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.
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.
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.
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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
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 Twitter, Facebook Page, and Blog for more information as the official release nears.
Check out these articles for a recap of World Maker Faire 2013:
And keep an eye on the XBee Gallery for new projects we found at Maker Faire!
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.
World Maker Faire NY is only a week away! We’ll have project demos for you to check out, a new development kit, and we’ll be giving a talk on connecting your projects to the Internet. It’s going to be an extremely fun weekend. If you’re going to Maker Faire, be sure to stop by the Digi booth.
We’re excited to be debuting our XBee Wif-Fi Cloud kit, which makes internet-enabling your project easy. Maker Faire attendees also have a chance to sign up for the beta version of our new X-CTU software.
Digi’s Rob Faludi, and Liz Presson will be presenting September 22 at 12:00p.m. EST on the Electronics Stage. They’ll show you how an internet connection can improve your project and turn it into something amazing. This will be a great first step to get your projects connected to the internet. Everything from how to get started, what technologies to use and examples of great internet enabled projects.
There’s lots happening at Maker Faire and we hope to see you there!
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– from a robotic arm that can be controlled remotely to a fleet of four vehicles that drive themselves.
A Remote Controlled Robotic Arm by Easton Lachappelle
Using a pair of XBee’s and an old Nintendo Super Glove, the robotic arm converts the user’s movements into robotic motion.
Developed by a team of middle schoolers, these four vehicles drive themselves around a course avoiding collisions and navigating through a four way intersection. The team took first place in the Junior Exhibition at RoboFest 2013 World Competition.
Magnetic Levitation Train by Antipodes
This remote controlled train uses magnets that alternate polarity to power itself along the track.
MakerBot Industries is a Brooklyn-based company founded by Bre Pettis, Adam Mayer, and Zach “Hoeken” Smith that produces 3D printers. MakerBot’s mission is to bring desktop 3D printing into the home at an affordable price.
In addition to their online store, MakerBot opened a retail location in Manhattan. ”Come to the MakerBot Store in New York City to get a taste of some of today’s most exciting technology, right at your fingertips. See the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer in action, making new things while you watch. Browse our selection of sculptures and models made on MakerBot machines right here in our Brooklyn workshop. Better yet, leave with a totally unique gift for yourself, or someone you think is cool enough to own something made on a MakerBot.”
Walking by the store is enough to get a glimpse of the 3D printing action that’s inside. Here are some photos of the window display where you can see items such as a 3D printed toy truck, a cupcake and this 3D building that was generated with a printing time of just over 5 hours.
A Notable Note
Recently, MakerBot donated two Replicator 2 3D printers to a two-person team that created a robotic hand for a boy in South Africa. “Folks at Makerbot heard about the project and donated two Replicator 2 3D printers to the pair who were then able to create parts by sending CAD files back and forth. In a few days, Liam had a prototype hand and the pair continued to refine and improve the model.”
You can read the full story on TechCrunch, Two Makers Come Together To Make A Robotic Hand For A Boy In South Africa.
If you’re in New York, MakerBot is launching a series of workshops, classes and lectures for anyone eager to learn the nuances of 3D printing. The company’s retail location will feature lessons like “Setting Up and Maintaining Your New MakerBot” on Friday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.. At $35 per class (this varies depending on which one you attend) space is limited, so register in advance. Not in NYC? MakerBot is all about connecting with their community, you can interact with the MakerBot crew on Twitter and check out their Facebook Page here.