From ioBridge blog:
Nik Sargent likes to “do things differently”. Nik is a technologist, artist, data collector, aspiring chef, and bumblebee conservationist.
Nik’s Bumblebee Project started off in 2011 with the goal of getting to know these amazing, social creatures. As he learned more, he found that the bees documented behavioral patterns were different from observed behavioral patterns due to climate change and unusual weather conditions. Nik observed countless hours of camera footage and discovered that the Queen’s hibernation schedule has been completely disrupted leading to disaster of new bumblebees and subsequent pollination which is critical to our food supply. There are many reports of a decline in pollination and is of global significance.
Earlier this year, Nik added sensors and a gateway from ioBridge to help automate and collect more data generated by these busy bees. The bee boxes now monitor temperature, track movement, count bees, and provide real-time feedback from the bumblebees by being connected to the cloud. The project looks to be evolving as new sensors and ideas will be incorporated over time.
“ioBridge is a big step forward in allowing us to automate and correlate environmental and activity data without resorting to manual CCTV analysis,” said Nik in an email interview. “It gives us the freedom not only to view and collect the data from anywhere remotely, but also share it and tweet it – again helping to raise awareness.”
Nik was able to capture a photo of the first tweet triggered by a Bumblebee.
More info here.
From Connected World Mag:
We see a future of connected devices and services. But we see it happening in small steps where a collection of small ideas fit together to form a much bigger vision. A proven philosophy is that if consumers try something connected, they will try another. For example, if you could open your garage door from a mobile phone, then controlling a light is right around the corner. But, the same consumer will not make a major overhaul of his or her house all at once. A connected world could potentially be much more than home automation, but it will take a series of little wins to get there.
Therefore, it is important to keep creating projects to inspire new products and services. Before you know it, connected things will be commonplace, accepted, and expected. We are building our vision from the bottom up, one project at a time.
Jason Winters and I officially launched the company ioBridge in 2008, but many things had to fall into place before that happened. We brought together our professional experience and incorporated knowledge from many former projects.
Jason was a researcher at the University of Florida where he built a remote-monitoring system for his lab. Jason has a diverse background in mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering, which accounts for his ability to see new applications for technology. Every time Jason had a break in his research, he would come to me with a project idea. Each project got more complex. One of Jason’s first projects was a Commodore laptop he designed. I hosted his blog on my server and when he released his throwback laptop, it shut my server down from all of the traffic from news sites and tech blogs. I learned I needed to figure out scalability. I also realized the short-term power of viral marketing.
More info here.
It’s that time of year to spread some cheer and strengthen our connections. We are all connected on this little planet and our latest projects hopes to prove this.
ioBridge introduces CheerLights - a social network of lights that stay in sync with the rest of the lights linked to a messages from social networks. It’s kind of like following a trending topic on Twitter but with physical objects.
You can find a video here and more info here.
ioBridge, Inc., a developer of Web-enabled hardware and cloud-based services, recently announced its new platform for professional “Internet of Things” applications, such as interactive devices, power monitoring, smart appliances, industrial automation, and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) processes. The integrated platform of embedded technology and cloud services connects devices and Web services together for remote monitoring and control.
The new platform enables customers are able to get their Internet-connected products and services to market faster and at a lower-cost. It has various comprehensive features like real-time streaming, data logging, alerts, expressions, process control, automation, location-awareness, time-based control, and Web feed integration.
Customers are able to get started today with the ioBridge IO-204-PRO module, the gateway to ioBridge cloud-services for sensors and actuators. Users place the IO-204 on their network without setup and anything connected to the IO-204 is accessible securely via the Internet. Users from around the world have created projects based on the IO-204 at their homes to remotely monitor fish tanks, open garage doors via a mobile phone, and report home energy use to social networks
The Internet of Things platform can easily be connected to social networking sites, location-based services, and weather feeds such as Twitter, ThingSpeak, Google Latitude, Foursquare, and WeatherBug.
More info here.