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.

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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

RealTime.io IoT Platform Updates

ioBridge updates the RealTime.io Internet of Things platform with many developer friendly enhancements. RealTime.io allows you to write web applications based on HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript and create interactions with devices, social networks, external APIs, and ioBridge web services. We added an in-browser code editor, JavaScript library, app update tracking, device manager, and single sign on with existing ioBridge user accounts. RealTime.io natively works with ioBridge Iota based devices and firmware. Iota’s are tiny embedded modules with either Ethernet or Wi-Fi network connectivity. An ioBridge Iota evaluation kit is available on the ioBridge Store.

ioBridge RealTime.io Platform for the Internet of Things

RealTime.io is a cloud platform for the Internet of Things. Everything is API driven and perfect for hardware developers and web developers. By providing API abstraction, developers are able to create prototype connected projects and transition to production products very quickly.

Adding cloud interactivity to a product is possible with an ioBridge Iota embedded wireless module, embedded firmware on your product, or via an ioBridge Gateway.

For more information about RealTime.io, view RealTime.io Documentation on ioBridge Connect.

The Social Graph + The Internet of Things

As I get ready for the Pittsburgh Maker Faire, I have been thinking about the intersection of social and objects, and just how I fit into the middle of things. As time goes on we are leaving little trails of data on social networks. Our things are becoming connected and aware of their location and environment and reporting that data to the cloud. This data will get more interesting over time. These thoughts have been lingering for quite a while as for some reason I connected my toaster to Twitter and built interactive lights that link together over social networks. My latest inspiration comes from the Social Graph and the Graph API released by Facebook.

social graph and interent_of_things

What I have created is a socially aware Elmo toy. Instead of tickling Elmo, you Twitter him or Like his Facebook page to get him going. Interestingly enough, Elmo has over 3.6 million likes on Facebook. And, he gets a few likes every minute (trust me I have been tracking him for weeks). The experiment that we are running is what will happen at the Maker Faire. We have written a RealTime.io plugin for ioBridge that is tuned into things, location, and the social graph using Facebook’s API. We are excited to see what will happen at the Maker Faire when makers from all over Pittsburgh come together with their location-aware devices and Facebook accounts. Visitors to the ioBridge demo area will be able to Like Elmo via a QR code. If the graph of you, us, Elmo, the location, and/or your friends all line up, Elmo will get activated in real-time. Elmo has an infectious laugh and we’ve got hear him start singing quite a few times this week.

As our things generate more data, we hope to keep pushing the limits and find meaning. Connections are forming and how we find about what are things know, “who is at the house,” and “if my basement is flooded” will be told to us like other info that we find out about our friends on the Twitter stream or the Facebook news feed or our Google Circles. In fact our friends on our graph may find out before we do.