Meet CREATE – The UNSW Club for Making Things – Sydney Maker Faire 2014

Meet the team from CREATE – The UNSW Club for Making Things.

These guys are the most entrepreneurial group of students I have met in my years of working with or attending Universities. As a group they are only about 18 months old but are growing rapidly.

Typically University students learn a particular skill set focused on their major, however the products of our new world are increasingly merging where new classes of devices require sophisticated combinations of Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design and then fabrication. Its a team game, no one discipline can hope to master all of the skills needed.

CREATE UNSW Hexacopter

CREATE UNSW Hexacopter


CREATE started off as Student Club to give practical experience for Engineering students, running courses to learn how to program Microcontrollers and Ardunio, as well fabrication skills such as 3d Printing, CNC tools, CAD and other engineering subjects which are well covered in most Universities from a theory perspective but rarely well covered with practical workshops.

Hexacopter at Maker Faire

Hexacopter at Maker Faire

When I first did my apprenticeship 30 years ago (yes before most of you were born) you had to do a trade to learn how to make things. Fitters and turners, machinists, boilermakers, pattern makers, they were the makers of yesteryear, and while there were a lot of people who loved their mechanical engineering jobs, no one loved going to the factory everyday as it was in many cases a production line where your job was turning out parts someone else created, rarely being involved in the creation yourself.

Today many of these jobs are being done by machines programmed and operated by extremely smart University graduates or enthusiasts discovering new age ways to do past age work and to create new devices and services (Draftsmen are probably the only ones which are still in demand, but no velum, clutch pens or pen plotters in sight, only Solidworks or Autocad gurus need apply).

This trend will continue to accelerate, if you doubt that your job can be done by a machine run by computer check out this list of old English occupations and see whats left.

Which is why its great that the CREATE team are running these courses and now officially opening their courses to non University students. You can join their Facebook Group here

Once of the things that impressed me was their parts and quadcopter sales. Because a lot of the components needed for their soldering and electronics businesses were not available readily from local suppliers, they put together a float and started buying components in from China, they now run weekly trade stalls for all of the students to purchase the parts they need for their projects.

From this came a project to build a Quadcopter which I wrote about early this year and now after prototyping a few versions they have now sold over $20,000 worth of Quadcopters this year, not bad for a University Club, this will keep them in Beer and Pizza for the rest of the year.

If you think these things are toys you are dead wrong, they have very advanced features including;

  • GPS
  • 6 Axis Accelerometer
  • Compass
  • Altimeter
  • Long Distance Radio control with a range of 10 miles
  • Fully programable autopilot with mission planning
  • Self tuning flight trimming to save the potentially damaging process of launching a new aircraft
  • Sophisticated dampened Gimbal for mounting a camera and streaming real time video of the flight back to the user
  • Just in case something goes wrong they also have an auto return home function to return the aircraft back to base if they lose radio control.

Watch these guys, they are going to do something special.


Sydney Maker Faire – Meet Alex McClung & the Alexbot from Robots & Dinosaurs Hackerspace

Alex McClung

Alex McClung

This is what I love about Maker Faire, meet Alex McClung, creator of the autonomous Alexbot. A year 11 student Alex has built himself a self directing Autonomous robot and taught it to navigate through buildings, creating a point cloud from its surrounding.


Alex is the type of guy I want to meet, especially when I am looking for new hardware startup talent. When you are building things that haven’t been built before, then you want guys who have built stuff that hasn’t been built before and done it in their own time, on their own initiative.

I imagine looking at his project he is likely to be one of the first Australian Robotics RockStars.



When I asked him why, he reply, because it was fun. Alex is planning to do Mechatronics, I think the Universities will be competing to get him on board (or they should be).

He already has a gig helping promote Dick Smith with his Alexbot and their Unleash your Inner Dick Smith, no doubt we will see more of him in the future.

You can see more of his Alexbot and the build instructions and designs here

Weaver Robots a Big Hit at Sydney Maker Faire

Full disclosure: I have had the pleasure of working with the maker Fernando Vega for a year, after seeing the first Weaver prototypes at I recruited him to help me with our hardware project.

Weaver Robots Swarm

Weaver Robots Swarm

This past weekend I took my sons to the Maker Faire in Sydney to play with robots. In particular the Weaver Robot. For the life of me I don’t know why its taken me so long to write this story but I have been working with Fernando for a year now on a hardware project and given he is so quietly spoken and not at all self promoting, he doesn’t talk much about the 10 or so amazing Weaver Robots he has created.

Weaver Social Robot

Weaver Social Robot

So now I have had some time to play with them it’s time for me to talk about them.


Fernando Vega, Mechatronics Engineer from Colombia currently residing in Sydney.

What is it?

A three wheeled educational robot for kids to control using any IOS or Android device with a touch screen. Includes a

  • Distance Sensor
  • Light Sensor
  • Temperature Sensor
  • Rotation Sensor
  • Microphone and speaker
  • Compass
  • LED Matrix 8×8
  • Lamp
  • Wi-Fi
  • Omni wheels – motion in any direction

Where can you get one?

You can’t yet, Fernando is still fine tuning the fabrication and operation and making them production ready before launching a Kickstarter Campaign. Weekends like the maker faire where you have hundreds of kids playing with them all weekend are part of this process (as we can attest having seen at least one dead robot after being trampled by a rampant 10 yr old) as well as numerous schools workshops he has run over the past year . My sons loved playing with them and the Weaver workshop was constantly full of kids and adults driving them every time I walked past, one of the more popular exhibits of the show. While you can’t order one yet you can signup at to be notified when he is ready to begin the first production run.

What can you do with them?

First of all it’s a lot of fun to get a bunch of kids playing Robot Soccer with them, however the real benefit is when the kids start to use the programming capability that Fernando has built into the app. Kids can program the Robots to carry out tasks on the app using simple visual commands and by doing so get some idea of how to get the Robots to operate. Its a great way to introduce young people to what it takes to make things and get them interested in what promises to be one of the highest growth careers in the next decade. It’s ideal for schools that have an active IT and technical program and want to bring introductory robotics into the classroom.

Interesting Startups – SwarmFarm Robotics

Andrew Bate & AgBot - Swarmfarm

Andrew Bate & AgBot – Swarmfarm


Startup Name SwarmFarm Robotics
What problem are you solving? The United Nations states that we need to double agricultural output to feed the burgeoning world population by the year 2040.Yet it is widely known that the world has almost reached “Peak Farmland” – there is very little land left undeveloped to bring into production.Future increases in food production will come from increasing yields from existing farmland.We are introducing robotic technology into agriculture that has the potential to increase yields, improve efficiency and produce food in a more environmentally sustainable way.
is your solution? We are developing small, simple robotic technology for agriculture. Our vision is “Small simple robots that do simple tasks very well”A “Swarm” of small robots replace large single tractors that are used in agriculture today.Our machines are lightweight to prevent soil compaction and scale able to any size farming operation- from 3rd world up to corporate farming.Robotics will be an enabling technology for agriculture- it will enable new farming methods and technologies not previously possible in traditional farming systems.We aim to tend crops at an individual plant level, rather than at an entire paddock level.
Why is this a great opportunity? Robotics offers the next big revolution in agriculture, similar to the Green revolution in the 1970’s and the Genetically modified revolution int he 2000’s.Mining is over and Agriculture is the next big thing.There is a lot of interest in investing in agriculture in Australia, but the track record of corporate farming or overseas investors buying farms in Australia is very poor.This is an opportunity to get exposure to the “Dining Boom” without investing in farmland. Australia is a world leader in outdoor robotics (check out Rio Tintos’ mine of the future and Patrick Stevedores’ automated waterfront).We have great experience in this area of robotics here in Australia. We are partnered with The Queensland University of Technology and The University of Sydney’s Australian Center for Field Robotics.
Learn more about us here.
Target Market Agriculture – All sizes of farm business – from small family farmers, larger private farmers up to corporate farmers. Out technology would also carry over to the 3rd word where food security is a huge issue.
How will you make money? Software as a service.
Founders Names Andrew Bate, Jocie Bate, Neville Crook
What type of funding has the company received Bootstrapped/self funded

Swarmfarm Agbot

Swarmfarm Agbot

Agbot Sprayer

Agbot Sprayer Analysis


We like a lot about this startup, the problem is real. Farmers biggest costs are labour and fuel and one of their biggest issues are weeds.

Agtech & Foodtech is a massive market and there is a lot of opportunity for improvement in food production so we are keen about this space.

I like that instead of spending two years and $200k building some super robot that would have lasted a week on a farm they took a known tough John Deere Gator for $15-20k and retrofitted it with their robotic control units and spent all their time on the control software not the engineering of the robot.

Swarmfarm are hiring

Swarmfarm are looking for Mechatronics and Electrical Engineers, apply via their contact page.


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Tech23 2013 Winners

Tech23 Celebrating Innovation

Tech23 Celebrating Innovation

Tech23 the popular annual tech conference run by Slattery IT announced its 2013 major category winners last week. The 23 participating startups each made a 5 minute pitch in front of a crowd of investors and entrepreneurs.

The Jeva Prototype

The Jeva Prototype




The Innovation Excellence Award for 2013 went to 2Mar Robotics; a company that specializes in manufacturing robotic arms for people with spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s, etc. The robotic arm can be controlled with speech or Iphone controls. Their robot, Jeva, is specially designed for people with quadriplegia.

Based in Melbourne Australia, the company was founded by Young Australian of the Year Merita Cheng and is supported by the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Grid-blaster robotic system under Sydney Harbor Bridge

Grid-blaster robotic system under Sydney Harbor Bridge

Grid-blaster robotic system

Grid-blaster robotic system

Sabre Autonomous Solutions, won the Greatest Potential Award for 2013 for their grit-blaster robotic system. The system started as a collaborative research effort by the Centre for Autonomous Systems at the University of Technology, Sydney and the Roads and Maritime Services NSW (RMS) in 2006. The robotic system is specially designed to protect the various workers involved in manual grit blasting from harmful dust particles and physical hazards, by doing all the dangerous and tedious work for them.






BuyReply (who appear to have rebranded to ShopReply) won the People’s Choice Award for 2013. With the motive to revolutionize the current e-commerce industry, founder Brad Lindenberg and his team aim to convert non transactional offline advertising to revenue generating customer transactions through their unique idea. Having viewed the demo it appears to be a very effective way to convert offline leads into e-commerce transactions across multiple offline and online channels.

Shop Reply - credit

Shop Reply – credit

They aim to enable shopping through a simple text message, an email, a tweet or even a QR scan. Their vision is to convert offline advertising, completely non-transactional in nature, to purchasing transactions.

Full list of Prizes

Tech23 2013 Innovation Excellence Award » 2Mar Robotics
Tech23 2013 Greatest Potential Award » Sabre Autonomous Solutions
Tech23 People’s Choice Award » BuyReply
Innovate NSW MVP Grant » Sabre Autonomous Solutions
Innovate NSW MVP Grant » Intersective
PayPal Creating opportunity together award » BuyReply
REA Group Purpose & Passion prize » Food Orbit
ATP Innovations Explorer Award » 2Mar Robotics
London & Partners Discover Tech City Award » Sabre Autonomous Solutions
AMP Amplify Festival Most promising technology for enterprise application award »
Braintree best payment using mobile award » Food Orbit
Sirca University Medal for Tech Entrepreneurship » Breezedocs
Amazon Web Services Award » Ennova
Citrix Best early stage company award » 121cast
Anchor’s Legendary server management award » ollo mobile
Advance mentoring session » Roomz
Cloudstaff Ignition award » Ennova
Controlabill best subscription business model prize » ollo mobile
Fishburners most investable award » HSK Instruments
Google Encouragement prize » BuyReply
Lunch with Nick Gruen » SkyTree
Mentoring with Matt » SkyTree
MYOB Online Innovation for Small Business Award » BuyReply
Noah Consulting Disruption award » SkyTree
Saasu Plan for the future award » Breezedocs
Meeting with Square Peg Capital » HSK Intruments
Stripe Loves Australia award » Food Orbit
Meeting with Susan Wu » 2Mar Robotics
The Delicatessen Agency Light-globe moment award » Food Orbit
The New Agency Best growth hacking and boot-strapping prize » 2Mar Robotics
ThoughtWorks Getting stuff done award » 2Mar Robotics
Weco 24/7 co-working 2 month kickstart » 121cast
ilab Germinate Program Award » Rightprism
Innovation Island People’s Choice Award » Cloud Herd

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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 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.


Hardware Platforms

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- Models 2
Arduino Models 2

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 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


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


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 – Credit




Electric Imp 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 Touchscreen LCD for Arduino platform


Seeeduino Film

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.

Software Platforms and Frameworks



Riot - Internet of Things Platform 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 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.


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


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


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


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


I particularly like the Beer Flowmeter


Developer Portal for Internet-of-Things, looks like a beta service.



1 Build your device by connecting sensors and actuators.
2 Register the device with Lithouse and collect a deviceKey.
3 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.


Node.js dark 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 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.png NanoStack » NanoStack™ 2.0 is our advanced 6LoWPAN protocol stack software product for 2.4 GHz and Sub-GHz radios.
- nanoservice.png NanoRouter » 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 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 – M2M Application Platform Thingworx makes it easy to build machine to machine and Internet of Things applications.


ioBridge - Connect things

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

Alljoyn connected home - Credit
Alljoyn connected home – Credit 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 Thingspeak_logo An Open Application Platform to designed to enable meaningful connections between things and people.

Nimbits Nimbits is a collection of software for recording time series data to the cloud.

Spark Core 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 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 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 sensor, magnetic 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 Screenshot

Big Data

Apache Spark 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 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 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


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 NanSatisfi Sells time for experimental purposes on the Ardusat public Satellite

Ardusat - Credit
Ardusat – Credit

Adafruit Backyard Brains Dash Robotics

Enabling Networks

Wearable Computing



Edisse Edisse is a company I met whilst mentoring at 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 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 Blood Pressure Monitor
Withings Blood Pressure Monitor


Withings Baby Monitor
Withings Baby Monitor Proteus Digital Health makes a ingestible biomedical sensor, a wearable, peel-and-stick patch, and a companion smartphone app


Evil Mad Science ExploreLabs LittleBits MakeyMakey Printrbot

Family Lifestyle Leisure Pets Toys Music Gardening Home Improvement



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. seems pretty good value too at $69 Phonejoy-logo

Phonejoy Smartphone Gaming Device

Phonejoy Smartphone Gaming Device

Home Automation



Ninjablock 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 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

Moores Cloud - Credit
Moores Cloud – Credit

Energy Efficiency

wattvision-logo 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.


Y-cam Security solution including a range of indoor and outdoor semi pro and professional Wireless Security cameras, Cloud Monitoring Software and a Baby monitor The cameras support up to 1080HD and some are available with Wireless, Ethernet with power over Ethernet.

Y-Cam Bullet1080
Y-Cam Bullet1080
BabyPing_Monitor New Interfaces





Smart Buildings

Industrial Internet 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. Greentech

3d Printing

MakerGear 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


Pirate 3D Buccaneer
Pirate 3D Buccaneer – Credit

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!

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