NewsThings explores how the news media sector might combine audience engagement with ambient design and the IoT to create a unique, collaborative new model for news. Partners John Mills (University of Central Lancashire) Tom Metcalfe (Thomas Buchanan Consultancy) and Alison Gow (Trinity Mirror), explain how NewsThings, backed by the Google DNI fund, has gone from concept to reality, and what the emergence of connected objects it could mean for the news industry.