• 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.

     
  • My take:

    The thrust of the article of course is not about other people’s ideas, but yours:

    Ideas are like a little seed. You need a lot of care and a conducive ecosystem (built by you) around it to make it sprout a great plant and an eventual tree.

    The only way to overcome your fear is to focus on the road and not the wall.

    When young drivers are starting to race, this is one of the most critical lessons that they learn. When you’re driving at 200mph you need to focus on the road in front of you. If you look at the wall, then you’ll end up hitting it.

    Focus on what you have to do rather than what people have to say about it.

     
  • "Objects may be closer than they appear" - Lessons from 10 years of #IoT

     
  • Based on my own experience with a startup in the parking industry, more traditional industries tend to be fragmented and resistant to change. When that industry incorporates municipalities, the cycle time and bureaucracy can be excruciatingly painful. Additionally, when an industry is service related, the requirement for having a track record and reputation for support become critical decision criteria over and beyond any benefits that an IoT solution from a startup may appear to deliver.

     
  • I’ve probably covered most of these in the last few months, but some lazy day reading for you.

     
  • On my list to buy, now that there’s an API of sorts.

     
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  • Very similar in some ways to what I’m doing with IOTDB.

    var Cylon = require('cylon');
    
    Cylon.robot({
      connection: { name: 'ardrone', adaptor: 'ardrone', port: '192.168.1.1' },
      device: { name: 'drone', driver: 'ardrone' },
    
      work: function(my) {
        my.drone.takeoff();
        after(10..seconds(), function() { my.drone.land(); });
        after(15..seconds(), function() { my.drone.stop(); });
      }
    }).start();
     
  • Good idea. Make the enemies want to punch you in the face so they’ll drop their weapons.