The quest to make the IoT eco-friendly continues. I posted an article last year which described the work some academics were undertaking to use bacteria powered batteries in IoT sensors. It appears that similar work is taking place in other institutions of higher learning with respect to utilizing bacteria in IoT end points. The story that follows describes the research being done to create a bio Internet of Things.
The Internet of Things consists of all sorts of electronic devices and sensors, but doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to electronics. Some scientists are pitching the idea that organic matter — bacteria, to be specific — may have potential as IoT nodes.
Two bio-IoT proponents, Raphael Kim and Stefan Poslad at Queen Mary University of London, recently put forth this idea, explored in MIT Technology Review. In a paper published on the subject, they call it the “Internet of Bio-Nano Things (IoBNT), which involves networking and communication through nanoscale and biological entities.”