If you think it’s tough now, managing a gaggle of digital devices and online profiles and services, you’d better get your multitasking and network administrator skills up to speed. According to MAGNET Beyond, a $17 million worldwide R&D project that wrapped up in June, we’re headed for “personal area networks” containing an infinite array of connected devices.  They envision a near future where everyone has a network of a thousand devices each (?!).

Perhaps a thousand is too generous of an estimate, but thinking about how to easily connect our myriad of gadgets is worthwhile. Alternatively, maybe we should be considering ways to reduce the amounts of objects rather than messing around with connecting lots of separate ones?  Think consolidation of functions -small, all-in-one, multi-use instead of sprawling networks of single function objects.

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