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13-year-old XBee Project Innovator Teaches Tech to MIT graduates

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Our friend Quin is always up to big things. Most recently, the 13-year-old innovator has decided to kick off his career in education early by hosting technology classes at MIT. We were lucky enough to meet Quin back when he used XBee modules in the infamous “gas cap.” Since then, we’re constantly chatting with Quin about his projects over social media, hanging out and talking shop at Maker Faire events around the country, and now, watching him tell his story on BBC. Go Quin!

XBee Crew & Quin at World Maker Faire

“In less than three years, 13-year-old Quin Etnyre learned to program electronics, created his own company, and began teaching MIT graduates in his spare time,” the BBC article, which accompanies the video below, reads.

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!

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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 2013: Make Your Project Awesome

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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.XBee_Cloud_Kit (1)

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.

Learn more about the talk here!

There’s lots happening at Maker Faire and we hope to see you there!

Join us at World Maker Faire NY 2013!

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World Maker Faire New York is nearly here, and we can’t wait. The event takes place September 21 & 22, and we want you to join us! We have a handful of tickets to share with our fellow makers.

Keep an eye on the XBee Twitter and Facebook Page for trivia questions which, if answered correctly, will enter you in a drawing for two free one-day passes. Questions will go out during the week of September 9-13.

All you need to do is tweet @XBeewireless or post to our Facebook wall with your answers.

Note: you must already be in the NYC area or be willing to make your own way to the area in order to enter. We look forward to a fun weekend and hope to see you all there!

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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How the “Internet of Things” May Change the World from National Geographic

Meet the Makers at Maker Faire New York 2013

Enabling the Internet of Things: Q&A with Libelium CEO Alicia Asin on IT Pro Portal

Building the Internet of Things via the Washington Post

Automation: The Future of the Internet of Things in the Workplace on Business 2 Community

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.

Internet of Things Event Forecast

Believe it or not, we are more than half way through the year of 2013.  There are still many exciting Internet of Things events to keep an eye out for as the fall season nears. Here are a few we are looking forward to.

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M2M Evolution
August 26-29 in Las Vegas
The event will kick off with the Battle of the Platforms, which will give a glimpse into the variety of platforms within the M2M industry. A number of thought leaders in the industry will be giving talks on how M2M technology is changing businesses. Topics include: Customer service, marketing, industry trends, healthcare, and supply chain management.

Follow on Twitter| @M2MEvolution or #M2MEvolution

Maker Faire
September 21-22 in New York City
Maker Faire is the ideal place to exhibit your projects and connect with other makers.  We always leave this event in awe of what others have created. If you were born with the DIY spirit, this event is for you. We usually do a giveaway too, so make sure to stop by and say hi at the Digi Booth!

Follow on Twitter| @Makerfaire or #Makerfaire

M2M Innovation World Conference
September 24-25
The M2m Innovation World Congress is dedicated to the M2M industry and the multiple verticals it operates in. Conference goers will hear about industry best practices, case studies, and M2M insights. Joel Young, Digi’s CTO and Senior VP of Research and Development,  will be speaking.

Follow on Twitter| @M2MIWCongress

Strata Conference
October 28-30 in New York City
Strata Conference is essential for anyone trying to understand big data, data science, and new technology.  The three days consist of a number of influential speakers with information rich presentations. This is a great event to learn and connect with others in the tech. world.

Follow on Twitter| @Strataconf or #Strataconf

Dreamforce
November 18-21 in San Francisco
Dreamforce is the largest cloud computing event of the year. Learn first-hand from business leaders that are changing the way we think about customer service. Speakers include Sales Force CEO Marc Benioff, Yahoo CEO Marrisa Mayer, and many others.

Follow on Twitter| @Dreamforce or #Dreamforce

LeWeb
December 10-12 in Paris
This year marks the 10th anniversary of LeWeb and what better way to celebrate than focus on the next ten years.  LeWeb is a premier event featuring innovative product demonstrations and forward thinking business leaders.  Check out their Youtube channel to see past conferences.

Folllow on Twitter| @LeWeb or #LeWeb

Congratulations to our Winners from Maker Faire: Get Your XBees Connected to the Internet

XBee Internet Gateway Kit

We wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that stopped by at Maker Faire in San Mateo! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.  Below are the winners from our drawing, congratulations!

The XBee Internet Gateway

This kit is designed to be used with the open-source XBee Internet Gateway software. The XBee Internet Gateway makes connecting XBee radios to the internet easy.  Developers have used it to upload data, send and receive remote text and commands, access internet resources, and easily integrate with social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

A simple application of the XIG involving remote control of a lamp can be found on our examples site.

Introducing internet connectivity to your project also gives you the ability to manage your devices using free services from Device Cloud by Etherios. This web-based application allows you to remotely run commands on a device, update firmware, store data, and much more.

Click here for an easy to follow guide on getting started with the XBee Internet Gateway.

To get some ideas and spark your creativity check out the XBee Project Gallery, which is filled with great projects featuring the XBee radio. We love to see all the applications developers have found for the XBee, so show us what you create!

 

World Maker Faire Recap

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We hope that everyone enjoyed World Maker Faire as much as we did! It was great to spend two days with people who feel so passionately about making amazing things. We also came across many awesome XBee projects that we’ll be sharing later in the week!

Here are a few recaps that we feel capture the essence of the Maker Faire experience:

Reliving Maker Faire, Through Photos on the Wall Street Journal

Gigantic Game Of Thumb War And Other Awesome Stuff We Saw At The 2012 Maker Faire on Business Insider

Listen to Maker Faire Celebrates Do-It-Yourself-Culture on NPR

If you’re looking for any of the projects we presented at the Digi/XBee booth you can find them on the Digi Examples Site. If you were one of our lucky XBee Internet Gateway Kit winners, you can find inspiration on the XBee Project Gallery.

Do you 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!

World Maker Faire, Day 1

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Day one of World Maker Faire was amazing! Throughout the day, enthusiastic makers filled the Digi XBee booth to try out a collection of XBee and iDigi projects including: the cymbal monkey, joystick with XBee and the XBee Scent Generator which can all be found on the Digi Examples site.

Signing up for a free account on the iDigi Device Cloud gave makers an entry into an hourly drawing for an XBee Internet Gateway Kit. Not attending Maker Faire? You can do the same virtually here.

Congratulations to today’s winners:
Kelly Masterson
Scott Austin
Ed Hesbstman
Katherine Whitlock
Kiranc Anar
Peter Jenkins
Alden Michaels
Gabriel Yessin
Nick Wong
Dylan Avila
Kevin Warner
Roland Radius
Juan Risso
John Baumann
Nadira Haque
If you are a winner and you did not pick up your kit today, you can come see us tomorrow or we’ll contact you via email.

We’re looking forward to the second day of World Maker Faire and sharing more updates and more photos here on the iDigi blog, Facebook and Twitter.

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