Forgetting Something on Your To Do List? Use MATLAB to Analyze Your Tasks.

Allie Fauer, a designer from New York, has released another awesome Instructable tutorial on how to build a “To Do List Reminder Light”. This project is very creative and easy to build on your own. Allie tracks her tasks on an app called Todoist. With a little help of the MATLAB Analysis app on ThingSpeak, Allie is able to analyze her tasks and alert herself of anything overdue. She gently reminds herself with a glowing “Remembrall” globe.

To Do List Reminder Light

Allie uses the MATLAB Analysis app on ThingSpeak to check her to do list and see if anything is overdue. If a task is overdue, the MATLAB code writes the task overdue into a ThingSpeak channel. The MATLAB code is very straightforward and does a bit of analysis on her task list to see what is overdue. To get the MATLAB Analysis code to keep checking her task last, she schedules the MATLAB code using the TimeControl app on ThingSpeak.

Allie also has other ideas on how to make use of her status light:

  • Alert you when you’ve forgotten to water your plants
  • Tell you when you’re out or range of important objects like your keys or wallet
  • Combine with IFTTT to alert you when you’ve forgotten to respond to emails or phone notifications

To build your own Remembrall light, follow the step-by-step tutorial on Instructables.

IoT Quick Start With the Arduino MKR1000 and ThingSpeak

If you are looking to start with the Internet of Things, then try out the Arduino MKR1000 and connect it to the ThingSpeak IoT Platform. We have put together a complete tutorial that uses the MKR1000 to collect data about your Wi-Fi signal and send it to ThingSpeak for storage, analysis, and visualization.

Arduino MKR1000

The Arduino MKR1000 is a great starting point when learning about the “things” in IoT. The MKR1000 has a microcontroller, Wi-Fi module, encryption module, and a battery-charging circuit. It’s easy to get started and once you get it connected to ThingSpeak, you have a lot of “cloud power”. ThingSpeak has a suite of apps to allow the Arduino to post messages to Twitter, do data analysis, show charts and visualizations, and be controlled by schedules and external events. With these building blocks you can prototype any IoT system.

ThingSpeak Channel Data

Once you have your data on ThingSpeak, you can analyze and visualize the data with built-in MATLAB apps.

[via ThingSpeak Tutorials]

ThingSpeak is a New Hackster Platform for Sharing Projects

Hackster.io announced that ThingSpeak is now a platform on their project sharing website!

Hackster Platforms

The ThingSpeak platform joins the likes of Amazon Echo, ESP8266 Wi-Fi, and Particle.io platform. ThingSpeak users can easily document, share, and reproduce hardware and Internet of Things projects using Hackster.io. We are already off to a great start with 13 documented projects and tutorials and 31 community members. Check out our platform on Hackster.io to discover great projects and build your own IoT projects.

Getting Started with IoT using the Particle Electron and ThingSpeak

Julien Vanier over at Hackster.io created a new tutorial showing you how to get started with the Internet of Things using the new Particle Electron and ThingSpeak.

Particle Electron Kit using ThingSpeak IoT

The Electron is a new 3G connected IoT device using cellular data and works anywhere you can get 3G in the United States. It is really awesome to plug-in a device and get it connected without the issues of Wi-Fi. This development kit also makes it possible to build battery-powered, mobile sensors. Good thing that ThingSpeak supports GPS data and offers sensor data analytics.

Check out Julien’s tutorial to go “From 0 to IoT in 15 Minutes” and other ThingSpeak projects on Hackster.io.

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.

Sending Tweets Automatically Every Morning With TimeControl

TimeControl can be used to send Tweets automatically at predetermined times.  In this tutorial, we’ll be sending a Tweet every weekday with the current time and the current CheerLights color.

The first step is to link a Twitter account to ThingSpeak.

Next, we’ll create a new TimeControl with the following values:

  • Name: “CheerLights to Twitter”
  • Frequency: “Recurring”
  • Days: “Mon”, “Tue”, “Wed”, “Thu”, “Fri”
  • Time: “9:40 am”
  • Fuzzy Time: “+/- 10 minutes”
  • Action: “ThingTweet”
  • Tweet: “It is currently %%datetime%% and CheerLights is %%channel_1417_field_1%%.”
  • Twitter Account: (select your linked Twitter account)

Save this TimeControl and you’re finished.  Every weekday within 10 minutes of 9:40 am in your timezone, TimeControl will send a Tweet with the current datetime and the current CheerLights color.

The CheerLights Channel ID is 1417, and colors are saved in field 1, so %%channel_1417_field_1%% will be replaced with the current CheerLights color.  You can change these values to access the most recent data from your own Channels.

Here’s an example Tweet from this tutorial.

[Official Tutorial] Connecting Electric Imp to ThingSpeak IoT Data Services

Build Open Data Applications with Electric Imp and ThingSpeak!

Electric Imp is a connectivity platform for connecting Wi-Fi devices to cloud services, much like RealTime.io and Iota Wi-Fi modules and Spark.io. Some Electric Imp module’s come in an SD card form factor and adds Wi-Fi connectivity to what’s connected to the Electric Imp module. Access to the Electric Module happens via the Electric Imp cloud. While connectivity is simplified with the Electric Imp system, you will need a data service like ThingSpeak to complete the Internet of Things experience. Once data from Electric Imp devices are in ThingSpeak, you can easily build applications and interactivity with other devices and platforms.

Electric Imp to ThingSpeak Internet of Things

We put together a quick start tutorial for the Electric Imp and ThingSpeak, so you can quickly and easily get the Electric Imp talking to ThingSpeak. The tutorial uses parts from SparkFun – the Electric Imp Wi-Fi SD module, breakout board, and USB cable / power supply.

Get started now…  Check out the official Electric Imp and ThingSpeak Tutorial and source code on GitHub.

Réaliser une courbe, un graphique avec ThingSpeak tutorial [French]

[fredblabla] created a video tutorial on how to make a chart with ThingSpeak. This tutorial is in French and clearly explains how to setup a channel, post data to a channel, customize the charts, and add plugins to your ThingSpeak Channel page.

Merci beaucoup.

[via YouTube]

Send Tweets using Arduino Ethernet [Updated Tutorial]

We have updated our ThingTweet Tutorial to cover the Arduino Ethernet and the new Arduino IDE (v1 and above). ThingTweet is a ThingSpeak App that allows you to send Twitter status updates via your Arduino microcontroller with an Ethernet shield or with Ethernet integrated onto one board. Our Arduino examples for ThingSpeak and ThingSpeak Apps have been moved to GitHub, so that you can easily download, modify, and contribute updates.

Getting Started with ThingSpeak – Video Tutorials

“You might have recently heard about ‘Internet of Things’. You may even be wondering what things are…”

We are starting a video tutorial series, so you can see how to get started with ThingSpeak right away. The first two videos are available now along with our 20 other tutorials for ThingSpeak. Check out the Tutorials section of the ThingSpeak Community website.

Introduction to the “Internet of Things” and ThingSpeak

ThingSpeak Channels