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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Firmata is a generic protocol for communicating with microcontrollers from software on a host computer. It is intended to work with any host computer software package. Right now there is a matching object in a number of languages. It is easy to add objects for other software to use this protocol. Basically, this firmware establishes a protocol for talking to the Arduino from the host software. The aim is to allow people to completely control the Arduino from software on the host compute