ThingSpeak IoT Blog

Add ThingSpeak Data Widgets to iOS Using Scriptable

Starting with iOS 14, Apple introduced widgets for the iPhone and iPad. Widgets elevate information to the top of your device and offer information at a glance. They help you customize your device in new ways. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a ThingSpeak widget on your iPhone? Thanks to a new app called Scriptable you can put ThingSpeak data widgets on your iOS devices.

Scriptable allows you to write your own widgets using JavaScript and run the scripts on your iOS device. Anil Patro shared a starter template to create a ThingSpeak Graph widget using JavaScript on GitHub. You can use Anil’s code and modify it for your ThingSpeak channel and style.

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ThingSpeak MQTT Update: Access Control and IoT Device Management

ThingSpeak has released an update to the MQTT service that improves access control and device management for IoT projects. This new interface is available to all ThingSpeak users. Learn more in the ThingSpeak Doc.

If you have used ThingSpeak MQTT in the past, I wanted to mention one big change to how you access the service. The new MQTT service is available at the hostname:

If you decide that MQTT is right for your IoT project, you can start by adding a new device to your ThingSpeak account. This will set up the MQTT credentials needed for the device to connect to ThingSpeak. MQTT works well for low-power devices and low-latency applications.

ThingSpeak’s new MQTT support includes:

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Top ThingSpeak IoT Questions from Google

We were searching around for ThingSpeak IoT resources and noticed that Google was sharing the top questions related to ThingSpeak. Christopher Stapels and I thought that it would be fun to answer them and share them as a blog post. So, here we are.

How do you use ThingSpeak?

Some people use ThingSpeak for monitoring machine processes. This allows them to share the data with potential customers and ensure the process is within control. There are over a million ThingSpeak channels representing a vast assortment of projects.  Some projects measure the temperature and humidity in one room, some projects include a global network of air quality monitors. You can send data to ThingSpeak from your devices, create instant visualization of live data, and send alerts.

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Introducing the New ThingSpeak Community Hosted at MathWorks

First, I would like to introduce the new ThingSpeak Community hosted at MathWorks. The community will moderated and curated by Christopher Stapels, product marketing manager for ThingSpeak and IoT engineer extraordinaire.

What is ThingSpeak? ThingSpeak is an IoT analytics platform service that allows you to aggregate, visualize, and analyze live data streams in the cloud. You can send data to ThingSpeak from your devices, create instant visualization of live data, and send alerts. It has MATLAB Analytics tailored for IoT included.

ThingSpeak has a vibrant community of makers and engineers and users all over the world. We are more >>

Staying Connected with CheerLights and ThingSpeak

This time of year is about staying connected, maybe more so this year than with previous years. CheerLights is an IoT project to share some of the connections through synchronized lights. All of the lights connected to the CheerLights feed hosted on ThingSpeak stay in sync. The lights all shine with the same color. Now, the fun part, anyone can change the color using Twitter. Just send a tweet to @CheerLights and mention a color. This will send the color to lights all around the world!

If you are just learning about the Internet of Things, you can use CheerLights as a Hello World project to get started. Once you learn how CheerLights works, you can learn how to build on top of it and create new connected projects.

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