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Apr 11

Internet of Things Contest (aka The Easiest Contest Ever)

To celebrate our 300th ThingSpeak channel, we are announcing, “The Easiest Contest Ever”.

All you have to do is build a project using a ThingSpeak web service, take a photo (if it applies), and writeup a description / how-to on your blog, Instructables, or email us the details. We are giving away 20 gift certificates to SparkFun valued at $50 each.

Internet of Things Contest

Some ideas: Use a USB data logger with ThingSpeak Importer, track a car using ThingSpeak geolocation services, create a mashup using ThingSpeak Plugins…wait…we have said too much. We want to be surprised by what you come up with, so feel free to get creative.

Disclaimer: All entries will be published on the ThingSpeak Community Blog and selection is based on meeting the described criteria. All rulings are at the final discretion of the ThingSpeak team members. Let’s see how crazy this will get!

Coming soon: We have some exciting things in store for you. Users have been asking for an index of public channels, so we are going to add a searchable project index soon. This week we will be announcing the beta release of a new application built on the ThingSpeak platform.

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23 comments

  1. My entry: How to Talk To ThingSpeak With Python (A Memory/CPU Monitor) http://bit.ly/ikvAQA

  2. when is the deadline?

  3. Hopefully I’m not too late.
    Here’s my project:
    http://paradoxial.wordpress.com/thingspeak/

    It’s a random number generator.

  4. Here is my submission:

    http://frank.circleofcurrent.com/thingspeak_mbed_tut1/

    I never knew you guys existed, ThingSpeak is awesome. I’ve been looking for a datalogging database solution for embedded stuff, and Google Data API seemed like overkill for small microcontrollers.

  5. Here’s my entry: http://bvwelch.com/?p=195

    It monitors the disk space on my server so I can quickly see if disk space is low… It is a modification of Chris’s nice cpu applet, and I also graph it on my WordPress blog.

    To be practical, I only update once an hour, so it will take a few days before the graph looks nice.

    Note I do give Chris full credit for the original idea, but I hope I’ve shown a useful variation and folks will think — ‘hey I can do better than that’.

  6. Here is mine, it is based on Australian Robotics entry!
    It updates a channel with the pixel distance the mouse has travelled each 20 seconds.
    Just to let you know, Pixance = Pixel + Distance
    https://github.com/chiva/Pixance

  7. I wrote a quick .net class to put in my applications that will utilize ThingSpeak. It currently posts data only (Data Fields, Status Updates and Location) but will be expanded to display a graph or parse through the data.

    http://cobwebsonmymind.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/thingspeak-net-class/

  8. http://asselinpaul.posterous.com/shower-time-analysis-thingspeak-contest
    Yep, this is my entry for the contest.
    I’m pretty happy with the services, there quick to setup and pretty clear, keep up the good work.

    Sincerely
    Paul

  9. Looks like I’m number 3 with

    http://hall.sharepoint.com/Pages/thingspeak.aspx.

    I’m jazzed to see what other projects show up. Good idea!

  10. Here is our Entry:

    Description is here:
    http://www.gizmoforyou.net/site/en/blogs/making-of-robobench.html#readmore

    The final result is here:
    http://www.gizmoforyou.net/site/component/robobench

    We hope everyone likes it and has lots of fun with it.

  11. Here is my project! Thanks for the great service ThingSpeak! I look forward to all the future use. Check my blog for more details on the project.

  12. Here is my project. It currently is monitoring my attic temperature and computer closet in my basement. I plan to have several other sensors throughout the house and outside in an effort to make my house more efficient. Check my blog for more details and information about the project.

  13. Here is my project:
    http://roebuj.blogspot.com/2011/04/it-all-started-last-spring.html

    It currently is monitoring my attic temperature and computer closet in my basement. I plan to have several other sensors throughout the house and outside in an effort to make my house more efficient. Check my blog for more details and information about the project.

  14. Here is my project: http://harrisonpham.com/dp/thingspeakclient

    It’s an ethernet connected ‘weather station’ that uploads temperature and humidity data to ThingSpeak. It uses a Propeller Chip and a SHT11 sensor and is completely self contained only requiring an Ethernet connection (no PC needed).

    BTW: I love ThingSpeak. I used to use rrdtool and a custom PHP frontend to graph sensor data. It wasn’t nearly as flexible or ‘cool’ as ThingSpeak.

  15. Not going to lie, it took me a while to figure things out. Love it though, I will certainly be making tutorials even after this contest.

    Here it is:
    http://oz.heliohost.org/projects/netduino-projects/classes/classes-and-project-thingspeak-and-netduino-plus/

    Yup… I also thought I was only going to follow people, but you know how things like twitter just pull you in ;)

  16. Thingspeak integrates really well with my existing application and makes monitoring from outside the network a lot easier.

    http://www.quicktrip.co.nz/jaqblog/home/41-blogthingspeak

  17. For Arduino powered devices, your API is sooo nice to work with! I can think of a million things to try but alas there is only so much time. My latest project is here:

    http://ibtek.wordpress.com/

  18. Here’s my entry, a script that keeps track of the colours in my studio:

    http://robmyers.org/weblog/2011/04/logging-colours-to-thingspeak/index.html

    complete with jQuery display of the data as suggested. :-) :

    http://robmyers.org/git/?p=thingspeak.git;a=blob_plain;f=studio_colours.html

  19. I might be late, but here is my weather station:
    http://make.larsi.org/WeatherStation/

    I used an Arduino, but I did not want to use the Ethernet Shield. The data is sent out over the serial port. A Processing sketch is listening to the serial port, graphs everything, and sends the data to ThingSpeak every 5 minutes. It shows how to connect to ThingSpeak in Processing (basically Java).

  20. I hope I’m not too late to the party!

    My project involves a 1-Wire temperature network in combination with a Windows application I built called Seriot to log the data and send it to ThingSpeak. The application supports any serial device and supports running in Interactive, background and batch modes. See the charts link below for my latest sensor readings.

    Temperature Sensor Network:
    http://nuewire.com/2011/04/easy-arduino-1-wire-sensor-network/

    Seriot logging application:
    http://nuewire.com/seriot/

    Charts:
    http://nuewire.com/things/

    willnue

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