Internet of Things


The absolute hottest talk in sophisticated tech circles today is the “Internet of Things.

The “Cloud” is so…well…yesterday.

ReadWriteWeb has a timely piece about a company that uses wireless sensors for agricultural monitoring.  The company is called Crossbow and the tech is the eKo Pro product.  Looks cool and they apparently have big plans.

You can do your own “Internet of Things” by sensing the physical world with an Arduino, interpreting and packaging the data up with some shell scripts, then shipping everything to Pachube.com using a Plug Computer via your Internet connected local network.  Here’s the data from my compost temperature sensor, which has 3 Dallas DS18S20 digital temperature sensors, a photocell, an Arduino microcontroller, a 1 mw Xbee digital radio, and 4 D-cells.

Naturally there’s an Xbee at the Plug Computer end to receive the data from the sensor device.  The Plug Computer sends a new line of data to Pachube.com every 5 minutes.  It works great and is totally automatic.

I’m available to consult on automated sensor network projects or prototypes.  Give me a call at 407-718-3274 or email me at robreilly@earthlink.net.

Why buy a solution, when I can help you learn to DIY?

Doc

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About Rob Reilly

Rob is an independent consultant, writer, and speaker, specializing in Linux/Free software, hacking of just about everything, DIY and Maker Movement, and tech media. He has a BS in Mechanical Technology from Purdue University. Contact him at doc@drtorq.com.
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