Can you imagine how hard it will be to curate data from every device that makes up the Internet of things? Wolfram Research, a division of the computational search engine, Wolfram/Alpha, took on the project. When complete, it will allow the company to store and use data from all Internet-connected devices.
The platform will let device manufacturers do complex queries about devices, similar to the queries made about consumer products such as price, weight, and model number. The project is similar to Google's Knowledge Graph or Microsoft Satori, two databases that connect similar things across the Internet and teach the Web how to understand connected concepts.
Wolfram/Alpha founder Stephen Wolfram says the company aims to collect and curate all objective data about connected devices; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute everything about anything from an open Web site. In a blog post, Wolfram defines a connected device as one that "connects to a general-purpose computer using some standard connector or connection technology."
Results from queries in the Wolfram Alpha "computational" knowledge engine give precise answers from structured data about gadgets, but it requires precise queries that have been formatted. For now the company will omit objects that have complex custom electrical systems, such as sensors or integrated circuits that plug into something.
The goal to store data on all Internet-connected devices requires teamwork, and Wolfram's Mathematica team works with device manufacturers and the technical community to add information about connected devices into the database.