The "Internet of Things" is the supposed future world where a host of ordinary appliances, fixtures, devices and electronics communicate with each over the Internet. Picture controlling the lights or air conditioning in the house from work, or checking whether your plants need watering.
But it hasn't taken off yet, in part because it's hard to get different gadgets in the home to communicate with Internet-connected devices like tablets or smartphones. Different appliances, for example, operate with different software and hardware, and there hasn't been much incentive for manufacturers to standardize so that all gadgets are talking the same language.
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Ed Hemphill, an inventor and entrepreneur, thinks he has an answer. He's launched a Kickstarter campaign for a system he calls the WigWag, designed to link together various devices in the home and get them all communicating with the Internet. What's more, a phone app lets users set up simple rules for controlling the gadgets automatically and remotely. There is no complicated programming. You simply write rules that follow a "When happens, then do ."