Send Messages From Devices to Slack Using ThingSpeak [tutorial]

Slack is a team collaboration tool to make your work life simpler. It is an extremely popular way to receive messages from team members all in one place and integrate with external web services. One possible integration is with ThingSpeak. ThingSpeak is an open data platform for the Internet of Things. Devices all around the world are using ThingSpeak to collect data from sensors and send data to apps and other devices. In the not too distant future, things will be a part of your team. Relevant equipment statues, sensor readings, and updates will inform decisions and will be shared among team members and other Slack services.

Arduino Slack ThingSpeak

By following our tutorial, you will be able to use ThingSpeak to send messages to your team’s Slack channel. This will also allow devices like an Arduino to use Slack since ThingSpeak will take care of authentication and HTTPS.

ThingSpeak Introduces New Internet of Things App – TimeControl

A ThingSpeak App is a service offered by ThingSpeak that runs in the cloud to help you build connected projects and release connected products for the Internet of Things. We are happy to announce today that we are releasing a new app and we are excited to see what you do with it!

Introducing TimeControl…

TimeControl is a web service hosted by ThingSpeak that executes any type of HTTP service call or sends Tweets at predetermined times or schedules. We now offer one-time commands and weekly recurring schedules for commands. TimeControl executes a ThingHTTP or ThingTweet command, and ThingHTTP can interface with any external Web Service API by doing SSL, Basic Auth, custom HTTP headers, GETs, POSTs, PUTs, and DELETEs. ThingHTTP simplifies connecting low-power, low-resource microcontrollers to complex web service APIs such as Twilio, Xively, and Amazon. When you combine TimeControl + ThingHTTP, you get scheduled triggers to any web service you can imagine and scheduled control of an embedded IoT device.

TimeControl Examples Apps

Example TimeControl Projects

  • Turn on your lights every day at 4pm
  • Set a feeder schedule on your aquarium
  • Schedule full control of ioBridge and RealTime.io devices
  • Send a Tweet of your Channel’s last value every morning

ThingSpeak IoT Apps

  • ThingTweet – Link your Twitter account to ThingSpeak and send Twitter messages using our simple API
  • ThingHTTP – Create custom POSTs or GETs to other web services and retrieve the data
  • TweetControl – Listen to commands from Twitter and then perform an action
  • React – Perform actions when conditions are met by your data in your channels
  • TalkBack – Allow devices to execute queued commands
  • TimeControl – Automatically execute ThingHTTP requests at predetermined times and schedules 

TimeControl Resources

A Twitter Powered Gumball Machine Built on ThingSpeak + Arduino

Kevin, from the brilliant minds at Philter Communications, created a gumball machine known as the Tweet-a-Tweat. This clever device encourages social media interaction. People who visit your office need to send a Tweet to @tweetatweat to get a tasty gumball. The idea is to stimulate your brand by offering a real-world interaction. The combination of social media+internet of things forms a powerful link and the “web of things” vision emerges. We love working with our partners to enable strong(er) relationships with customers, coworkers, and visitors; and ultimately seeing new ideas take shape.

The technology behind Tweet-a-Tweat is Arduino + ThingSpeak — this is another powerful combination. The Gumball Machine is from Beaver Vending and has an Arduino inside listening to the TweetControl App from ThingSpeak. TweetControl listens to the Twitter stream for keywords that trigger HTTP requests in real-time. The heavy lifting happens in the cloud so that the embedded Arduino only has to focus on moving servos and being ready for web requests.

For more information, visit Tweet-a-Tweat and check out the live video feed of Philter’s Twitter powered gumball machine being operated live.

[via Tweet-a-Tweat]

Interfacing with Cloud Services using Flyport + ThingSpeak

The team behind openPICUS has created an Application Note to help you jump-start your “Internet of Things” project by adding wireless technology with the Flyport and cloud services with ThingSpeak. Both of these projects are open source, changeable, and ready for all kinds of applications. This combination allows you build “new” things that tap into cloud services via ThingSpeak apps such as Channels for data logging, Charts for seeing data, ThingTweet for making things tweet, React to send alerts, and ThingHTTP to access web data such as weather reports.

openPICUS Flyport and ThingSpeak System Overview

Download the free Application Note, “Interfacing Flyport to ThingSpeak”, and the Source Code to get your Flyport connected to web services via ThingSpeak.

TweetControl App Documentation Updated

We have update the documentation for the TweetControl app:

http://community.thingspeak.com/documentation/apps/tweetcontrol/

TweetControl allows you to monitor Twitter for trigger words to send ThingHTTP requests. The CheerLights project by ioBridge Labs uses TweetControl to update its ThingSpeak Channel so other lights around the world stay in sync with each other.

TweetControl App by ThingSpeak

Why use TweetControl? Our app connects to the Twitter Streaming API. What this means to you is that you don’t have to keep polling Twitter for status updates. You can sit back and let TweetControl listen and then process the request when a trigger word gets fired. This happens in real-time and it’s quite remarkable to see in action.

TweetControl is a part of our collection of apps for social things.

TweetControl: Control Anything with Twitter

We are ready to release a new app for the ThingSpeak Platform! The new app is called TweetControl – this app listens to Twitter for hashtags (#awesome)  and allows you to control anything that you can imagine. TweetControl is a mash up of  “The Internet of Things” and social networking. Now that Twitter has a Streaming API, we were able to build a scalable service to control anything in real-time via a social network.

Imagine an “Easy Button” for Twitter. All you have to is Tweet a hashtag from your Twitter account to control anything that has a web service API.

TweetControl Sample Tweet

The applications for TweetControl are endless, and we are excited to see what you come up with. Check out the documentation for TweetControl to help you get started.