Despite the fact there are already 15 billion connected devices in the world, Cisco told us that only represents about 1% of all the things that could be. So what happens when you connect the other 99%? To help Guardian readers find out, we created the Internet of (Nearly) Everything. A search engine for the internet of things, where readers can search for any ‘thing’ to find out why it might benefit form being connected to the internet. From toilets to sharks, celebrities to voters, sex to insects.
The final interactive contained 150+ pieces of editorial. Clever use of open source technology allowed it to return results for in excess of 10,000 words and allowed every result to be visually tailored the specific word you searched for. We had some fun around profanities – cock returns an article on farm animals, fuck returns an article on sex. We even found time to drop in a few Easter eggs too.