IoT

IoT Maker Meetup @ The Columbus Idea Foundry 25 Aug

Event NameIoT Maker Meetup @ The Columbus Idea Foundry
Event DetailsWe want to meet the entrepreneurs, makers, and innovators of Columbus, Ohio! Anyone with great ideas and skills who wants to learn and collaborate on turning those ideas into marketable businesses should attend.Expect:
– Seminars and talks about IoT, technology, and entrepreneurship
– Networking with Columbus’ finest
– Free foodThis is ContentVia’s 3rd ever IoT Meetup and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.
Address (Address, City, Country)435 W. State St
Date8/25/2015
Organiser (person, company, org)Ryan McManus & ContentVia
Link to Ticketshttps://www.facebook.com/events/481655092009774/
Your Websitewww.Contentvia.com
Twitter Handle or Hashtag@Rynmcmns
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Is this the best place in the world to prototype hardware? Visiting Shenzhen

SEG Plaza Shenzhen - Credit Wikipedia

SEG Plaza Shenzhen – Credit Wikipedia

Shenzhen is the best city in the world for Makers, Hackers and anyone who needs to build physical product. After two visits I am convinced you are crazy to build electronics or hardware in any other part of the world.

I just returned from a trip to Hong Kong and Shenzhen. It was my first time into China, I found Hong Kong exciting but exhausting and despite the stories I had heard about Chinese cities I found Shenzhen to be very clean, safe and it just seemed to work really well as a city, traffic was ok, the metro was very efficient, streets were clean and the people polite.

Large buildings on spacious green city blocks stretched for as far as the eye could see for such a populated hub of industry it is very pleasant. 30 years ago Shenzhen was a small regional centre, now its estimated that there are ~19 million, 4 million above the official estimates as Chinese from all over the country come here for work because it has become one of the growth Chinese cities.

In my day job I run a team of people prototyping inventions, primarily electronics based devices. I had heard Shenzhen was the centre of the universe when it comes to electronics and making just about anything.

I was in Hong Kong for a short break and I decided to take a few day trips to across the border to see for myself. You can easily do it in a day and I will shortly publish details in another post to show you how but for now think of it as a 45 minute suburban train trip from Hong Kong with a low stress border crossing. If you look at it on a map, its like travelling from San Francisco to the Valley.

SEG Plaza Markets Shenzhen

The highlight of any day trip is the SEG Plaza Markets, they are absolutely amazing. If you work in Electronics, are a hobbyist or have ever dreamt of building your own electronic hardware you have to visit.

SEG Plaza

SEG Plaza

It is simply mind-blowing, the SEG centre is one of the largest markets, has 10 floors of electronics, with the bottom most levels given over to every imaginable component you would need to build any electronic device. All the surrounding buildings have similar arrangements, I lost count of how many of market buildings there are in the zone however it would be upwards of 15 surrounding the SEG Plaza.

Across the 10 floors there are literally thousands of little booths containing every chip, IC, memory,  screw, bolt, nut, LED, reels of components ready for Surface Mounting (SMD), strips of LEDS in reels stacked 6ft high.

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Adhoc soldering on counters is the order of the day, workers are soldering components together, mounting chips or LED onto boards etc with Children running around as the day gets later. Occupational Health and Safety is not really a known concept.

As you get higher up the floors (there is a maze of escalators, with no apparent logic to it) the floors start to progress from components and accessories to fully assembled computers and notebooks, many are touting that they are from major brand names like Samsung, Acer (they probably aren’t) Lenovo (they might be) and then hundreds of motherboard resellers which may or may not be as described.

There is an amazing buzz to the place, literally it doesn’t stop, every moment there are dozens of people running from trader to trader, or wheeling trolleys stack with reels of components.

But unlike markets you will find in tourist ares the markets are really not for Westerners to buy a few gadgets, although they are welcome but they are not really looking for tourists.

The markets exist to trade components between suppliers and factories in the surrounding districts. Thousands of these little booths represent factories in the province, and other factories buy and ship whatever they need to each other.

Most of the traders are friendly

Most of the traders are friendly

Aside from just about every component, nuts, bolts, LEDs, lights, switches, SMT Rework stations, SMD ovens, CNC Routers just about anything you need to build an electronic project can be had within a few city blocks. The amazing thing is that they are just taking orders and shipping product all day, non stop people wheeling trolleys stacked high with reels of electronic components whizz past every few seconds.

CNC Routers

CNC Routers

A few words of warning

I don’t want to be alarmist or negative on doing business here because I think from my short visit the place is amazing and we will be establishing a presence sooner than later, but it was clear to me after a few days in the markets you could easily get taken for a ride.

Its not clear to me the sort of consumer and legal protections you expect in the Western world are available here to a Western visitor.

Whilst there are many honest suppliers it pays to beware. Many are selling used components, many sell substandard or even mislabeled products. No one is particularly worried about your needs, they may not give you the time of day to get the right thing for you or may not understand you, understandably most don’t speak English, Spanish, German or whatever you speak. Its very much caveat emptor.

Some might be genuine brands, and may actually work. Others less so. In their defence the Chinese Authorities are apparently trying to stamp out blatant counterfeit products according to some of the senior business people I spoke to.

Some of the companies do a great range of knockoffs including this very well engineered Jambox knockoff, interestingly there are many vendors of very cheap iPhones and Samsung phones, story is that they work and they have real smart phone components inside them but they are not at all the genuine article.

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I think the secret is that if you are looking at phones that cost less than costs for Apple or Samsung to make them then its a pretty good bet that they are not genuine.

The companies who make these knockoffs are known as Shanzhai which comes from the old stories of bandits who live in the mountains and evade the authorities, their products used to be mostly poor quality, however many of them are now making much higher quality products and starting to produce products which match the big guys for quality and innovation and some of the first double SIMM phones came from these companies. Some of these companies are turning into major brand names for the domestic Chinese market.

Successful Manufacturing in Shenzhen

It would seem that if you want to build product, you need to build solid relationships with local businesses, in my opinion the best way to start these relationships is to find yourself a fixer or sourcer of components who for a fee can introduce you to suppliers and manage the process when you are not in country.

To quote one of our guides,

“Product comes first it must be the right thing, then relationship, then price. Relationship is much more important to us than price”

To be successful manufacturing here I think one of your team has to be here regularly, many Kickstarter projects appear to have come off the rails for this reason, they completely underestimate the complexities and costs of managing the manufacturing process offshore.

Some of the expat old hands in the area talk about quality fade, where what you specified and ordered is gradually (or suddenly) substituted with lower quality or cheaper components and you might not get the good news until its in your customers hands.

Perhaps the only way to guard against this is to find someone who is trusted and recommended by a western manufacturer you know and trust and to have someone on hand inspecting the factories on a regular basis.

I think you also need to take some risks, check out some of the suppliers but not bet the farm on them until you build a longer term relationship.

If it is important that you know the exact components you are getting and where they came from for quality control reasons or certification requirements ie Medical Devices or other such, there is every chance this is not the right way for you to obtain components or develop new products.

Shenzhen is FAST

The upside is when you have someone here managing the more intense aspects of the development cycle such as rapid prototyping or getting the assembly and manufacturing process right you can rapidly accelerate your product development. As an example you can build prototypes at 2-5 times faster in Shenzhen than you can if you are sitting in Sydney or San Francisco (SF might be a little easier).

The convenience of being able to walk down the street and pick up the parts you need cannot be underestimated especially compared to being in a western city where you could face 1-2 weeks delay to get components in from overseas and $70 in express airfreight fees.

In Sydney if I want to order a new board, it can take 3-5 weeks to be fabricated, assembled, tested and then delivered.

In Shenzhen PCBs can be ordered and delivered within 2 days, assembly can be turned around in a few days, and if you have your engineer there you can have them work through the process with the assembly guys rather than 10,000 km away waiting two weeks for it turn up not knowing if it will work.

Its difficult to imagine building products in China and not having a member of your team here monthly if not during the whole process, certainly if you manage to get any level of success with your product you will need to establish a presence here.

Getting to the SEG Plaza Markets

Getting to Shenzhen from Hong Kong is fairly easy, but you need to do your homework before you go as once you are in the China its much more difficult to get access to Google Maps and many of the online Google tools you might be used to. If you are coming from Hong Kong take the metro from Luohu to Huaqiang Rd, its very cheap and very fast. I will post a separate article on getting there and through immigration later this week.

At the time I wrote this, 5 day Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Visas are available to most nationalities who wish to visit the city but the fees vary depending on your country (basically China just treats your citizens the way they your country treats their citizens). Note there are some nationalities that cannot get in via the 5 Day visa, in particular the USA. You should confirm your eligibility before you hope on the train at Hong Kong.

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Helpful Resources

There is a very active expat hardware community making cool stuff.

The guys from Dangerous Prototypes run these great Hacker Camps where for a very reasonable fee will take a group through the details of getting established and building product in Shenzhen, factory tours, where to eat, live, the markets and all the things that on your own you probably would struggle with for months or years.

They have another camp 3rd week in Sept 2014.

They kindly videoed the last one
Other resources

Grovestreams IoT platform

Interesting new startups is a regular feature, if you want your startup featured next week List your startup here. 

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Startup Name *GroveStreams
What problem are you solving?Providing actionable intelligence in the cloud for the Internet of Things as massive amounts of data arrives.
What is your solution?Our solution is to apply today’s business intelligence capabilities to the internet of things along with the following capabilities:
– Device and stream modeling
– Device data logging
– Data Visualizations
– Complex expression based stream analytics
– Event detection with Notifications
– Geo tracking
– Public API that exposes almost everything
– Big Data (we can manage millions to billions of streams)
– SaaSGroveStreams is more than an application. It is a cloud platform that many applications can be built on top of.Many vertical IoT applications will be built in the coming years. We want GroveStreams to be the platform of choice for these new applications. Customers can use us as is or build their own unique solution on top of us. Think of us as the Oracle of the Internet of Things.
Why is this a great opportunity?McKinsey Global Institute: “We estimate the potential economic impact of the Internet of Things to be $2.7 trillion to $6.2 trillion per year by 2025…”Several IoT cloud platforms have entered the market in the last few years, but none provide the capabilities and the reliability that GroveStreams provides at the low fees we charge. Most of our customers come from these existing platforms.The market is hungry for a low cost IoT solution that scales – one that can answer the tough questions as data arrives from all of their data sources, including devices.
Target MarketOur primary target market is solution providers. These are consulting companies that already have a large client base but need the tools to build their next generation solution.Other Markets:
– Utilities
– Governments
– Health Monitoring Companies
– Environmental Companies
– Hardware Hobbyists (or future entrepreneurs)
How will you make money?– Small users (and test-drivers) are free
– SaaS fees. We charge $0.05/month per data stream and $0.05/month per 10,000 cloud http transactions.
– Private cluster leasing and maintenance fees
– Consulting fees
Founders NamesMike Mills
Websitehttps://www.grovestreams.com
What type of funding has the company receivedBootstrapped/self funded

 

 

Our opinion: Fast growing space, no clear winners, good they have traction and customers already

 

 

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Internet of Things – Big List of Companies, Products, Devices and Software by Sector

I have recently spent a lot of time researching the companies and products in the Internet of Things (IoT) space and decided to list all of these out into a post to make it easy to see who is doing what. It’s a work in progress, it’s not complete (will never be) so please be patient as I add additional resources and information. The original inspiration for this came from a Techcrunch infographic by Matt Turck managing director of FirstMark Capital http://mattturck.com/2013/07/16/making-sense-of-the-internet-of-things/ but it was lacking URLs or any useful descriptions or photos about the companies. It has since been supplemented by about 100 other companies that I have found while looking at the landscape. If you have an interesting new product or startup or we haven’t found you yet,  please Tweet me @mikenicholls88 or tell us your story here and we will add it to the list, if it looks interesting we may even publish a separate article on it.

Platforms

Hardware Platforms

Arduino.cc

Arguably the device that launched a 1000 startups. Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping computing platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. Available in numerous different sizes shapes and even flexible or fabric based computing devices and hundreds of software programs called Sketches allows you to experiment with controlling devices and chips by downloading the sketch to your Arduino which is hooked up to your sensor, device, robot, UAV or other device to be controlled.

Arduino-logo
Arduino-logo
Arduino-models
Arduino-models
Arduino- Models 2
Arduino Models 2

Intel Galileo

intel_galileo

intel_galileo

The Intel® Galileo board is a microcontroller board based on the Intel® Quark SoC X1000 application processor, a 32-bit Intel® Pentium® brand system on a chip (SoC). It is the first board based on Intel® architecture designed to be hardware and software pin-compatible with shields designed for the Arduino Uno* R3.

This platform provides the ease of Intel architecture development through support for the Microsoft Windows*, Mac OS*, and Linux* host operating systems. It also brings the simplicity of the Arduino integrated development environment (IDE) software.

 

Raspberry-Pi

http://www.raspberrypi.org Rasberry-Pi The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.The idea behind a tiny and cheap computer for kids came in 2006, when Eben Upton, Rob Mullins, Jack Lang and Alan Mycroft, based at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory, became concerned about the year-on-year decline in the numbers and skills levels of the A Level students applying to read Computer Science. Rasberry Pi cost between $25-35

RasberryPi
RasberryPi
RaspiModelB
RaspiModelB

Gadgeteer

http://www.netmf.com/gadgeteer/ This is Microsoft’s attempt at the smart devices and internet of things space. Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer is an open-source toolkit for building small electronic devices using the .NET Micro Framework and Visual Studio (including Express editions). Gadgeteer combines the advantages of object-oriented programming, solderless assembly of electronics with a kit of peripherals, and support for quick form-factor construction using computer-aided design. gadgeteer_logo

Gadgeteer modules - Credit Microsoft
Gadgeteer modules – Credit Microsoft
Gadgeteer - Rover 5 Tank Chassis - Credit - Microsoft
Gadgeteer – Rover 5 Tank Chassis – Credit – Microsoft

Beaglebone

beagle_logo_hdr BeagleBone Black is a $45 MSRP community-supported development platform for developers and hobbyists. Boot Linux in under 10 seconds and get started on development in less than 5 minutes with just a single USB cable.

Beaglebone - Credit Beaglebone.org
Beaglebone – Credit Beaglebone.org

 

Cubieboard

Cubieboard
Cubieboard

Electric Imp

http://electricimp.com/ The imp is a powerful, yet tiny, hardware module that runs the imp OS. Our operating system provides the foundation to build advanced features and services for your devices, and it works with the imp Cloud to provide seamless and secure connectivity of your devices to software, third party services and external servers.

Electric Imp
Electric Imp

Hardware Variations and Accessories

Earthmake

http://earthmake.com Touchscreen LCD for Arduino platform

Earthmake-Touchscreen-LCD
Earthmake-Touchscreen-LCD

Seeeduino Film

http://www.seeedstudio.com

Seeeduino Film
Seeeduino Film

Seeeduino Film is a Arduino chipset mounted on a Flexible circuit, it is only a few mm thick and around 20mm wide by 70mm long, having used these ourselves I can tell you it is tiny and so light and very flexible, chips notwithstanding.

 Communications Hardware

 

TST Sistemas

TST -IOT Device TSmarT supporting ethernet, wifi, zigbee and  nfc or rfid?

TST – IOT Device TSmarT supporting ethernet, wifi, zigbee and nfc or rfid?

TST is a high-tech start-up founded in 2007 with private capital as a spin-off from Network Planning & Mobile Communications Lab at the University of Cantabria. They have recently announced an IOT Device called TSmarT which supports ethernet, wifi, zigbee and nfc or rfid all in the same device. http://www.tst-sistemas.es

Software Platforms and Frameworks

 

Riot

Riot - Internet of Things Platform     http://www.riot-os.org/ RIOT is an open source software platform that bridges the gap between operating systems for WSNs and full fledged operating systems currently running on Internet hosts. RIOT provides a uniform programming interface across a wide range of devices, allowing multi-threading with standard POSIX API with very small memory footprint, starting from 1,5kB RAM and 5kB ROM (without network stack). By design it provides energy efficiency, reliability, and real-time capabilities, based on a modular, microkernel architecture. RIOT implements a microkernel architecture. In addition, RIOT add native support for C/C++ and provides a TCP/IP network stack. RIOT_network_architecture_dark_preview Advantages of the RIOT architecture thus include: (i) high reliability and (ii) a developer-friendly API. The modular microkernel architecture of RIOT makes it robust against bugs in single components. Failures in the device driver or the file system, for example, will not harm the whole system. RIOT allows developers to create as many threads as needed and distributed systems can be easily implemented by using the kernel message API. The amount of threads is only limited by the available memory and stack size for each thread, while the computational and memory overhead is minimal. RIOT supports current Internet standards, such as 6LoWPAN, IPv6, RPL, TCP, and UDP.

Carriots

Carriots

Carriots.com

www.carriots.com We are a spanish startup offering a Platform as a Sercice for IoT projects. Powerful rules engine (Groovy scripting), data storage and project management. And its free up to 10 devices, enough to build your first IoT project.

1. CONNECT DEVICES

Connect all kind of devices to Carriots to gather data and build applications for them

2. COLLECT DATA

Use our HTTP RESTful API to push and pull XML or JSON encoded data

3. MANAGE DEVICES & DATA

Take full control of your machines using the 2 way communication protocols.

4. BUILD YOUR APPS

Carriots let you define your rules in your apps. Your connected objects become smart

5. WE RUN IT!

 I particularly like the Beer Flowmeter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO_V0mKRj-s

Lithouse

Developer Portal for Internet-of-Things, looks like a beta service. https://www.lithouse.co

Lithouse-API

Lithouse-API

Build your device by connecting sensors and actuators.
Register the device with Lithouse and collect a deviceKey.
Download Lithouse client libraries for your platforms (Arduino, Raspberry Pi etc.) and initialize with thedeviceKey.

And, you will be able to access the device through our RESTful APIs.

NodeJS

Node.js dark http://nodejs.org/ Node.js is a platform built on Chrome’s JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.

Sensinode

http://www.sensinode.com/

Sensinode
Sensinode

Sensinode was recently acquired by ARM. Sensinode provides end-to-end software products that bring IP and web services to the end node, combining highly optimized embedded client software with a scalable management and web application platform. Sensinode’s software brings web services to the most demanding enterprise applications in the Internet of Things.

- nanoservice.pngNanoStack » NanoStack™ 2.0 is our advanced 6LoWPAN protocol stack software product for 2.4 GHz and Sub-GHz radios.
- nanoservice.pngNanoRouter » The NanoRouter™ 2.0 software acts as a 6LoWPAN network edge router, and enables routing between 6LoWPAN and IPv4 / IPv6 networks.
NanoService » The NanoService™ solution provides end-to-end web services using leading CoAP and Embedded Web technology, including the backend web application environment, graphical reference apps and a device libraries.

 

IFTTT.com

https://ifttt.com/ IFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement: If this then that.  Each statement is called a recipe. Channels are the building blocks of an IFTTT statement. The various channels could be Facebook, Evernote, Email and Weather; Youtube, Dropbox, or Linkedin. For example a sample recipe for IFTTT will be : IF [New Favourite Video On Youtube] THEN [Share On Facebook] You can also create your own recipes by registering on the IFTTT website.

ifttt If this then that

 

Thingworx

http://www.thingworx.com/

ThingWorx – M2M Application Platform Thingworx makes it easy to build machine to machine and Internet of Things applications.

ioBridge

ioBridge - Connect things

www.iobridge.com

ioBridge makes it easy for professionals and enthusiasts to connect almost anything to the internet and monitor and control it via their smart phone or web app using our general purpose web gateways.

IO-204 Web Gateway Evaluation Kit

IO-204 Web Gateway Evaluation Kit

IO-201 Wi-Fi Web Gateway

IO-201 Wi-Fi Web Gateway

IO-204 Temperature Sensor Kit

IO-204 Temperature Sensor Kit

IO-204 Temperature and Humidity Sensor Kit

IO-204 Temperature and Humidity Sensor Kit

IO-204 Web Gateway

IO-204 Web Gateway

Gamma PRO Web Gateway and Wireless Endpoint Kit

Gamma PRO Web Gateway and Wireless Endpoint Kit

Buglabs

http://www.buglabs.net/ Bug Labs Buglabs developed Swarm which is a cloud-based “Internet of Things” development platform that let’s you easily add new services to your product.  Whether it’s a simple sensor device or a complex industrial system, Swarm provides everything necessary to get valuable new online product services up and running quickly. Swarm

Arrayent

http://www.arrayent.com/ The Arrayent Connect Platform enables you to connect your low-cost products to value-added smartphone and web applications with unprecedented low-cost and simplicity. platform

Open Source Platforms

Alljoyn

Alljoyn is @Qualcomm open source development platform for the Internet of Everything.

Alljoyn connected home - Credit Alljoyn.com
Alljoyn connected home – Credit Alljoyn.com

https://www.alljoyn.org/ provides a framework to code solutions focused on SmartTV, Automotive, Connected Home and Smart Audio

  • Device Information & Configuration – allows the device to broadcast information such as device type, manufacturer and serial numbers; also allows the user to assign a name and password to the device
  • Onboarding – allows headless and other simple devices to be easily connected via an intermediary to the user’s network
  • Notifications – so products can broadcast and receive basic communications easily (text, image/video, audio)
  • Control Panel – enables a device like a smartphone or tablet to control another product via a graphical interface
  • Audio – so any device with audio can stream it to any set of Alljoyn-enabled speakers, audio receivers and other audio playback devices

Thingspeak

https://www.thingspeak.com/ Thingspeak_logo An Open Application Platform to designed to enable meaningful connections between things and people.

Nimbits

http://www.nimbits.com/ Nimbits is a collection of software for recording time series data to the cloud.

Spark Core

http://www.sparkdevices.com/ Spark WiFi for Everything A tiny Wi-Fi development board that makes it easy to create internet-connected hardware. The Core is all you need to get started; power it over USB and in minutes you’ll be controlling LEDs, switches and motors and collecting data from sensors over the internet!

Xively

https://xively.com/ Xively Public Cloud Xively provides the platform, tools, services and partners that simplify and accelerate the creation of compelling connected offerings. With Xively, you’re free to focus on innovation instead of infrastructure.

Supermechanical

http://supermechanical.com/ TWINE BASIC Twine helps you detect small problems before they become big problems. Get notified of changes in temperature, vibration, orientation and more, even when you’re not home. Get an alert when your pipes freeze, the AC breaks, or the garage door is left open. An external sensor port lets you add features later, such as a moisture sensormagnetic switch, or breakout board. Cloud Shield CLOUD SHIELD Stack Cloud Shield on your Arduino, connect it to Twine, and get email, texting, calling, and more in a jiffy. With Cloud Shield, you can add the ability to trigger any Twine output from your Arduino sketch with three lines of code, so you can focus on your idea and not debugging networking code. It has two capacitive pads for easy input with your fingers or conductive objects, and an LED to let you know when it’s been triggered. Moisture Sensor MOISTURE SENSOR Add a moisture sensor to your Twine, and you’ll be able to detect the presence of water even when you’re not at home. You can get a text message or email as soon as your basement floods or your water heater leaks, and prevent costly damage to your home. Breakout Board Breakout Board Connect the Twine breakout board to your Twine’s external sensor port and instantly get the ability to measure anything with your own digital input (analog coming soon). Each breakout board has a unique ID so your sensor’s name and settings are remembered for the next time you plug it in. It has holes for mounting and easy-to-use terminals for signal, 3.3V power and ground. Magnetic Switch MAGNETIC SWITCH Did you leave a window open? Did someone just open the door? Detect things moving even when you’re not at home. Add a magnetic switch to your Twine, and you can get a text message or email when a door is open or when the mail has been delivered. Have peace of mind when you’re away from home.

External Temperature Sensor

External Temperature Sensor Is your freezer on the fritz? Add an external temperature sensor to your Twine to monitor the temperature in your refrigerator, freezer, or anywhere else you don’t want to stick your Twine due to a hostile environment or a spotty wireless connection.

Twine

Twine Screenshot

http://www.getosito.com/ http://www.zonoff.com/

Big Data

Apache Spark

http://spark-project.org/ Apache Spark is an open source cluster computing system that aims to make data analytics fast — both fast to run and fast to write. Spark was initially developed for two applications where placing data in memory helps: iterative algorithms, which are common in machine learning, and interactive data mining. In both cases, Spark can run up to 100x faster than Hadoop MapReduce. Spark: Lightning-Fast Cluster Computing

 Tableau Software

http://www.tableausoftware.com/products Tableau-Logo If you start to gather sensor data, pretty soon it gets massive. Imagine keeping someones heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, location, time and any events. Just for one person that is a full time stream, x1,000,000 and it gets massive, trying to use that data to produce meaningful information is challenging. Tableau Server is a business intelligence application that provides browser-based analytics anyone can use. It’s a rapid-fire alternative to the slow pace of traditional business intelligence software.

Tableau Software
Tableau Software

 

Ginger.io

Ginger.io a behavioral analytics platform that turns mobile data into health insights Ginger-io Anapsis is a research platform and marketplace for scientific and statistical computing BigEvidence is developing software that improves the way medical providers evaluate and apply medical evidence CancerIQ is harnessing big data to accelerate personalized cancer care FlatIron Health is a business and clinical intelligence platform for cancer care providers Huneo has a health data infrastructure that forms a comprehensive system to monitor human health and provide access to real-time and historical data collected from patients

Sensors/Networks

http://mesh-systems.com/ http://blog.safecast.org/

Robotics, UAV, MAV and other Vehicles

3D Robotics BitCraze makers of the Crazyflie miniature Quadcopter smaller than your hand, capable of being equipped with long range RF.

crazyflie
crazyflie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWSUMGJKt0U NanSatisfi Sells time for experimental purposes on the Ardusat public Satellite

Ardusat - Credit Kickstarter.com
Ardusat – Credit Kickstarter.com

Adafruit Backyard Brains Dash Robotics

Enabling Networks

http://www.freedompop.com/ http://socialsign.in/ http://www.sigfox.com/en/ http://opengarden.com/

Wearable Computing

http://www.google.com/glass/start/ http://getpebble.com/

Health

Fitness

http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/nikeplus-fuelband http://amiigo.co/ http://www.fitbit.com/ https://jawbone.com/up

Edisse

http://www.edisse.com/ Edisse is a company I met whilst mentoring at Incubate.org.au the student incubator at Sydney University. They have prototyped a wearable sensor for real time tracking, fall detection and alerting. Basically it combines a GPS, mobile data, sms and an accelerometer to detect unusual movements ie a fall and then report this to an 3rd party such as the adult children or other carer. The idea is that anywhere in the world a carer can get an alert that their loved one has fallen over and exactly where it has happened.

Edisse Fall Detection Watch & App
Edisse Fall Detection Watch & App

Withings

http://www.withings.com/ Withings-logo Health monitoring hardware and software, includes a set of internet/app enabled scales, a blood pressure device and app and a baby monitor.

Withings-Scales
Withings-Scales
Withings Blood Pressure Monitor
Withings Blood Pressure Monitor

 

Withings Baby Monitor
Withings Baby Monitor

http://lumoback.com/ http://www.hapilabs.com/products-hapifork.asp http://www.wahoofitness.com/ http://www.numetrex.com/ Proteus Digital Health makes a ingestible biomedical sensor, a wearable, peel-and-stick patch, and a companion smartphone app

Education

Evil Mad Science ExploreLabs LittleBits   MakeyMakey Printrbot

Family

http://goodnightlamp.com/ http://www.mylively.com/ http://www.evadofilip.com/ Lifestyle Leisure http://www.hexbright.com/ http://sleepwithremee.com/ http://www.icakitchen.com/ http://www.blossomcoffee.com/ http://socialbicycles.com/ http://vimeo.com/17873025 Pets http://gibitechnologies.com/ http://www.fitbark.com/ Toys https://www.sifteo.com/ http://www.makielab.com/ http://store.karotz.com/en_US/ http://www.greengoose.com/ http://romotive.com Music http://www.incidentgtar.com/ http://www.apogeedigital.com/ Gardening http://www.bitponics.com/ http://www.myplantlink.com/ http://www.koubachi.com/main?locale=en Home Improvement http://www.radiatorlabs.com/ http://www.netatmo.com/en-US/site

Gaming

 Phonejoy

This is a pretty cool device that can attach to just about any smartphone or tablet device due to adjustable playing pads that can move in and out to suit the device. phonejoy.com seems pretty good value too at $69 Phonejoy-logo

Phonejoy Smartphone Gaming Device

Phonejoy Smartphone Gaming Device

Home Automation

Ninjablocks

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Ninjablock
Ninjablock

http://ninjablocks.com/ Australian home control and automation platform. The free Ninja Blocks platform simplifies the process of building web & mobile apps that talk to hardware. Each Ninjablock has both a beaglebone and a Arduino running the system. You can also buy motion sensors, temperature and humidity, window and door contact sensors and also program other sensors into the platform.

Moores Cloud

http://moorescloud.com/ LED Smart lighting system by @mpesce and @kcarruthers. The first product they have produced is initially positioned as the worlds smartest Christmas lights but talking to Kate I can see a big future for programmable LED lighting systems. 50 LED strings are controlled by an embedded computer with Smart Phone apps to drive it. They originally ran a kickstarter which got an amazing $275,000 but fell short of the $750,000 target, however they still managed to get the product built and have sold all bar a few of the first batch., the last few are available here http://store.moorescloud.com/

Moores Cloud - Credit morescloud.com
Moores Cloud – Credit morescloud.com

http://revolv.com/ http://www.wovyn.com/ http://nest.com/ https://mylapka.com/ http://theubi.com/ http://www.sticknfind.com/

Energy Efficiency

wattvision-logo       wattvision.com This is a pretty cool solution to a problem which I am very frustrated by.

Wattvision-Meter Sensor

Wattvision Meter Sensor

Wattvision Mobile App Screenshots

Wattvision Mobile App Screenshots

Wattvision provides a Smart Meter without having to install a smart meter. It measures real time usage of power and transmits it to a slick mobile and web application. It doesnt go all the way to solving the problem of measuring what each individual device and light does but it appears to be one of the best solutions available. The app provides a great aggregate view with fantastic platform to visualise what is happening in real time with your power consumption.         http://www.amperic.com/ http://lifx.co/ http://www.tado.com/en/ http://www.belkinbusiness.com/everything-connected http://www.micasaverde.com/ http://www.belkin.com/au/wemo https://www.ecobee.com/

Security

Y-cam

http://www.y-cam.com/ Security solution including a range of indoor and outdoor semi pro and professional Wireless Security cameras, Cloud Monitoring Software http://www.homemonitor.me/ and a Baby monitor http://www.babyping.com/. The cameras support up to 1080HD and some are available with Wireless, Ethernet with power over Ethernet.

Y-Cam Bullet1080
Y-Cam Bullet1080
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Y-cam-cube1080
BabyPing_Monitor
BabyPing_Monitor

http://www.alarm.com/ http://www.kwikset.com/ https://lockitron.com/preorder http://www.canarycom.com/index5.html http://becanary.com/ http://www.homemonitor.me/ https://www.ismartalarm.com/ http://www.bosch-si.com/technology/software-suite/bpm-plus-iots.html New Interfaces http://www.neurosky.com/ http://www.gestigon.de/ http://www.gosphero.com/ http://www.primesense.com/ http://equiso.com/ http://interaxon.ca/ http://www.emotiv.com/ https://www.leapmotion.com/

Industries

Retail http://www.getnomi.com/ http://placemeter.com/ http://euclidanalytics.com/

Healthcare

http://www.visimobile.com/ http://www.adheretech.com/ http://www.alivecor.com/ http://www.intelligentm.com/ http://telcare.com/

Automotive

https://www.moj.io/ http://www.ford.com/technology/sync/ http://www.toyota.com/entune/ http://openxcplatform.com/ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dashlabs.dash.android

Smart Buildings

http://w3.usa.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies/us/en/building-automation-and-energy-management/apogee/pages/apogee.aspx http://www.johnsoncontrols.com/content/us/en/products/building_efficiency.html http://www.buildingiq.com/ http://www.schneider-electric.com/corporate/en/products-services/buildings/intelligent-buildings/building-management-system.page

Industrial Internet

http://www.instrument-works.com Instrumentworks-logo This company is in stealth mode so there are no photos but I have actually seen the new probe electronics and it looks like a great advancement on a market that is using 50 year old technology. Instrument Works is developing a platform for wireless sensors for portable laboratory instruments. By embedding Bluetooth smart technology into analytical probes such as those for the measurement of pH, conductivity, temperature, dissolved oxygen and turbidity, we are able to connect these sensors directly to smart devices such as iPhones, iPods and iPads. This allows us to leverage these devices superior computational and graphical capabilities, including location and internet connectivity, compared to the existing proprietary products on the market. The lower cost of these smart devices compared to regular analytical style instruments will also benefit users. http://www.kivasystems.com/ http://www.doublerobotics.com/ http://www.airware.com/ http://liquidr.com/ http://3drobotics.com/ http://momentummachines.com/ http://www.robotex.com/ Greentech http://bigbellysolar.com/ http://www.gridmobility.com/ http://www.enlightedinc.com/ http://www.axeda.com/

3d Printing

http://www.3dsystems.com/ http://www.stratasys.com/ http://formlabs.com/ http://www.shapeways.com/ http://www.makerbot.com/ http://reprap.org/

MakerGear

http://www.makergear.com Makes a lot of 3D printing gear for other manufacturers and makers/hardware hackers who want to build their own 3D Printers.

MakerGear 3D Printer
MakerGear 3D Printer

Buccaneer

Pirate 3D Buccaneer
Pirate 3D Buccaneer – Credit Kickstarter.com

DOOD Foldarap Printrbot

Building Blocks

Connection Protocols

A single #IoT system with ethernet#wifi#zigbee and #nfc or #rfid? Soon the new #TSmarT line will hit the road! http://www.neul.com/ http://www.zigbee.org/ http://www.macheen.com/ http://www.ieee-rfid.org/ http://www.nfc-forum.org/home/ http://www.ieee802.org/11/ http://www.bluetooth.com/Pages/Bluetooth-Home.aspx http://www.z-wave.com/modules/ZwaveStart/ http://www.m-bus.com/ http://mqtt.org/

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