Making Beer Social with the Internet of Things

Find your way to Winston-Salem, NC and have the beer that you have been following on social networks. Small Batch Beer Co. uses ioBridge Technology to tell their patrons how much beer is left in their tanks at their brewery. Small Batch specializes in making limited quantities of beer one barrel at a time and they rotate what they are brewing. Their loyal fans want to know how much is available and when to see if they are going to stop by for beer.

Small Batch Brewery IoT Animation

The team from Small Batch partnered with ioBridge and the marketing team at Mullen to create an interactive website, social feeds, and mobile apps to make beer social. “The technology behind the project was the easy part. Creating strong connections with people and what they love is the real value of the project,” said Jason Winters, Project Lead. “Beer is social.”

The technology behind the project uses an ioBridge Gamma Web Gateway and an Omega Continuous Level Reed Switch. The Gamma Gateway connects to the ioBridge Cloud and turns all of the raw tank level data into easily accessible data for web pages and applications via ioBridge’s API. And behind the scenes, Small Batch is able to set alerts, track environmental data, build dashboards for their suppliers, and control operations to optimize brewing conditions.

Visit the Small Batch Beer Co. website to get a taste of what they are brewing.

[via Small Batch Beer Co.]

Introducing TimeControl – Set Schedules for ioBridge Widgets

By using ThingSpeak’s TimeControl, you can set schedules for any of your ioBridge Widgets. This makes it possible to turn on your lights every day at 4pm. TimeControl allows for recurring schedules and one time controls set to a specific date and time.

ThingSpeak TimeControl Examples

ThingSpeak TimeControl Features

  • Recurring weekly schedules
  • One time scheduled actions
  • Fuzzy times – trigger an action at a random number of minutes around a scheduled time
  • Interface with any web service API

 

Getting Started

We have created a tutorial on how to scheduled ioBridge Widgets with the the ThingSpeak TimeControl service. This will help you understand how the ThingSpeak platform and ioBridge Widgets connect together.

[via ThingSpeak Community]

Next Generation Connected Home Products Powered by Atmel and ioBridge On Display at the 2014 International CES

We are proud to announce the release of the Atmel Low-cost ZigBee Gateway Firmware and Cloud Technology during the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV. The new gateway is powered by RealTime.io, ioBridge’s scalable “Internet of Things” cloud technology and embedded firmware designed for product manufacturers. The Atmel Low-cost ZigBee Gateway will provide simple and seamless wireless connectivity to connected home products such as door locks, garage doors, lighting, and sprinkler systems–making them accessible from any smartphone or Internet-connected device.

“Locking and unlocking your front door with your phone will be as commonplace as using your keys in the next few years,” said Hans Scharler, President, Software at ioBridge. “Integration with connected home products and the mobile phone is leading the ‘Internet of Small Things’ revolution. Our cloud technology is enabling Atmel and its customers to easily and affordably manufacture next generation products,” added Scharler.

Atmel Low-cost ZigBee Gateway

The Atmel Low-cost ZigBee Gateway is a low-cost reference design for OEMs and product manufacturers looking to create connected home products. The gateway simplifies local control and monitoring along with simultaneous cloud connectivity to any web service or smartphone.

Atmel Low-cost Gateway for Connected Home Products

“For more than a decade, connecting ZigBee sub-networks with the Internet has been a major challenge. ioBridge’s technology is amazingly fast and a great match for low-latency wireless applications such as lighting, security, and sensors where low-power, tenacious link-quality and instant access are essential,” said Magnus Pedersen, Marketing Director of MCU Wireless Products, Atmel Corporation. “We’re excited to collaborate with ioBridge as we enter a fantastic new phase of Internet of Things possibilities.”

Atmel at the 2014 International CES

Atmel will be showcasing its cutting-edge technologies powering the latest devices used in the living room, garage, Maker community and more at the 2014 International CES, January 7-10. To experience next-generation cloud connected technology with Atmel and ioBridge, visit the Atmel CES Meeting Place, #MP25958. Atmel will also be at the ZigBee Alliance Pavilion, Booth #20612, to showcase its latest ZigBee and RF wireless and cloud technologies powered by ioBridge.

Atmel and ioBridge at CES 2014

ioBridge’s RealTime.io Internet of Things Platform

The RealTime.io Platform for the Internet of Things allows any device to connect to cloud services and mobile phones to provide control, alerts, data analytics, customer insights, remote maintenance, and feature selection. Product manufacturers that leverage ioBridge’s technology are able to quickly and securely bring new connected home products to market while slashing their cost-per-connected device. With more than 50,000 users in 40 countries ranging from early-stage startups to large multi-national manufacturers, ioBridge’s patented technology offers businesses a reliable and scalable platform accessible anywhere around the globe.

To learn more about solutions for connecting small internet-enabled products and devices to the web, please visit http://www.iobridge.com and http://atmel.realtime.io.

[via eReleases]

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 Connected World M2M App Challenge, June 7-9 in Santa Clara, CA

ioBridge is proud to announce that we have teamed up with Connected WorldOSIsoft, Aeris Communications, Esri, and ILS Technology to produce the M2M App Challenge –  a hackathon for the connected world. Developers are welcome to come and create connected apps based on a platform, combined with Open Data provided by agencies such as U.S. Dept. of Energy. Developers have access to platform developers and a chance to compete for cash, prizes, and IoT fame. The Top Prize is $3,000!


IoT Hackathon Sponsors

ioBridge will also be providing an exclusive hardware development kit that is integrated with our RealTime.io platform. This means that you will be able to make simple RESTful API calls and control physical objects and connect to external web services such as Twilio, Twitter, and ThingSpeak. The M2M Challenge Kit is based on the ioBridge Iota Wi-Fi module. This tiny embedded module contains everything you need to connect products to cloud services. The kit includes buttons, switches, LEDs, relays, light sensor, temperature sensor, and a buzzer. For more detail on ioBridge’s M2M Challenge Kit check out Connected World’s article.

ioBridge Iota Wi-Fi and Ethernet modules for the Internet of Things, Connected Products

So, if your M2M app ideas extend to the physical world, come to the M2M App Challenge and compete for cash and prizes… and have some serious fun!

M2M App Challenge

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
Santa Clara, CA

June 7-9, 2013

Register Here