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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.

Makerland Tutorials

Makerland Tutorials: Your First Step with the Internet of Things | EBook (Free Download)

Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer Engagement Center | Gartner

The ABCs of the Internet of Things | Computerworld

Makerspace on Wheels: Building the Hackmobile | MAKE

5 Technologies Driving the Internet of Things | 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.

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

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.

Getting Started with XBee Wi-Fi Cloud Kit

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The new XBee Wi-Fi Cloud Kit is the fastest way to get your things connected to the internet (#IoTASAP). Even if you have no experience building your own circuits or writing code, you’re now capable of connecting a device and building online dashboards with the XBee Wi-Fi Cloud Kit. And, to make getting started even easier, Rob Faludi, Digi’s chief innovation officer and author of Building Wireless Sensor Networks, has put together examples that walk you through each step of connecting various devices.

The advantages of adding a cloud connection to your projects are endless. You can monitor the performance and troubleshoot problems and create environmental responses that bring a heightened level of interaction to users.

A Few Ideas to Get Started 

Temperature Monitoring 
Temperature monitoring is a great starting point to get familiar with analog sensing. This example uses the TMP36 low-voltage linear sensor that is included in the XBee Wi-Fi Cloud Kit. Once you’ve completed this example, your TMP36 will be generating data points that are viewable in your web browser.

Control an LED
Making an LED illuminate is one of the first things many people do when they start learning electronics. Hence, it can be one of the most satisfying. We’re putting a wireless spin on that achievement by hooking up an LED to an XBee’s output, then controlling it from the web.

Push Button
A button or “momentary switch” is perfect for projects that require user input, or any place you need to detect a change in device state. This example uses a simple tactile switch, however the very same circuit can be used with a pressure mat to detect someone walking into a room, or with a microswitch to monitor when a door opens or with a passive infrared sensor to respond to motion. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through wiring up a simple button to your XBee Wi-Fi so that its current state can be seen in a online application from anywhere in the world.

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking about what is possible with the new kit. You can find all of these examples and more here, and you can always find more XBee projects in the XBee Gallery.

Interested in getting an XBee Wi-Fi Cloud Kit? Head over here.

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.

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!

Featuring MakerBot: 3D Printing at Your Fingertips

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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.

Do you have a 3D printer? If so, what have you made? We’d love to see your photos on Twitter or Facebook!

World Maker Faire Ticket Giveaway

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It’s almost that time again, World Maker Faire New York is coming up next weekend, September 29 & 30, and we want nothing more than to share the experience with you. What’s the best way to make sure we get to meet you? Free tickets of course!

To enter, here’s all you have to do:
Tweet or post on Facebook: “Free Maker Faire tickets from @XBeeWireless! http://www.idigi.com/blog/events-2/maker-faire-ticket-giveaway/

Make sure to mention us in your tweet or tag us in your Facebook post so we can count your entry. Participants who answer correctly in the format noted above, before 5pm EST on September 26, will be entered to win 2 free one-day passes to World Maker Faire in New York. If you’re a winner we will inform you directly, make an announcement here on the iDigi blog and see you in Queens for the main event!

Want to learn more about Maker Faire? Just let us know, we’re happy to share our experiences. Also, ask Juan Gomez, our ticket winner from Maker Faire San Mateo, he’s happy to share too!

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