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This Week in the Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

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The Internet of Things is developing and buzzing all around us. Throughout the week we come across innovative projects, brilliant articles and posts that support and feature the innovators and companies that make our business possible. Here’s our list of favorites from this week’s journey on the Web.

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The State of Connected Products with Charlie Isaacs| Exact Target

The Internet of Things in 2014 | Slideshare

35 Open Source Tools for the Internet of Things | Datamation

Drive Safer and Sleep Better with These Devices | Wall Street Daily

Internet of Things by the Numbers | Forbes

Please tell us in the comments below or Tweet us, @DigiDotCom- we would love to share your findings too. You can also follow all of the commentary and discussion with the hashtag #FridayFavorites.

Three Things You Can Build with XBee This Weekend

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Have a couple spare XBees, microcontrollers, and some free time? Here are a few simple projects that you can build to put those RF modules and other electronic goodies to use. Below, you’ll find project descriptions as well as links to step-by-step instructions.

 

Wireless Text to Speech Device
Want to transform serial data into sound? This project allows you to type into a serial terminal connected to an XBee, and when you press enter, the words are sent to another XBee enabled text-to-speech module that speaks the words out loud on a connected speaker. Click here for instructions.

Wireless Disco Ball Controller
Is it party time? We have the perfect solution! This project uses a set of XBees and an Arduino to control a disco ball’s lighting as well as how fast it revolves. Click here for instructions.

XBee Rock, Paper, Scissors Game
Need a fun way to determine who should do the dishes or take the trash out? How about a wireless and interactive game of Rock, Paper, Scissors? This project uses two Mbed microcontrollers and a couple of Digi XBee radios to enable two people to choose a button representing either Rock, Paper, or Scissors and determines the winner on your own LCD screen. Click here for instructions.

Check out examples.digi.com for more projects. There, you can browse tutorials for beginner, intermediate, and even experienced XBee developers. Once you’re done building, feel free to share them with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ using the #XBee hashtag. Happy building!

Digi’s Annual Employee Golf Tournament: Wormburner 2014

It’s always nice to spend a day out of the office on a summer day and every July the competition starts to heat up around Digi. Teams are formed, enemies are made, and bragging rights for an entire year are put on the line– even friendly wagers involving car washes are involved.

It’s also a great opportunity for us to raise money and make an impact in our community by supporting charities like Fraser, Children’s Hospitals, Ronald McDonald House, and Treehouse. And good news, we have lots of pictures! Check ‘em out below.

Wormburner 2014

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This Week in the Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

The Internet of Things is developing and buzzing all around us. Throughout the week we come across innovative projects, brilliant articles and posts that support and feature the innovators and companies that make our business possible. Here’s our list of favorites from this week’s journey on the Web.

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Complexity Will Drive Demand for Managed Service Providers | Forbes

Forget ‘Things’ — It’s the Internet of Business Models | Information Week

Why the Internet of Things Narrative Needs to Change | The Next Web

How the Maker Movement is Moving into Classrooms | Edutopia

Solar Power Trash Compactor in Philadelphia | CNN

Please tell us in the comments below or Tweet us, @DigiDotCom- we would love to share your findings too. You can also follow all of the commentary and discussion with the hashtag #FridayFavorites.

Digi Employee Hackathon: Developing with Arduino and Mbed Microcontrollers

Last week, Digi engineers convened at our headquarters in Minneapolis for their annual meeting. We also took this time to hold a Hackathon. For this Hackathon, there was a requirement of using both an Arduino and Mbed microcontroller in each team’s design and connect the two microcontrollers via XBee. Here are a few of the projects that were created.

Aquariometer

The goal of the project was to give fish tank owners and pet shop managers a complete solution for monitoring their aquariums. Temperature changes can be detrimental to aquatic life.  Additonally, continuous monitoring of the tank’s temperature can prevent serious damage to a heater if there is an issue. It’s also important to maintain a proper water level. If the levels get too low, it can cause damage to the aquarium’s filtering system.

The project shows the tank level and temperature at a glance with a shiny RGB LED light strip. The height of the lights represents the level in the tank and temperature is reflected by the color of the lights. So, when the temperature is warm, the lights turn red and when the temperature is cool, the light strip turns blue.

The mbed microcontroller was connected to the temperature sensor and the scale, which is used to measure the level of the tank. XBee sent the sensor readings from the tank to an Arduino which processes the sensor readings and controls the LED strip.

Team Members: Don Schleede and Jayna Locke 

Wireless Scoreboard

We’re a competitive bunch. In the heat of competition, you need a way to keep score. That’s why the wireless scoreboard was created.

The design consisted of an Arduino board and mbed board to meet the competition criteria. The mbed was connected to buttons that the user can push to enter a point. There are buttons for the home and away team as well as a reset button to set the score back to zero. The score is displayed on an LCD screen connected to an Arduino. The two microcontrollers communicate via XBee, so you can place the scoreboard and control panel in convenient locations.

Team Members: Jonathan Young

ReMorse

People still use Morse code… right? That’s beside the point. Now, there’s finally a way to send your friends and colleagues Morse code messages.

ReMorse is a high-end, lo-fi, vintage, wireless communication device that makes it easy to send very important, highly secure, messages to those you need to reach. The user simply enters in their message on a laptop, hits send, and the message begins playing from the speaker. The receiver processes the morse code and translates the message.

Team Members: Aaron Kurland, Gene Fodor

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Have you ever left for work in a hurry only to second guess whether or not you closed the garage door? Fear no more. The CarDuino ensures this is a problem of the past.

The team’s prototype consisted of an RC car and miniature garage door, but could easily be expanded to work in the real world. On board the remote control vehicle is an Arduino and XBee. If the door is left open, the driver is notified with a jingle. They can then choose to close the garage door from their car or acknowledge the alarm and turn it off. The range of the device is about one mile out on the road!

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The goal of the Hackathon was to familiarize everyone with developing on both the Arduino and MBed platforms. We learned a lot and identified strengths and weaknesses in both platforms and we got some amazing projects as a result. Click here to check out past Hackathons we’ve held at Digi. Here’s to more hackathons in the future!

This Week in the Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

The Internet of Things is developing and buzzing all around us. Throughout the week we come across innovative projects, brilliant articles and posts that support and feature the innovators and companies that make our business possible. Here’s our list of favorites from this week’s journey on the Web.

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[Infographic]What is the Internet of Things | Visual Capitalist

M2M Adoption Barometer | Vodafone M2M

Jibo: The Worlds First Family Robot | Mashable

Internet of Things: 8 Pioneering Ideas | InformationWeek

From the Racetrack to Cardiac Surgery: How McLaren is Bringing the Internet of Things Up to Speed | TechRadar

Please tell us in the comments below or Tweet us, @DigiDotCom- we would love to share your findings too. You can also follow all of the commentary and discussion with the hashtag #FridayFavorites.

This Week in the Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

The Internet of Things is developing and buzzing all around us. Throughout the week we come across innovative projects, brilliant articles and posts that support and feature the innovators and companies that make our business possible. Here’s our list of favorites from this week’s journey on the Web.

Why the Internet of Things will Disrupt Everything | Wired

How an Intelligent Thimble Could Replace the Mouse in 3D Virtual Reality Worlds | MIT Technology Reviewdigix2-sg1-300x300

XBee Internet Gateway Update Released

The Internet of Small Things Spurs Big Business | InformationWeek

Internet of Things and Connected Retail Experience | Wired 

Please tell us in the comments below or Tweet us, @DigiDotCom- we would love to share your findings too. You can also follow all of the commentary and discussion with the hashtag #FridayFavorites.

25 Internet of Things, M2M & Connected Product Experts Not to Miss on Twitter

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How do you get your Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) news? We all love surfing the Web, but who doesn’t want the latest and greatest information delivered in real-time? Here are 25 experts who will add M2M, IoT and connected product news to your Twitter feed.

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@Charlieisaacs
Charlie Isaacs
Bio: CTO for Customer Connection at salesforce.com

 

@Faludi
Rob Faludi
Bio: NYU Professor, SVA professor, author: Building Wireless Sensor Networks, Collaborative Strategy Leader, R&D for Digi International, maker of plants that tweet.

 

@ConnectedWMag
Peggy Smedley 
Bio: Peggy Smedley is a renowned author; award-winning editor; entertaining public speaker; witty radio show host; and technology expert in M2M/connected devices.

 

@petercoffee
Peter Coffee
Bio: VP for Strategic Research at salesforce.com working with app developers and CIOs to build a global community around cloud-based platforms as a service.

 

@klintron
Klint Finley
Bio: Wired reporter, TechCrunch columnist, Mindful Cyborgs co-host, indoor enthusiast. 

 

@MattRichardson
Matt Richardson
Creative Technologist, ITP Resident Research Fellow, MAKE Contributing Editor, K2MRQ, and author

 

@Jordan_Husney
Jordan Husney
Bio: Strategy Director @ Undercurrent. Creating simplicity from complexity | Hacker and maker | NYC

 

@aliciaasin
Alicia Asin
Bio: Libelium’s CEO, engineer fascinated by what sensor networks and the Internet of Things can do in smart cities.

 

@thinkstrategies
Jeff Kaplan
Bio: Cloud Computing, SaaS, & Managed Services Guru Serving IT/Business Decision-Makers, IT Solution Providers and Investors.

 

@ReidCarlberg
Reid Carlberg
Bio: Developer evangelist at salesforce.com and Internet of Things advocate.

 

@EFGoodness
Eric Goodness
Bio: M2M/IoT thought leader and market analyst at Gartner.

 

@agpublic
Adam Greenfield
Bio: Author of Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing Founder and managing director, Urbanscale, NYC.

 

@DaveTheFuturist
Dave Evans
Bio: Cisco’s Chief Futurist and Chief Technologist for Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions @CiscoIBSG. Obsessed with technology, robots, and the future.

 

@JAdP
Joseph di Paolantonio
Bio: VP of Research and Principal Analyst and Constellation Research focused on analytics, data management and the Internet of Things.

 

@mulloom2
Morgan Mullooly
Bio: Telecom industry analyst with Analysis Mason specializing in M2M and IoT technology.

 

@tymkrs
Toymaker Television
Bio: Follow along as we video all of our crazy diy projects. Electronics, programming, avs, building musical instruments, and what ever else we get interested in.

 

@szczys
Mike Szczys
Bio: Musician, Contributing Editor for Hackaday.com

 

@WSNBlog
WSN Blog
Bio: Tiny sensors tweeting over wireless links

 

@bjmclaughlin
Brian McLaughlin
Bio: Spacey Engineer developing systems for NASA and a GeekDad. Opinions shared are my own and I am not representing NASA.

 

@Postscapes
Postscapes
Bio: Tracking the Internet of Things #iot

 

@TheIoT
Bio: Everything Internet of Things; pulled in by @JamesChevalier

 

@adafruit
Limor ‘Ladyada’ Fried
Bio: Teaching, sharing, engineering, DIY electronic kits, open source hardware, arduino, raspberry pi, art, and hacking.

 

@jbertolucci
Jeff Bertolucci
Bio: Technology writer covering the Internet of Things and Big Data for Information Week.

 

@Freescale
Freescale
Bio: Official Twitter page for Freescale Semiconductor (global leader of embedded processing solutions) to share insight on the technologies that power your world.

 

@Make
MAKE
Bio: The twitter home of MAKE magazine.

 

And, of course, you can follow us too:
@XBeeWireless
@DigiDotCom
@Etherios

Are you tweeting about #IoT? Or, do you follow someone that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments section or on Twitter.

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