• LIFX is having a pretty amazing sale on their colored bulbs right now - 4 for 150, or less than $40 per bulb. These were normally $100, though I see they’re discounted individually to $60. I wonder if they’re introducing a new bulb?

  • 4 week free online IoT course. Just started, if you’d like to join.

  • I’ve come around to this point of view also, especially w.r.t benefits. 

    Let’s say that the “Wave 1″ IoT tools have focused on hobby-fun and convenience, and for the most part failing at the latter (the basket full of remotes / interoperability issue). 

    If “Wave 2″ is going to be about benefits, we’re really talking about saving money or making money (right? am I missing something?). So that gets us into energy monitoring, energy control, lighting, and maybe security / “random event protection”. Or a whole new class of inventions that make money, though I don’t know what that is besides gimmicks.

    After you’ve converted to LED lighting and an energy efficient home (*ahem*) how much more can you save? So maybe the opportunity isn’t in the home, which is massively oversubscribed anyway - there’s three home hub startups right now on KickStarter.

    The cynical view is that the IoT movement is a scheme among vendors as well as consulting and research firms to drum up business. I’m not quite there yet. But pressed for use cases, executives here at the IoT World Forum repeat the same generalized visions around home automation, smart meters and sensors, and health care.

    There has to be more than that. And I believe there is more, but there’s still a lot of work to be done before the visions come into focus.

  • It’s not entirely clear how they create interoperability with existing things. It does create connections to lots of Intel things running various OSes.

    Project Newton is intended to provide an advanced total solution for smart home IoT control.

    • Connect any smart home IoT device
    • Does not depend on hand-held devices
    • Low cost
    • Not dependent on the environment, light intensity, noise level, or positional direction of the user

    We developed an advanced total solution to smart home IoT control, named Project Newton. This system includes the connection of all main platforms [snip - dpj]

    Smart home vendors usually define a set of application layer communication protocols, but these protocols are relatively closed. In Project Newton, we use CoAP (Constrained Application Protocol), which is a software protocol intended to allow simple electronics devices to communicate interactively over the Internet. CoAP protocol, based on the RESTful framework, is converted into an HTTP protocol to build a smart gateway easily. 

  • Transport for London is doing a six week test on several bus lines of pedestrian and cyclist avoidance systems.

    Transport for London (TfL) today confirmed that trials of detection software to enhance bus driver awareness of pedestrians and cyclists, will start later this month as part of a continued drive to improve road safety in the capital.

    Four buses, two on route 25 and two on route 73, will be fitted with brand new pedestrian and cyclist detection software as part of a six-week trial.

    The technology directly alerts bus drivers when pedestrians and cyclists are moving close to their vehicles, helping to reduce collisions.

    TfL is trialling two systems ‘CycleEye’ from Fusion Processing Limited and 'Cycle Safety Shield’ from Safety Shield Systems Limited.

  • 3 videos, covering Raspberry Pi, Javascript, and Arduino. $99 “introductory price. Probably all old-hat for you guys, may be useful for beginners though I note that Coursera has a few interesting courses: e.g. here, here, and here.

  • This really is cool if you’ve got at excess $2200 about, or are part of a hacklab.

    Why might you want a V-One on your desk? Overall, it seems like a great tool for prototyping with surface mount components, and for doing very low volume assembly of professionally spun PCBs. It definitely will appeal to hardware startups and other companies that need prototypes assembled fast and chea

  • Notes: 2

    Reblogged from thebaldgeek

    Tags: WeMoAmazon EchoDIY



    This guy made his computer simulate Belkin WeMos, which doesn’t seem an overly difficult task, but the devil is in the details as always.

    I have been using this code since ~2 days after I got my Echo.
    It was very easy to implement, the interface to my home automation is a simple REST call. The Echo needs a simple “HTTP 200 Ok” response for both off and on.
    The only (Echo diven) limit is a max of 15 virtual devices. In my case this is partly mitigated by the fact that you can turn something on over and over, the Echo does not care, so a macro can be fired for either an on or off command.

    Bottom line, if you have an Echo, want to dabble in some code, give this a try.

  • Notes: 1

    Tags: SeeedWiFiWio Link

    Wio Link”: another Grove-based IoT project from Seeed. It has WiFi and you can visually program it from an app, 

    There’s a Kickstarter coming, although for Seeed this means e.g. “pre-orders”.

  • <rant>The latest era of Apple stuff is almost borderline unusable. I have no idea how iTunes works any more: some songs I can play all the time, some times some of the time, some only when I specifically select them but not otherwise, and some never. The iOS app for Music is incomprehensible. Everything now seems to open on a “buy something from Apple page” not a  “here’s my content page”. Dialogs (like “upgrades available”) try to trick you into selecting the option Apple wants you to do by manipulating the button placement (and size). Options you’d like to see (e.g. “just let me live my life”) don’t exist. iOS forces you to go through multiple dialogs daily to avoid upgrading the OS, a fairly disruptive process</rant>

    Is there a Linux WM that’s whole screen all the time for each application? All I really use is Chrome and Terminal (and sometimes a note taking app). I could probably replace my MacBook with a cheap laptop that did those things.

  • Another home automation Kickstarter (see the tag). Packed with features but rather pricey ($350) considering that unfairly or not it’s going to be compared to the Amazon Echo $180. Doing the whole “app store” thing + SDK, which makes me think you need the cloud to take advantage of it (like SmartThings).


  • The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has allocated the 79 GHz spectrum for use in motor vehicle applications.

    …Brizzolara writes that the extra resolution is important: in the 24 GHz band, multiple objects are seen as one, and that makes it hard for an autonomous vehicle system to make the right decisions.

    Devices operating at 79 GHz are also one-third the size of 24 GHz devices.

  • Roles, Roles and Policies in AWS IoT

    I’ve implemented shell scripts to create Rules and Policies you’re likely to need when using AWS Iot, as well as sample JSON files containing the same. You can get these here

    There’s three AWS IoT concepts to know about:

    • “Rules”
    • “Roles”
    • “Policies”

    “Rules” are added add to the Message Broker to decide what to do with messages coming in from your Things. You can filter on “topics” and the contents of the message received.

    Rules are given permission to do things by “Roles”. You have to associate a Role with a Rule if you want the Rule to do anything.

    Here’s the complicated bit. Roles don’t actually hold the permissions. Instead, you create “Policies” and add them to the Roles. The Policies actually determine what the Role, and hence the Rule can do.

    So there’s a level of indirection in there provided by Roles, which basically acts as a bucket of Policies.

    See more here:

  • Arduino board with tons of features. It would be nice if there was a clear path to breaking out some of the features, e.g. GPS + GSM + Arduino.

    • It includes GSM, GPRS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth BR/EDR/BLE, GPS, ARM7 EJ-S and SD card connector onboard.
    • Pinout is similar to Arduino Boards.
    • Grove Compatible interface.
    • Audio Codec.
    • Energy efficient.
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    Tags: KegDataBeerCool

    This is fun: a Smart Beer Tap with cloud services. Claims to save $10,000+ a year for bars.