Web of Things
The Web of Things is a vision inspired from the Internet of Things where everyday devices and objects, i.e. objects that contain an embedded device or computer, are connected by fully integrating them to the Web. Examples of smart devices and objects are wireless sensor networks, ambient devices, household appliances, RFID tagged objects, etc.
Unlike in the many systems that exist for the Internet of Things, the Web of Things is about re-using the Web standards to connect the quickly expanding eco-system of embedded devices built into everyday smart objects. Well-accepted and understood standards and blueprints (such as URI, HTTP, REST, Atom, etc.) are used to access the functionality of the smart objects.
The properties of a Web of Things can be summarized as follows:
- Uses HTTP as an application protocol rather than as a transport protocol as done in the world of WS-* Web Services 
- Exposes the synchronous functionality of smart objects through a REST interface (also known as RESTful API) and more generally respects the blueprints of Resource-Oriented Architecture.
- Exposes the asynchronous functionality (i.e. events) of smart objects through the use of largely accepted Web syndication standards such as Atom or server-push Web mechanisms such as Comet.
These characteristics ensure the loose-coupling of services provided by the smart objects, furthermore they offer a uniform interface to access and build on the functionality of smart objects.
One of the early prototypes of the Web of Things is the "Energie Visible" project in which sensors capable of monitoring and controlling the energy consumption of household appliances offer a RESTful API to their functionality. This API is then used to create a physical Mashup.
Xively (formerly Pachube) is a commercial web of things data aggregator and data mining website often integrated into the Web of Things.
An application of the Web of Things in smart homes has been recently investigated in, to address the problem of heterogeneous home devices by reusing Web technologies.
An alternative approach taken by Sense Tecnic Systems  focuses on a lightweight toolkit for developing IoT applications and targets rapid development using Web technologies and protocols. The WoTKit toolkit has been described at the 2012 IoT conference  and builds on research from UBC's Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre, in particular the work on the MAGIC Broker as published at IoT 2010.
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