From Toasters to Smart Cities, See How ioBridge is Building the Internet of Things

What is the internet of things?

This might be a question that you have been asking lately as we all keep hearing more about smart things and connected devices. “Internet of Things” concepts were introduced to us over 10-15 years and have shifted from humble object tagging ideas to much more sophisticated concepts. We believe the Internet of Things is an ecosystem of devices and systems interacting with each other using the Internet on behalf of people. This interaction may produce automation systems, social entanglement with our objects, efficiency in systems, brand new product categories, and meaningful analytics.

Claudia Bracholdt of Quartz recently invited Robert Mawrey, CEO of ioBridge, to share our experience and view-point on the Internet of Things. In the following YouTube video, Robert discusses the Tweeting Toaster (@mytoaster) and demonstrates a smart plug that is able to be controlled by a smart phone and social interaction. The smart plug is powered by the ioBridge Iota Wi-Fi Module making anything smart and cloud-connected. Manufacturers use the Iota module or a reference design in many products when they are looking to build scalable, stable, and secure connected products and services.

Using the ioBridge platform, known as (real-time input and output), users are able to build all kinds of interactions among things, people, and apps. provides social context such as Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare and system context with Email, back-end systems, weather systems, analytic processing, and voice services such as Twilio. Robert mentioned a “tweeting toaster” which tweets when it is in use. This was created over 5 years ago and has stirred up many conversations about connected objects. The idea is not to stop at this humorous example. We ask ourselves, “What does this mean?” and “What else can we do?” Knowing if a toaster is in use can tell us the power consumption of the appliance. What if this was not a toaster but a washer and dryer? You could get notified at laundry mat that your laundry is ready. Instead of a public output to Twitter, how about to sending notifications to phones. This could have been a medical device that is out of spec and alerts you that you need calibration or service and possibly do that calibration remotely.

Social Appliances, Laundry Mats, Powered by ioBridge and the Internet of Things

What else could you do? How about building a smart city. This is exactly what Geosyntec did with the ioBridge platform and devices. Instead of reacting to Twitter, water systems in cities react to weather conditions read in from weather websites, remote locations, local sensors, and now have the ability to make real-time control decisions in determining how water is collected, routed, and used efficiently.

How The "Internet Of Things" Is Turning Cities Into Living Organisms

Again, the idea is to keep pushing the ideas further. With ioBridge, we make it possible to create all kinds of newly imagined ideas. Let’s keep the conversation going… Please contact us and see how we can work together and build amazing new things.

[via Quartz]

Monitoring Utility and Generator Power Sources

Guy from Living Sustainably created a project to monitor his utility and generator power sources. This project came to life after Guy lost power for a couple of days during a wind storm. The emergency power generator kicked on after the power outage, but it failed to transfer power to his property. Guy created a monitoring and alerting system with ioBridge, so he would be sure about the quality of power and that the generator would be ready to go on a future outage. Taking advantage of our cloud services, Guy setup a private dashboard of power info and setup real-time alerts for state changes on the generator. Now, when the generator does self-tests, Guy receives up-to-the minute alerts and knows that the generator is ready for power outages.

Generator emails from ioBridge

[via Living Sustainably]

X10 Home Automation with ioBridge Remote Control Apps

A very popular add-on for the ioBridge IO-204 Web Gateway is the X10 Smart Board. This board translates web requests into X10 commands so you are able to remotely control X10 outlets, lights, and thermostats. Mark’s Voice Activated Home Automation System used a combination of Apple’s Siri, X10, and ioBridge APIs.

Recently, the X10 interface modules manufactured by X10 were discontinued. We were able to get the last 25 that were in stock directly from X10. Then, we manufactured another 25 X10 Smart Boards to pair with the X10 interface modules. We are selling the X10 kits on the ioBridge Store and when we run out, we will not be able to manufacture more. We are looking at alternatives and also looking at supporting other home automation protocols such as INSTEON and many others. For more information on X10 Home Automation with ioBridge, check out the ioBridge + X10 App Note.

ioBridge’s ioApp for Android and iPhone supports X10 Controls and will support future protocols. Leave a comment if you have any ideas on what to support next.

[via ioBridge Store]

iAquaLink Featured in Connected World and on The Peggy Smedley Show

iAquaLink, created by Zodiac Pool Systems and ioBridge, is currently featured in the July/August 2012 issue of the Connected World Magazine. Connected World covers summertime technology in an article called, “Backyard Bandwidth”. Learn about backyard devices like the iGrill Wireless Thermometer and the iAquaLink Intelligent Pool and Spa Controller. iAquaLink allows for real-time, remote access from smart devices and complete automation of pool and spa equipment including pumps, filters, cleaners, sprinklers, and heaters / chillers. Connected World Magazine is available in bookstores like Barnes & Noble, by subscription, and online.

Connected World Magazine Cover


Make sure you are listening to The Peggy Smedley Show for the latest in M2M and emerging connected technology. On a recent episode, Peggy covers “Hot Summer Gadgets” and discusses the iAquaLink with her co-host Mike Carrozzo. As with all episodes, Peggy dives into the space we are working so hard to advance and it’s great to hear about one of our customer’s products on the show. Check out the Hot Summer Gadgets segment on The Peggy Smedley Show.

ioBridge Founders on ITConversations Podcast

Jason Winters and I had the great pleasure of being on the ITConversations Podcast, “Technometria“, hosted by Phil Windley and Scott Lemon.

Technometria is a podcast dedicated to conversations about Web 2.0, programming and software development, open source, identity, new media, enterprise computing, and the emerging Internet of Things. We recommend that you check it out for other great interviews and discussions on the topics and near and dear to our hearts.

We got a chance to talk with Phil and Scott about the Internet of Things, the ioBridge origin story, our platform, our projects, and our amazing customers. I hope you enjoying hearing the story that we created together. Thanks to all of you!

[via ITConversations]