Tsubuyaku Sensor is a new wireless device from Japanese Ubiquitous Computing Technology that monitors conditions such as temperature, humidity and radiation levels and automatically tweets the resulting data via Twitter.
If Twitter can be used to broadcast recipes, school lunch menus and fresh bread alerts — to name just a few of the many examples we’ve covered — then why not environmental data as well? That, indeed, is just what’s possible with the Tsubuyaku Sensor, a new wireless device from Japanese Ubiquitous Computing Technology that monitors conditions such as temperature, humidity and radiation levels and automatically tweets the resulting data via Twitter.
Targeted primarily at applications including food warehouses and wine cellars, the Tsubuyaku Sensor measures data including temperature, humidity or radiation levels and can then automatically broadcast it to Twitter, according to a recent TechCrunch report. Boasting a battery life of about a year when posts are made every minute, the device features a range of about 40 meters, though a repeater option is available to extend that further. Twitter broadcasts can be set for public or private viewing. Pricing is USD 560 for the base unit and USD 286 for each sensor.
Is there any end to the remote monitoring possibilities? We’re thinking not. One for inspiration!
More info here and here.
(Reposted from thingspeak.com)
We are ready to release a new app for the ThingSpeak Platform! The new app is called TweetControl – this app listens to Twitter for hashtags (#awesome) and allows you to control anything that you can imagine. TweetControl is a mash up of ”The Internet of Things” and social networking. We were inspired by an early ioBridge project created by Matt Morey in July 2009 that used Twitter for home automation. Matt could control lights or turn on his furnace using Twitter. Now that Twitter has a Streaming API, we were able to build a scalable service to control anything in real-time via a social network.
Imagine an “Easy Button” for Twitter. All you have to is Tweet a hashtag from your Twitter account to control anything that has a web service API. The applications for TweetControl are endless, and we are excited to see what you come up with. The documentation for TweetControl is available on the ThingSpeak Community site to help you get started.
A herd of dairy cows from the University of Waterloo might be the first of the bovine species to use Twitter. The cows brag about milk production, RFID transponder glitches, eating habits, technical issues with the “Mr. Terminator” milking machines and the specific nuances of which teats perform best.
Some of the cattle even let loose with an occasional literary quotation from Virgil. We’re hoping for Twitpics soon.
The tweets are actually a project from the University’s Critical Media Lab. Lab members Ron Broglio, Marcel O’Gorman and Pouya Emami have teamed up with dairy farmer Chris Vandenberg and a dozen of his favorite milk cows on Buttermine Farms in Brant, Ontario.
More info here.
Contiki 2.3 is now available. It brings a new IPv6 routing layer, IPv6/6lowpan for the Tmote Sky platform, the Cooja TimeLine, a set of new shell commands, improvements to the LPP and X-MAC power-saving radio protocols, a new port to the MSB430 platform, and a Twitter client.
The release also includes an updated version of Instant Contiki, the Contiki development environment.
Check their the web site for downloads