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This post is to help explain a new project which could be extremely useful for the community. If you’ve ever been stuck in a traffic jam, or broken down, or wanted to know the health of your car, and wanted to do something about it, then this open source project will resonate with you. As you probably know, most vehicles nowadays have an On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) connector which is wired up to the car’s internal computer. It is used in many garages where the mechanic can probe the ...
Well, it has taken me a while to get to this post because I've been guilty of tons of research -- part umbrella and part micro-controller. Let me begin with saying that umbrellas are a nasty business.  Apparently there aren't many manufacturers and they get very protective of brands and inventory.  I've been on a search for a white or gray umbrella that is manual or auto-open in a folding or compact style, and I've been asking wholesalers if the handles are removable via a screw.  ...
This is just an informal post to share with the community a sort of a new project. Really is more like an improvement or extension of an old project. As part of the Smarter Life Challenge my project was the GeoCar. I like the idea of adding smarts to the car. So now the car will have a little more brains. Brains in the form of a raspberry pi (what else?). Having more power packed into the project it is a nerd job to do as much as he can with the power given. Kind of a challenge was given to me ...
With an entire world of Internet of Things products scouring the market, the technology has finally made its way to baby technology. This season, IoTs have been developed for baby, to help parents monitor their infant’s health wirelessly.   Owlet Baby Care Owlet smart sock (via Owlet)   Owlet Baby Care created the world’s very first “smart” baby sock, which can monitor a number of baby’s vitals and send the data directly to a mobile device. Some of t ...
The Economist IoT Report claims the IoT is farther along than we think. (via ARM) The Internet of Things by definition is objects, people and animals with their own unique identifiers and virtual representations in an online-like environment. Some examples of the devices already on the market and connected include sensors monitor a newborn’s health (Mimo), medication intake (GlowCaps) and physical activity levels (Alohar’s MAAP app). There are devices that turn homes into smart ho ...
Windows 8.x will be free for OEM mobile device builders and IoTs? (via Microsoft) Everyone loves getting things for free, especially if it’s a ‘get out of jail’ pass or the latest in new mobile technology. Microsoft recently announced that they can’t help people get out of jail for free, but they can deliver the latest refresh of Windows 8 to system builders as well as those manufacturing devices for the Internet of Things for the tidy sum of $0. That’s right, ...
Intel’s Quark SoC X1000 chip, central to their future goals. A better hand model next please... (via Intel) The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly expanding as everything from clothing to smart-watches are becoming connected and integrated into our lives. Companies are ‘banking’ on the latest IoT trends and shifting their priorities from their staple products to more R&D in the connected devices field. Take Intel for example, the tech giant recently released their first ...
This post is about an interesting, low-cost sensor that doesn’t need much processing to use, and has some unique characteristics – a PVDF (polyvinylidene difluoride) Piezoelectric sensor. The sensors looks like a small strip of plastic, and can be used for detecting movement or vibrations even into ultrasound. Such devices can help sense in many practical, real-world scenarios. They are extremely sensitive, low cost and easy to use. Some simple practical experiments with these senso ...
  I was just contemplating my next project when an admirer of my previous FLORAbrella said, "Wouldn't it be cool if the umbrella could tell you whether it was going to rain or not?". That's really not so crazy, as I had thought about linking to the net to gather info anyway. So, here I am again with my mind racing and research brewing for another umbrella, one that will have a handle that lights up to indicate the weather forecast -- perhaps yellow for sun, blue for rain, and red for all o ...

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