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]

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.

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]

CheerLights Nominated for Best DIY Internet of Things Project

CheerLights is a worldwide network of multicolored lights that are synchronized together. When one color changes, all of the lights around the world change to that color. Colors are changed by sending a Tweet mentioning “cheerlights” and a color. This project is part of ioBridge Labs where we spend time on research and development of new projects, typically focused on the Internet of Things. CheerLights emerged from one of our Skunk Works projects.

We have the distinct honor of being nominated for an award. CheerLights has been nominated by Postscapes for the Best DIY Internet of Things project project for 2012. These are the 2nd annual Internet of Things Awards. Last year, we won for TideAlerts – our open network of tide level monitoring stations.

Please take a moment and vote for CheerLights and your favorite Internet of Things projects. Thanks!

Best Internet of Things Project by ioBridge CheerLights 2012

[via Postscapes Internet of Things Awards 2012]