A break-out session on the Web of Things took place on Wednesday, 13 November during the plenary day for TPAC2013, at the Shenzhen Wuzhou Guest House. The session was led by Rich Tibbett (Opera), Jacques Bourhis (Intel) and Dave Raggett (W3C). Dave started with an introduction to the Web of Things. This was followed by demos for the Network Service Discovery API by Opera, an introduction to the NFC API by Intel, using Network Service Discovery together with WebRTC for peer to peer messaging by NTT, access to sensors and actuators (HyWAI for Web of Things) by ETRI, and another by Daliworks, Inc.
Audience questions included the intended scope for “things”, and the need for clear definitions for terms. The Web of Things covers many use cases, and a single approach is unlikely to suffice. The Web of Things Community Group provides a forum for discussing the scope and identifying use cases that will help to pin point priorities for further standardization work. A W3C workshop is being planned for mid-2014.