Christmas Lights Synchronized Around the World to Twitter, Powered by the Internet of Things

For the third holiday season in a row, the CheerLights project is gearing up. The idea behind CheerLights is to show that we are all connected by synchronizing the color of lights around the world. Christmas lights are a staple around the holidays and with Internet-connected lights, the color of your lights matches the color of everyone else’s lights.

It has been a real treat watching this project evolve as more and more people add lights… and other things. Things like Android and iPhone apps that check the latest color of CheerLights, an old Commodore 64, and Christmas trees.

To control the lights around the world, send a Tweet mentioning @CheerLights and a color. The command is processed by ioBridge’s ThingSpeak platform and distributed to all of the lights listening to the CheerLights API.

@CheerLights I am dreaming of a White Christmas

Another powerful aspect of the CheerLights project is that is shows off what is possible with the emerging Internet of Things. With a single message sent via a social network like Twitter, 1000′s of objects around the world are in sync with each other. Lights are connected by many types of controllers, such as Arduino, ioBridge, Philips, and the Raspberry Pi. This project is only possible through the Internet and the coordination of developers around the world.

Learn how to join the project at CheerLights.com.

We are all connected…

[via CheerLights]

The 2013 M2M and Internet of Things Global Summit, Sponsored by ioBridge

The 2013 M2M & Internet of Things Global Summit is a 2-day event held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on October 1-2, 2013. The summit features top companies, agencies,and thinkers supporting the global M2M and IoT communities, “with contributions from all of the main stakeholders at both an industry and policy level from the US and beyond.” The IoT Summit “will take a comprehensive look at the latest technologies and innovations in the field of The Internet of Things.” ioBridge is proud to announce that we are one of the sponsors and information contributors.

2013 IoT Summit

Our very own Hans Scharler will be joining the Financing the Internet of Things session:

Access to both public and private funding is essential for smaller companies and start-ups as they look to commercialise innovative IoT products and bring them to market. The Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine Communications are recognised by many global investors as key drivers for economic growth and major tools for enhancing overall competitiveness. North America is seen by many as the leading region to secure investment for emerging technologies, but in the current economic climate, competition for funding is often fierce, and companies seeking investments in the region and beyond are finding it increasingly difficult.

The “Financing the Internet of Things” panel is moderated by Stephen Fleming, Executive Director of the Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology and includes the following panelists:

ioBridge joins an impressive list of Organizers & Sponsors for the 2013 M2M & Internet of Things Global Summit:

The 2013 M2M & Internet of Things Global Summit looks to be an amazing 2-day event pushing IoT and M2M initiatives forward. It is great to see the involvement and cooperation of many companies and agencies.

The 2013 M2M & Internet of Things Global Summit

October 1-2, 2013

The National Press Club
529 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20045

iotsummit2013.com

Real-world IoT Demos and Talks at the New England Internet of Things Meetup

Join Robert Mawrey, CEO of ioBridge, at the New England Internet of Things Meetup on September 17th, 2013. This meetup’s theme is REAL-WORLD Internet of Things. Each speaker will be talking about real IoT products that are available and enabled by their respective companies and also sharing their experience developing these products. Robert will be demo’ing the world’s first fully interactive pet feeder from Feed and Go, the very popular ioBridge Wi-Fi module, and other ioBridge-based products.

Boston / New England Internet of Things Meetup features the following speakers:

  • Thom Nichols, Principal R&D Software Engineer, EnerNOC
  • Howard Kaplan, VP of Products, Queralt Inc.
  • Robert Mawrey, CEO, ioBridge

Boston / New England Internet of Things Meetup

September 17th, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm

EnerNOC
1 Marina Park Drive, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02210

More details: Meetup.com

 

Strasburg, Colorado: Remote Controlled Fire Alarm and Disaster Warning System

In this video, Rae Lynne Hicks from Strasburg Fire Protection Department introduces us to an upgrade to their community’s fire alarm and disaster warning system. At the heart of Strasburg, Colorado you will find a pillar of the community: the fire alarm. This system used to be controlled by a button in the fire station. Now, the system can be remotely triggered using a mobile phone by using the ioBridge IO-204, relay function board, and the free ioApp mobile app for either Android or iPhone. This simplifies alerting and testing for the team of volunteer firefighters.

“The siren is important to our community, because in the event of a tornado or other cataclysmic activity that happens to our community. Then, our siren is set off so that people understand that they need to seek cover immediately,” said Ms. Hicks. “We needed to upgrade how our siren works.”

We are proud to be a part of a solution for the Strasburg, CO community. Awesome project and thanks to Dave Klein for producing a wonderful video.

TIME Magazine: Going From Twitter Toasters to Manufacturers

, a contributor from TIME.com, covered our social toaster that I created back in 2008. But, Jacob took the story a few steps further and explained what might happen as more objects get connected. He also talks about FeedandGo, a mobile device controlled pet feeder, and iAquaLink, a pool control system that updates you on its status through an app. Both of these examples are taking the seeds of our technology planted in 2008 and taken beyond the novelty to real-world implementation.

@mytoaster may seem strange, but in reality it’s just another example in a widening group of household objects that use social media to make our lives easier. In addition to @mytoaster, there’s a plant that tweets when it needs to be watered and a laundry machine that tweets whenever a load is finished. It’s this concept of an inanimate object giving updates on its activities that interested @mytoaster’s inventor.

Another aspect of the article in TIME, covers the interest in what are things are doing. Imagine using a search engine to find your keys or find out if someone is home at your house by intertwining messages from things along with friends and family. Not all of this data needs to be public – this is why we created ThingSpeak and like the direction that DuckDuckGo is going with search.

Here’s Hans Scharler at the Connected World Conference with @mytoaster and many other connected gadgets and examples of our technology created by our partners:

Hans Scharler at Connected World

The modern “Twitter Toaster” uses the IO-201 Wi-Fi and a power sensor to detect if the toaster is in operation or not. You also get the side benefit of calculating power consumption by measuring the duration of usage.

Read the full article at TIME.com, “Tweeting Toaster Has More Followers Than You”.

[via TIME]