Socially Aware Lights, Now Wireless with XBee and ioBridge

Check out the iDigi blog for details of a new project involving CheerLights - a network of interconnected lights. In this project, Noel Portugal created a wireless version of CheerLights using Digi’s XBee radios and the ioBridge IO-204 web gateway. Lights, apps, and objects all stay linked together by listening to the Twitter Stream for colors. When a color gets tweeted to @cheerlights, all of the objects change to that color.

“It’s a way to connect physical things with social networking experiences. We are all connected.” -CheerLights

ioBridge Internet Gateway with XBee Radio

Colors from Twitter are processed via ioBridge’s Internet of Things Platform called ThingSpeak. ThingSpeak is a suite of apps to make things social and interact with each other and social networks. CheerLights takes advantage of the TweetControl app. This app can be used to monitor Twitter and then send a control signal to anything that supports HTTP like thermostats, ioBridge X10 Home Automation gear, kid’s toys, interactive trade show displays… and whatever you come up with next.

[via iDigi / My Web of Things]

New Gauge Widgets for Displaying Sensor Data

We have a new option for displaying sensor data on the ioBridge Dashboard or on your webpage. You can now select the Gauge Widget style for analog input widgets, external monitor widgets, and expression widgets. The external monitor widget lets you pull in data from external sites, such as NOAA, WeatherBug, or ThingSpeak, and display their data along side your own data on your secure, private dashboard. Everything works on IE6+, FireFox, Safari, Chrome, Opera, iPhone, Android-based browsers.

Dashboard with New Gauge Widget

To use the new gauge widget, create an Analog Input Widget, External Monitor Widget, or Expression Widget, and select “Gauge” under the style option.

New HTML App Widget

The new Custom HTML App widget allows you to embed HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in a widget so you can create custom widgets, apps, and mashups without having to run your own web server. The widget can hold embedded video, ThingSpeak charts, Google Visualizations, JQuery UI, and mobile web app frameworks. You can securely add the HTML App widget to dashboard so you can watch see live video right along with your ioBridge controls. That’s one only one application idea, we look forward to see what you come up with.

HTML Apps on Dashboard

HTML Apps on Dashboard

Visit the ioBridge Wiki for more information on the HTML App Widget.

Web of Things Talk at O’Reilly Ignite

Join our very own Hans Scharler at one of the O’Reilly Ignite events Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Brillobox in Pittsburgh, PA. Hans will be giving a talk entitled, “Tangled in a Web of Things”, which is about the current fragmented state of the Web of Things and the future of connected devices and services. Hans is the co-founder of ioBridge and contributor to ThingSpeak, an open source Internet of Things platform. The format for Ignite is 20 slides, 5 minutes, 15 seconds a slide, as they say, “Enlighten us, but make it quick.” There will be other great talks, so make sure to join us at Ignite Pittsburgh!

Tangled in a Web of Things - Ignite Talk by Hans Scharler

Ignite Pittsburgh
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Brillobox
4104 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA

Doors open at 7pm

ignitepittsburgh.com