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Open source will let your fridge send messages to your TV and phone

Now that the Internet is on computers, phones, and eyeglasses, a lot of people think it’s time to get the Internet on everything.

That’s why the Internet of things has become such a popular catchphrase, based on the premise that Internet connectivity can be embedded into nearly any product and form a larger network of devices that collaborate for the benefit of consumers. But actually making devices from a variety of manufacturers work together is a lot easier said than done.