Internet of Things


  • NJSM object file & research library study time blocks
    • Tues, October 27, 10 AM – 12 PM and 1-3 PM
    • Wed, October 28, 10 AM – 12 PM and 1-3 PM
    • Thu, October 29, 10 AM – 12 PM and 1-3 PM
    • Fri, October 30, 10 AM – 12 PM and 1-3 PM
  • Notes from Beth Cooper
  • We’ll travel next week to the Sarnoff Museum, where we’ll explore works from previous classes and discuss Augmented Reality

Open Content Review


Most web applications are built in a three-tiered architecture:

  • presentation layer ( html, css, javascript, etc )
  • application logic (php, ruby, python, javascript, etc)
  • database (dbms, file, spreadsheet, etc)

APIs are basically three-tiered web applications without the presentation layer. You access the data using a URL over HTTP, like a web page, but all you get back is data.

Why is this important? Because you can create different & separate presentation layers for different devices and situations. It also allows you to mashup data from different sources and wrap it in entirely new interfaces.


Open Applications

Timeline JS3

One of the great things about Timeline.js is that it’s both a content visualization app (application + presentation layer) and a content database (data layer). As such it gives us a complete content management solution that relatively non-technical people can use to update the presentation layer without having to know how to code.


  • Break up into teams of 3 or 4 – one to edit the Google spreadsheet, one to handle Paula’s timeline info, one to create the web page and one to find additional content
  • Take a look at the History of the New Jersey State Museum one-sheet Paula Andras gave us during our first visit to the museum.
  • Go to Timeline JS3 and click on the green “Make a Timeline” button
  • As a team, work through Paula’s document and create a timeline of the history of the New Jersey State Museum. Try to include some images, videos or maps in your timeline record entries.
  • Here’s a Github Gist starter web page if you need it for your Timeline

Design Notebooks

Let’s take a few minutes to catch up on some of your Design Notebooks

Internet of Things

According to Wikipedia:

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an internet-like structure.”

The idea is that objects can be directly connected to the internet, transmitting or receiving data, or be tagged in such a way to have digital representations of the objects be accessible over the internet. And, increasingly, much of that IoT traffic is M2M.

History –

Roadmap –

More info on IoT –

How do we connect everyday objects to the internet?


The Internet of Things is about sensors and networks

The Internet is the network of networks



  • Divide into groups of 3 or 4 representing four tracks at IMM (e.g. music, games/programming, animation, and physical computing)
  • Log into the class blog using your team account and create a post for each room in AIMM that’s significant for your IMM track
  • Create a category for your track and assign all your posts to that category
  • Go to and create QR Codes for each of your posts
  • Print, cut out & place QRCodes around the AIMM building at your chosen track locations
  • Fire up your QRCode Reader and take your creation for a test drive
  • How could you tweak it to make it better?


Object Interpretation

  • Review Beth Cooper’s notes, paying particular attention to her thoughts on object attributes, creating stories using those attributes, and the project ideas we captured when we last visited the NJSM
  • Read Imagining the Possibilities
  • Create a new slide in your Design Notebook and title it “Interesting Objects”
  • Identify an object or objects in the Pretty Big Things and/or Civil War Flags collections that you find particularly interesting. Identify the object attributes for each object and describe some story concepts you might want to develop

Augmented Reality (AR)

  • Read More than Real in the 2012 TrendsWatch report, pp. 20-22
  • Read Augmented Reality in the 2012 NMC Horizon Report Museum Edition, pp. 19-22
  • Create a new slide in your Design Notebook and title it “Augmented Reality”
  • From the reading, which examples of Augmented Reality particularly appealed to you and why?
  • Do some Google searches to find other examples of AR-enhanced museum exhibits? List them and include a brief description of each.



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