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Look What I Made: XBee Project Gallery Update

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Wireless Keytar
This project enables musicians to wireless transmit MIDI data to a computer to get processed by an audio enginer such as Max MSP.  The project enables a musician to create music without the hassle of plugging in and re-discovering the Keytar, while also tapping into the powerful processing capabilities of music software.

All-Terrain Rover
This all-terrain vehicle is able to navigate over difficult environments with a complex servo system. And, like many robots, this rover uses XBee for wireless control, but the creator took the project one step further by equipping the robot with sensors. Additionally, a camera relays a live video feed into the a graphical interface running on the user’s computer.

BeeChecker enables beekeepers to maintain and remotely monitor the health of their beehives. The system is comprised of two devices-one located in the hive and one out of the hive. The device measures the weight of the hive and the frequencies that the bees emit-which can indicate various behaviors of the bees within the hive. The sensor outside the hive measures humidity, temperature, and GPS location to map out the placement of each hive.

Do you have an XBee project you would like featured in the XBee Project Gallery? You can submit your own or someone else’s project here.

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.

Taking the Internet of Things to the Farm | How We Get to Next

10 Perfect DIY Projects for Makers Who Love Their Pets | Makezine

4 Ways the Internet of Things Brings us Closer to ‘The Jetsons’ | Mashable

Quality Assured with the Internet of Things | M2M Now

Arduino TRE Developer Edition, 2nd Round of Beta Testing | Arduino Blog

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.

XBee Visits World Maker Faire New York 2014

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Maker Faire is one of our favorite events of the year. We get to meet everyone that’s making with XBee, introduce others that may not be familiar, and see amazing projects like giant robotic giraffes and connected motorcycles. We’ve got tons of pictures to share with you from what was a great event.

XBee Projects

And if you stopped by our booth and looking to build any of the demos we had on display, visit examples.digi.com for instructions. Or if you’ve built a project with XBee, be sure to submit it to the XBee Gallery.

Thanks again to everyone that stopped by to hangout with us. Have photos or videos from Maker Faire that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook or Twitter!

Meet the Kit that Connects You to the Internet of Things ASAP

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In this video, Digi’s Chief Innovator, Rob Faludi, shows you how easy it is to build a Wi-Fi enabled hardware prototype and develop an application for the Internet of Things with the XBee WiFi Cloud Kit. The kit wirelessly connects with Device Cloud by Etherios out of the box, so you can build custom widgets that interact with your cloud-connected hardware.

Interested in seeing more ideas of what is possible with the XBee WiFi Cloud kit? Check out the projects that came out of our employee Hackathon in Logroño.

Look What I Made: XBee Project Updates

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We come across amazing XBee projects every day, so we wanted to remind you that we’re constantly updating the XBee Project Gallery. Here are just a few of the latest additions.

Students at UC Berkely hacked Google Glass with XBee to enable control of home appliances. If you want to turn a lamp on, all you have to do is look in its direction! Learn more about the project here.

Indigo V Water Sensor
The Indigo V research team used XBee to collect data from sensors as they traveled across the Indian Ocean from Cape Town to Singapore. Learn more about the project here.

Dog Detection System
Axel built this system after discovering his dog causing havoc in the trash bin. Using a couple Arduinos and some XBees he is now alerted when ever his dog enters the room. Learn more about the project here.

Do you have an XBee project you would like featured in the XBee Project Gallery? You can submit your own or someone else’s project here.

Look at What I Made: New XBee Projects

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We come across amazing XBee projects every day, so we wanted to remind you that we’re constantly updating the XBee Project Gallery. Here’s just a few of the latest additions.

An affordable and open source wireless platform for remote monitoring of farming operations. Farmers can monitor weather patterns, humidity, soil moisture and more. The open source hardware enables farmers to customize the system to fit their exact needs. Read more here.

Clyde is a lamp that comes with a number of personalities. Depending on its personality, Clyde will responds to its environment  such as when the room goes dark or the time of day. See more about Clyde here.

Beverage Serving Robot
We met Andy and his beverage serving robot and last week’s Maker Faire in New York. This robot is able to solicit drink orders and dispense a cold beverage to the customers. Definitely a worthwhile summertime companion. Read more about the robot here.

Have a project you’d like to be featured? Let us know in the comments below or Tweet us at@XBeeWireless. We also tweet about projects and XBee news and updates every day, follow us to see the latest and greatest!

World Maker Faire 2013 Recap

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We had a blast at this year’s World Maker Faire in New York! We hope that you enjoyed it as well. We want to say thank you to everyone that stopped by our booth. It was great meeting face to face with our fellow XBee fans and makers.

New XBee Wifi Cloud Kit Wins Editor’s Choice at Maker Faire

XBee Maker Faire Editor's Choice

The new XBee Wi-Fi Cloud kit won an Editor’s Choice at this year’s World Maker Faire in New York. The kit makes building an internet connected device fast and simple. Users can even build custom online dashboards for data visualization and remote control of their devices. Keep an eye on our TwitterFacebook Page, and Blog for more information as the official release nears.

Check out these articles for a recap of World Maker Faire 2013:

Maker Faire: When Will We Make Cars and Phones at Home? on the BBC

At Maker Faire New York City, DIY Movement Pushes into the Mainstream via The Verge

NASA highlights Asteroid Initiative at World Maker Faire from Red Orbit

Intel’s Futurist Introduces Open Source 3D Printed Robot at Maker Faire on Gizmag

In case you missed it, you can sign up for the new X-CTU Beta here.

And keep an eye on the XBee Gallery for new projects we found at Maker Faire!


Maker Faire XBee Wi-Fi Cloud Kit Drawing: Congratulations to our Winners

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We want to say thank you to everyone that stopped by at World Maker Faire in New York!  Thank you for participating in our drawing for the new XBee Wi-Fi Cloud Kit. All winners will be notified via email over the coming week. Below are the winners from our drawing, congratulations!


XBee Wi-Fi Kit Winners from World Maker Faire NY 2013

  • Brent Bovenzi
  • Irving Derin
  • Claude Cantave
  • Tim Marion
  • Michael Margolis
  • Matthew Kue
  • Ziv Schneider
  • Alex Lee
  • Neil Moloney
  • Bill Fastenau

The XBee Wi-Fi Cloud Kit
This new kit helps users quickly connect XBee Wi-Fi enabled devices to the Internet of Things. The kit includes a development board with a number of inputs and outputs and modular components that allow you to build online dashboards for device control and data visualization.

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