I’ve been interested in the interconnection of sensors, actuators and decision-making nodes for some time. Currently it is quite easy to get our hands on small boards that allow to build such kind of device – arduino, TI’s launchpad or the beagle family come to mind. These relatively unexpensive devices have extensive community support and freely available tools.
I believe that the interconnection of sensors, actuators and processing nodes has a long path ahead. This kind of technology has the potential to change our paradigm of ubiquity while, at the same time, can also make our lifes more power efficient.