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Homey (via kickstarter)   Home automation devices are on the uptrend, but one device may knock the competition out of the race. Meet Homey, a home automation device with eight radio modules, enabling it to turn your home into a smart home (Originally a Raspberry Pi system!). From making your coffee to setting your home temperature, lighting and music preferences the moment you walk in the door, Homey does it all. Thanks homey!   The Possibilities   Imagine that you just woke up to ...
Well if you don't know yet, I've been trying to answer the question: "How much does opening and closing my refrigerator door cost?" You can read my first blog about this topic here: I Wonder How Much That Costs ...   Firstly, thanks to Element14 and EnOcean for letting me road-test this product. I cannot stress enough how well this product performed, and it far exceeded my expectations. You can read the road test review for more information. As for the question of how much it costs, it tur ...
The IoT is growing and home automation is a great business opportunity. Companies like Nest, Revolv, DropCam, Belkin and many others are already making fantastic headways in these areas but more can still be done.   I am in the process of creating a company that will revolutionalize a section of the business in Home Automation. But investor relation and business development is my strong suit and not designing the actual product even though I have a very strong idea of what I want to create ...
Hello element14,   In this post, I'm introducing a oscilloscope-like instrument that you can build for less than $25. And the good thing is it can work over internet.   Introduction Are you a electronics tinkerer? How many times you wished for an oscilloscope?? What about building one? And how awesome it would be if it can work over internet??   It all started when I saw a roadtest, here in element14. It was the road test for Tiva C Series TM4C1294 Connected LaunchPad. It is a eva ...
Introduction Ever think to yourself, "I wonder how much that costs", or more importantly "I wonder how much that is costing me"? I wondered this about my refrigerator. Exactly how much money does it cost every time I open the refrigerator door? Well, I hope to be able to answer that question with the new Raspberry Pi and EnOcean IoT pack. My plan is to create a system where the Raspberry Pi monitors when my refrigerator door is opened, how long it is opened, and the ambient temperature. Then ...
Click here to view the webinar video. Q: Do you think a separate low power network across cities are required, or the existing GSM/3G/4G networks can be used to enable wider use of IoT? No I don't think so. I think it is partially required in some cases but in general no. The reason is that wifi networks are widely available. As such, we can utilize existing infrastructure. In case isolated locations are required or very long range, there are technologies that can enable long range (such as sub ...
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Vehicle Simulator Project

Posted by dougw Top Member Jun 17, 2014
blog entry #2 see also Blog #1 Vehicle Simulator - VTR / RTR    and blog #3 Vehicle Simulator Project - update   This is an update to the initial blog on a vehicle simulator here: http://www.element14.com/community/groups/internet-of-things/blog/2014/05/02/vehicle-simulator--vtr-rtr   This simulator looks like an operating vehicle to any instrumentation or application that can interface to a normal vehicle via its OBDII connector. The data supplied by the simulator i ...
Well, well, it's about time I'm back!  I was all excited to load the Spark app on my Iphone when I ran into a slight dilemma. Apparently I needed to update the IOS, and in order to do that, I needed to upload 1,000 pics to make room for it. What can I say, busy people don't have time to transfer and sort photos.  What is interesting, is that most of my photos were either documentation of projects, or other people's tech projects, plus or minus a few robots. So, it's true I'm a geek...l ...
Previous blog posts for this project: IoT Alarm Clock - Part 1 IoT Alarm Clock - Part 2 Setting up the webserver Web app development Enclosure progress Next post This post focuses mainly on the build of the enclosure (lots of pictures!), but starts off with installation of some software components to get the web application running. Setting up the webserver  Install the "lighttpd" webserver on the pi:   pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo apt-get install lighttpd ...
I’m going to describe a fantastic new option that solves all the problems I’ve brought up in this series. Like a magic wand if you touch your implanted security tag to a device, it immediately connects to Skynet where your data now (and in the future) will be available to you via your visual implant. Sorry. I don’t really have an instant fix. Apple showed off a neat solution where you tap your iPhone against your Apple TV and they shared passwords, auto-config ...
The ThingBox Project @ thethingbox.io  I thought I'd introduce a simple to use program tool available on the Pi. I plan to try and tie this into several projects to get a younger audience into the IoT and a simple drag and drop interface seems a great place to start. Along with their sample projects to show working examples. I think it could help get quite a few started in the IoT field.   Install Internet Of Things technologies on a Raspberry-Pi without any technical knowledge and ...
So what is the state of Internet of Things today? How good have the building blocks of IoT become? We tested this by building our own E-Paper keylock for our office front door with Spark Core and our V Tablet device. In the end it took us less than a day to create a new keylock which can be controlled from the web and additional 15 minutes to add a E-Paper keypad. And except for the lack of proper casing for our Spark Core, there is nothing that screams prototype about it - we're using the setup ...
A complete walk through can be found in my Road Test Review on setting up the EnOcean Pi and Sensors:   http://www.element14.com/community/roadTestReviews/1795   With my recent arrival of the EnOcean Pi Road Test Kit I thought a tutorial on setting up the Gateway would be a great article to start with. The Sensor Kit is on backorder so I will fill my time working with just the EnOcean Pi Gateway for now.   This entire process is outlined within the White Paper :  Raspberry ...

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