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  Today I was so excited to open my Spark Core. Let the fun begin! Did I mention this is the smallest controller I've used yet? Woohoo! ...
This will be my blog post for the EnOcean Sensor Kit, which I have received today.  The post will grow as I do more things with the kit.   The contents of the kit were: Raspberry Pi NOOBS 8GB SD card (HC class 4) STM330 Temperature Sensor Module STM320 Magnet Contact Transmitter Module Magnet for the STM320 module PTM210 Pushbutton Transmitter Switch Module EnOcean Pi plug-in board The kit I received is specifically at the European market and as such transmits and receives on ...
The MIT Technology Review reports that SigFox, a french company, has picked the Bay Area to demonstrate its wireless network intended to make it cheap and practical to link Things to the Internet, from smoke detectors to dog collars, bicycle locks, and water pipes.   Competition will be tough for sure as big players are preparing their own solutions but should arrive a bit later than Sigfox. Race has already started to build a critical mass of connected objects.   Read the full artic ...
Having covered IoT configuration using different wireless communication methods, I want to return to the system view to explore higher level trade-offs. Your decisions have ramifications, often non-obvious ones. For example, when I visited my optometrist, knowing I work in this field, he was excited to tell me about his new thermostat. He’d opted to not pay a premium for Nest, getting another brand. He was generally happy with being able to set his home temperature from wherever ...
SensePlug’s SAM Strip and SAM Plug bring home automation to a new level with smart-sensors (via SensePlug) Home automation is becoming big business and the popularity of automated appliances is continuing to grow. Lights that turn themselves on when someone walks into the room, air conditioning that adjusts itself based on weather reports and smart locks that lock/unlock when the homeowner is near are just a few examples of what current technology can do. Of course, that’s only ...
In the last post, I described a framework for putting together an Internet of Things system: the device, communications layer, Internet handling, the server cloud, and the interface to the user. In this post, we’ll get to where the technology meets the users. I intend to focus on the communications box though we’ll come back to the system view in the next post.   Within the communication area, I’m going to focus on the first few, fraught, minutes of getting the device ou ...
The tado0 Cooling device turns boring old air conditioners into up to date smart-coolers (via Tado) There are plenty of smart devices on the market that can help automate our homes, including smart-lighting systems, appliance systems and climate control devices. Most of the ‘smart’ features are already built into those devices, bringing them up to date in the emerging world of IoT. German IoT start-up Tado Inc. is looking to upgrade our outdated air conditioning systems with the ...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is seen as billions of intelligent connections that will encompass every aspect of our lives and make our world smarter, greener and safer. From smart wearables, to smart energy, homes, factories and data centers, we are bringing the IoT to life by bringing connected intelligence to the embedded technologies that are shaping the network of tomorrow. That's how we, at Freescale, see the IoT.   To the front line of the IoT Few days ago, during the Freescale Tech ...
Blog posts for this project: IoT Alarm Clock - Part 1 IoT Alarm Clock - Part 2 (this post) IoT Alarm Clock - Part 3     Pi-Lite Arduino Micro Buttons Single power supply Train API Enclosure     This week's progress on the IoT Alarm Clock! Mainly soldering, but also some testing.   Pi-Lite  During boot, I noticed some messages and characters were being displayed on the Pi-Lite. To get rid of this, I followed the steps below.   Ed ...
Prodea’s Residential Operating System aims to connect our devices under one roof (via Prodea PR) We live in a world of mobile technology and home electronics, which is only going to continue to grow over in the decades. Wearable computing, home automation and other smart-devices are also on the rise thanks to the Internet of Things and businesses are continuing to develop those devices as the trend continues to grow. The one issue preventing true interaction with the IoT is communicatio ...
elecia

IoT System Framework

Posted by elecia May 13, 2014
Last week, I posted an introduction to this blog series, called What Marketing Won’t Tell You About the Internet of Thing And What We Can Do About It. Despite my link-bait title, I quite like the Internet of Things and all of the wonderful connected devices. However, I’m wary of depending on my engineering skills to set up what are supposedly consumer devices.   In this installment, I’m going to provide a framework for how devices get connected and give some examples show ...
You may recall that in my last post I described the umbrella business as being rather nasty -- I now have additional support for that theory. The umbrella on the right is the one I received from a company geared to weddings. Their site said returns were impossible and they even declared that they take photos of everything that leaves their warehouse. Well, I guess this little Brellazilla slipped through the cracks. As you can see, the handle is stained, and be glad this is not smellavision. It r ...
During my constant research and work on the topic „Internet of Everything“ or „Internet of Things“ and to be more special: searching for a cool middleware, I came across a very interesting website: https://www.evrythng.com/. The whole concept behind looks very promising and I was tempted to give these guys a try. I have a few sensors, some knowledge in programming and I need some online space to store my data. So basic motivation is there to look out for some good concept ...
Is anything safe when even baby monitors can be hacked? I was going to buy the above system too... (via Motorola) According to a fairly recent Cisco report on the Internet of Things (IoT), there are more internet-connected mobile devices on the planet than there are people. In 2010 alone, there were 12.5 billion of these devices and that number is expected to grow to a staggering 50-billion by 2020. As the number of IoT devices continue to grow, so too does the issues of security as just ab ...
Project Description Project Execution Preparing the SD Card Booting the Pi for the first time Connecting to Wifi Wolfson Audio Card Speakers Pi-Lite Display Timezone Next   Project Description  In the book “Designing the Internet of Things”, one sample application which is mentioned is an alarm clock which is internet enabled, can check railway timetables, and if there is a delay, allow the user some extra time to sleep in. This ...
At EELive this year, I gave a talk entitled What marketing won’t tell you about the Internet of Things. While the talk title is link bait, the presentation is more about how technology is not serving consumers and how to start fixing that. A few people asked for the presentation notes or a transcript, as the talk is tough to do without some back and forth. To that end, I wanted to write things properly (so you don’t see notes like “tell the optometrist story”).This blog s ...
  After 18 years in the healthcare industry In March of last year Satish Movva founded CarePredict. The company’s first product, Tempo, is wrist-worn sensor designed to track daily life patterns in the elderly to help determine small changes in their activities that could hint at bigger issues. Tempo detects motion – walking, running, sitting, standing, or lying down – and location; and the software figures out the associated activities. It transmits data and charges wire ...
This is part 1 in a series of XMOS startKIT posts. The following topics are covered here: Introduction/Terminology/Architecture Running Tasks in Parallel XMOS and IoT Installing the development environment xTIMEcomposer Building and running an Example Program Example: Controlling a Servo Example: Multi-tasking Troubleshooting/Debugging   Part 2 is called XMOS startKIT: Building an XMOS and Raspberry Pi Robot XMP-1 and it covers these topics: Robot introduction. Hardware and Softwa ...
Virtual Trip Runner (VTR) and Real Trip Recorder (RTR) blog entry #1 blog #2 blog #3 This project is an attempt to develop an open source vehicle simulator for use by anyone needing realistic vehicle data delivered as it would be in a real vehicle. The project was inspired by a request from element14 to team up with Texas Instruments, Cisco and element14 who are all interested in supporting development of an open source vehicle simulator. Shabaz put together a great introduction to the pr ...

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