data. The Web of Things (WoT) provides an application layer to simplify the creation of applications for the IoT. The WoT is to the IoT the way the World Wide Web (WWW) is to the Internet.
The possibilities with the development of both the IoT and Open Web of Things are endless, and they could include many new developments in wearable technology. Hoping to join in on this opportunity, Google is forming their own IoT innovation and research program, consisting of Google experts and–with the help of their open call–academics and other outside parties.
The open call for research proposals aims to address user interface and application development, privacy and security, and systems and protocols research. Google Research says they “are open to new and unorthodox solutions in all three of these areas, for example, novel interactions, usable security models, and new approaches for open standards and evolution of protocols.” A number of grants will be available to those whose proposals are approved, as well as access to Google’s hardware, software, and systems.
Submissions for the open call are due by January 21, 2015. Proposals are expected to be chosen by the following spring, with a kick-off workshop at Google soon after.