EVE Alpha – Raspberry Pi Wireless Development

Kickstarter over the past few months has been the platform of choice for new Internet of Things hardware being developed. Many projects are an Arduino and another thing attached to it. While some of those projects are cool, they are not pushing the Internet of Things forward. Recently, Kickstarter changed their policies about hardware projects and also opened up the platform to the United Kingdom. This is forcing the projecteers to come up with more developed and innovative ideas that help differentiate themselves from rehashed projects and ideas.

One that has piqued our interest is the EVE Alpha for the Raspberry Pi created by Ciseco from Nottingham, United Kingdom. Wireless is a key part of the Internet of Things as with wireless we can connect more things in a more seamless way, then bridge them to the Internet. EVE Alpha aims at giving you a lot of wireless options in a tiny form factor all connected to an integrated computer called the Raspberry Pi.

EVE Alpha - Raspberry Pi Wireless Development

Members of the ThingSpeak team are backers of this project and many others. We love finding new ways to get data to and from web services. This is exactly what we are here to do! We are looking forward to connecting the EVE to a host of web services (and ones we haven’t even released yet). Another key feature is the suite of wireless technologies that we want to prototype with all on one board. At the timing of this writing the EVE Alpha Kickstarter campaign is close to being funded, so there are high chances that Ciseco will deliver the Swiss Army knife of wireless development platforms!

[via Kickstarter]

Can Things Tell a Story?

If you look around your house or office, you will see a bunch of things. Things are just sitting there. Things like your coffee maker, toaster, florescent lights, copy machine, alarm clock…

Have you ever noticed that you keep a schedule on Google Calendar, but every night you set your alarm clock? What if the alarm clock was connected to Google Calendar, would that thing be more useful? You always seem to be replace the toner in the copy machine, right in the middle of when you trying to copy your presentation. Thanks for the warning thing! Is someone in your room when I am not there? Maybe your lights could tell you.

We built ThingSpeak from the ground up to give things a voice. If we listen maybe they will tell a meaningful story. ThingSpeak can connect things, log data, track things, and make things social.

Applications are being built by developers from around the world and interesting and unexpected things are about to happen.

Things are Heating Up

No, it’s not summer in North America yet but many people are counting down the days till the weather turns warm, especially with the east coast having just endured a snowy drubbing from Mother Nature!

I’ve been following the concept of an “Internet of Things” for a few years now and it’s definitely something else that’s heating up! Whether as citizens as sensors or being able to ‘Google your keys‘ bridging the technology most of us take for granted now, the Internet, into the physical realm holds tremendous promise.

However, we know there’s more to it then running an Ethernet cable to your car, or plugging in your teddy bear. The networks we take for granted now, despite their vast capabilities, weren’t designed for this new wave of connectivity. This is especially apparent with the coming exhaustion of IPv4 (an estimated 5 days remaining at the time of this writing)!

Considering all the new protocols, tools, and interfaces that need to be created, I find it fascinating to watch how people are integrating technology into their every-day lives, and it’s surprising how many cool ways these are put to use. As we increasingly rely on connected devices, or come up with new ways to integrate existing systems, will we truly have control or do we risk being locked into the betamax of our generation?

Guys like Bruce Sterling are famous for tracking the future and guys like Linux Torvalds are famous for creating it, or at least the tools people use to build it. What do you see on the horizon, and what will you invent to make it so?

We’re excited to have you here at ThingSpeak to help us make this reality our own.