Title:Imagining the Internet: How Inexpensive Microprocessors, Cell Phones, and Solid State Servers Can Interact with the Physical World
Authors:Michael Edson
Publication:MW2007: Museums and the Web 2007

Most of us are conditioned to think of the World Wide Web as a network of expensive desktop computers and servers, but the standards that define the Internet and the Web can be interpreted in other ways and used with other technologies. Students at Carnegie Mellon University put their departmental Coke machine on the Internet in the 1970\'s so they could tell when the machine was full and how cold the cans were without leaving their desks; LG makes an Internet enabled washing machine; and the Zipcar car-sharing service can monitor its fleet and even unlock a car