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Radiator Labs Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Bring Comfort and Control to Steam Heat Users

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Millions of people rely on steam heat. If you’re one of them, you know that your place usually has one of two climates — tropical or Arctic. Admit it, you’ve opened the window in the winter to try to find a balance — we all have. But one company, Radiator Labs, is working to fix this problem forever. Not just for your own home, but large buildings too. How? They’re using a combination of Internet of Things technology and thermodynamics to enable full control.

The team recently launched a Kickstarter to bring this much needed face-lift to steam heat. The solution consists of The Cozy, which is an intelligent cover that is placed over your radiator, and a setup that allows you to set a room temperature via your smartphone. The enclosure collects the heat generated from the radiator and only releases heat as needed. This not only ensures a comfortable temperature in the room, but also uses energy in a more efficient manner.

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The project began about two years ago and was off to a quick start as the project won the MIT Clean Energy Prize in 2012. “This changed everything for Radiator Labs. We were able to access more buildings to test and develop the next generation of the Cozy.” says Founder and Creator, Marshall Cox.

Since then, the team has spent time designing the Cozy. Radiator Labs used XBee modules to build large-scale Zigbee Mesh networks and ConnectPort X2e gateways to connect each sensor network to the Internet. Data is gathered and stored in Device Cloud. It’s then sent to an application to set a desired temperature. Data can also be analyzed to monitor each sensor and identify poorly functioning radiators. The team is in the process of deploying a large rollout of the solution in residence halls at NYU and Columbia University.

The Kickstarter campaign will help Radiator Labs bring a WiFi-enabled design to market that will fit nearly any radiator. Funds will also go towards the development of an iOS and Android application that will allow users to control temperatures from their smartphone. So if you like comfortable temperatures and saving energy, support Radiator Labs on Kickstarter.

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.


SODAQ: A Prototyping Board with XBee Capabilities on Kickstarter

The Evolution of Arudiuno is Forming the Internet of Things from VINT

The Five Challenges for the Internet of Things Ecosystem via Forbes

How the Internet of Things will Revolutionize Customer Service from the Salesforce.com 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.

Apitronics Farm Monitoring System

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By Louis Thiery

Apitronics is a wireless platform that enables farmers to develop sensor networks to meet their specific needs through the use of open hardware. It includes a base station, or “Hive,” that coordinates a swarm of field-ready “Bees” which collect data and control switches. Each Bee contains a solar charger, SD card, GPS headers, XBee headers and water proof plugs. The Hive contains a Linux computer that saves the data locally and provides data within a locally hosted web page. Farmers can even set up triggers so they are alerted if they forget to water, if temperatures get too hot, etc.

You can learn more about how Apitronics works here.

You can watch a video of Apitronics below.

Sensemakers NYC

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It’s always great when you can mix tech talk and the casual atmosphere of a local bar. Last Wednesday, that’s exactly what the latest Sensemakers event, Bar Talks, did.

So what’s the latest in the world of the Internet of Things in New York City?

Leif Percifield spoke to the crowd about his latest project, Visualight. Visualight is an open-source Wi-Fi enabled light bulb that can visualize data as colored light. You can see the successfully funded project on Kickstarter here.

Rob Faludi, our Collaborative Strategy Leader here at Digi, covered “How the Internet of Things will Reshape Business.”

And, Michael Doherty explained what’s next for his successful Kickstarter project, Bitponics.
“Bioponics is a device and a website that will simplify hydroponic gardening. You tell it about your setup and what plants you’re growing, and it provides you with a personalized growing plan that tells you how to achieve the best possible results. Sensors in your garden send readings to your account on the Bitponics website. The website then processes that information and sends notifications back to your device to control things such as pumps and lights.”

Know of a great Meetup about the Internet of Things? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments section below. We’re always looking to join a great discussion.

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