Wolfram Research, the firm behind the Wolfram Alpha search engine, is expanding into the ‘Internet of Things’ with an attempt to collect all connected devices in the world into an online directory.
Launched at the CES technology show, the Wolfram Connected Devices Project offers a database of devices and their attributes, letting people search Wolfram Alpha for particulars about everything from wearable fitness devices and smartphones to Internet-connected scales and smoke detectors.
The project is a repository of device information, a database that keeps track of the size, price, and specifications of electronic products as varied as heart monitors and GPS trackers.
Wolfram plans to let people communicate with those devices, for example, harvesting data and processing it.
“In the end, our goal is not just to deal with information about devices, but actually be able to connect to the devices and get data from them — and then do all sorts of things with that data,” company founder and Chief Executive Stephen Wolfram said in a blog post Monday.
To achieve that ambitious goal, though, Wolfram and others will have to write drivers that communicate with each of those devices.
Ultimately, Wolfram wants to make huge swaths of reality programmable via its Wolfram Language programming code.
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