• IOTDB is this cornerstone. If you’re creating or using disparate connected devices, get in touch with me and I’ll hook you up.

    The basis for making IoT happen is the connecting of things: billions of diverse things, from tiny acceleration sensors to video cameras, routers, and cars – or even vacuum cleaners. Connecting one device or devices of the same breed and from the same vendor is easy. But connecting lots of devices or more heterogeneous ones is another story. They need to find the same ‘thing speak’ –a shared abstraction layer to talk to each other. Only by establishing a lingua franca can diverse things be connected to each other, integrated, and managed effectively. This cornerstone has to be laid before we can start talk about new services and in the Internet of Things.

  • Usual IT department fretting about the business getting out their control. BYOD².

  • This is getting into core issues IOTDB is addressing.

    Whether you call it the Internet of Things, Internet of Everything, Industrial Internet, Internet of Services or Internet of FOO, it is inevitable you run into the supposedly BIG question meant to spark a religious war.  Which protocol should the IoT standardize on?  MQTT, that is the way!  Nyet, must use XMPP!  Away with you sir, COAP is it! You shall not pass, IPv6 is the one ring to rule them all!  Excuse me sonny, but websockets are tried and true!   Ok, ok strange character voices debating in my head aside, the question is a legitimate one, but I think the answer is really quite simple: ALL OF THEM.

    …Beyond these examples, the IoT/E needs to embrace the “open” philosophy.  That means supporting multiple embedded platforms, gateways, and third-party services being joined together through a myriad of connecting protocols to create solutions that are exponentially better than the sum of their parts.  No one protocol standard will dictate how a TI chipset is integrated with an iOS based application and Salesforce.com for sales tracking nor should it

  • Get ready for a lot more stories like this over the next few years. This is a point that a lot of Home IoT designers seem to miss - have things happen around your house without you actively triggering them is weird; having them happen for no reason that you can think of is creepy.

    Also note the biggest problem in home automation : meaningful presence detection.

  • It’s not the article I want to draw your attention to but the comments. Peter Waher argues the case for XMPP (over MQTT). I won’t summarize what he said but to me this strikes me like OSI/ISO vs TCP (or even IPv6 v IPv4). I tried to work with XMPP before : it was hard. I had MQTT working exactly as advertised in 5 minutes. Yes, MQTT doesn’t have this or that but I’m sure there’ll be workarounds when they’re needed.

  • There’s no doubt that “dweet" is simple to use : just visit that URL on your smart phone and you’re sharing data using JSON. I assume there’s something deeper going on here, or being planned? That you can share info but additionally you can layer security and/or historical data with it for an additional fee?

    With a new service called Freeboard, Bug Labs is giving people a simple one-click way to publish data from a “thing” to its own Web page (Bug Labs calls this “dweeting”). To get a sense of this, visit Dweet.io with your computer or mobile phone, click “try it now,” and you’ll see raw data from your device itself: its GPS coordinates and even the position of your computer mouse. The data is now on a public Web page and available for analysis and aggregation; another click stops this sharing.

    Freeboard, expected to be launched Tuesday, makes sense of such streams of data. A few more clicks create quick graphical displays of the shared information, such as location, temperature, motor speed, or simply whether a device is on or off. “We are trying to make the Internet of things far simpler, and far more accessible, to anybody,” says Peter Semmelhack, CEO of Bug Labs, a business that initially focused on the development of open-source modular hardware (see “Bug Labs Adds New Modules”), but which now develops software platforms.

  • Tags: Robots

    Micro-robot assembly (video). Full story

  • Jasper has raised $50 million in funding at a valuation of more than $1 billion for software that enables objects of all types—autos, baby pajamas, airplane engines and so on—to communicate in what has lately become known as the Internet of Things.

    …Jasper’s software is now used by more than 1,000 companies from more than 20 industries and is integrated with global mobile operating groups around the world. It delivers, manages and secures connections among things, bringing in applications and services from the Internet. It routes services to customers, meters them, charges for them and shows service providers analytics on how their business is doing.

  • Volta Labs spans two floors in a building on one of Halifax’s best-known streets: Spring Garden Road. … Volta, which opened in May 2013, is described as a startup house. It offers select entrepreneurs everything they require to create a startup: subsidized office space, Internet access, and pro bono legal and accounting advice. “We stock the coffee. We stock the food,” Mr. Vrekic added. There’s also cash to help offset travel costs (up to $5,000) for startups seeking contributions from U.S. investors in either New York or San Francisco.

    With their basic needs taken care of, the entrepreneurs are free to build and create. “They need to succeed fast or fail fast. That’s why there is a time limit,” Mr. Vrekic said. “The moment you hit $500,000 in revenue, six employees, or one year, we start talking about graduation

  • But the Web is not just about static descriptions of entities. It is about taking action on these entities —- from making a reservation to watching a movie to commenting on a post.

    Today, we are excited to start the next chapter of schema.org and structured data on the Web by introducing vocabulary that enables websites to describe the actions they enable and how these actions can be invoked. 

  • Tags: AllJoyn

    One of the IoT’s assumed attributes is the ability to get connected devices in businesses and homes to interact. The AllSeen Alliance’s solution is AllJoyn, an open-source project that allows products, apps, and services to communicate via various transport layers — including WiFi, power line, or Ethernet — regardless of manufacturer or operating system, the Alliance claims.

    "Any company that wants to leverage AllJoyn doesn’t have to read a spec, interpret, and implement it," said Ben-Zur. "You just take the code, put it as-is into your product, and there’s really not any interpretation needed. It will be the same code that everyone else get

  • It’s a disk image with IoT software for the Raspberry Pi.

    The ThingBox contains most of the major internet of things (IoT) technologies: a MQTT broker (Mosquitto), a javascript HTTP server built on top of Node.Js and last but not least the tool that allows to deal with the connected objects without programming, Node-Red: this wonderfull website uses the web browser and a graphical drag’n drop User Interface to produce data flows between the object at the rest of the world.

  • I booked my ticket yesterday and I’m looking forward to seeing all these.

  • The Wimp is a personal weather station that uses the weather shield along with an Electric Imp to push live weather data up to Wunderground. You can help increase the accuracy and prediction of weather by adding a weather meter to your house! But why buy an off-the-shelf system when you can build you own? For around $250 you can build a cutting edge open source station that you have complete control over! All you need is a pile of parts and access to a Wifi network.

  • Project Ara is a open-source modular cellphone. My personal opinion is that this is not great idea : like the one laptop-per-child initiative, it is caught clearly in the sights of Moore’s Law. Everything is so damned good and getting constantly getting cheaper, it’s hard to do anything that will get ahead of that. I bet it’ll be fun for us hobbyist types tho.