Posts

Keep IoT Simple, Stupid!

Innovation brings enthusiasm when you are making a product. Launching a connected device is hard and expensive. 2015 has been amazing at thethings.iO; we worked together with great projects and awesome people. The most valuable thing we discovered is that things must be more simple, from the UX to the most technological part of the projects.

Inspired by the KISS principle (“Keep It Simple, Stupid”), thethings.iO would like to advocate towards the “Keep IoT Simple, Stupid”!

Keep IoT Simple, Stupid!

Keep IoT Simple, Stupid!

The “Keep It Simple, Stupid” principle states that the most basic rule in every design is to make it simple rather than complex. That means that simplicity should be more important in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided. The Internet of Things is a complex scenario and simplicity is much needed, so unnecessary complexity shouldn’t be made.

At thethings.iO we have grasped this concept in the essence of our system. Among the connected product and the mobile application, there are hundreds of things to worry about: electronics, mechanicals, manufacturing, packaging, logistics, data security, cloud storage, mobile applications, interoperability with other things, among dozens more.

Simply put the “Keep IoT Simple, Stupid” principle in your project. We suggest that companies focus on what they do best. Some companies are very good at design, other very good with electronics and others with algorithms. How can they bring a connected device into the market faster? The answer is by looking for partners who can make the process less complex. The best projects we worked on 2015 were projects where the consortium of companies that joined the founder team was fantastic. Don’t waste your time and money reinventing the wheel! It’s 2016!

Everyday it becomes easier and easier to connect things to the Internet. This is the main reason why the number of companies building new connected devices in China, Europe, United States or Latam has been on the rise. So, “Keep IoT Simple, Stupid”!

What is thethings.iO’s main role here?

thethings.iO - the IoT platform

thethings.iO – the IoT platform

Under this concept of keeping things simple, thethings.iO wants to offer a solution to all IoT companies, helping them into the connection, storage, monitoring and data analysis of their cool new devices. Outsourcing cloud service results in a faster implementation and reduced time to market for the new launches on the IoT landscape. Our advice is to consider taking the “simple, stupid” way to connect your product to IoT: it will be a smart choice.

Hardware companies should focus on building things. At the same time, thethings.iO makes the connectivity programation from the prototyping phase until the certification and massive production. thethings.iO offers:

  • IoT Back-End solution to store data that can be accessible in real-time.
  • Customizable front-end user interface with your brand and under your URL.
  • Real-time data analysis with AI and data mining algorithms.
  • Security, Scalability and Data Privacy.
  • Interoperability with the majority of the IoT available.

Yes, it is better when you Keep IoT simple have you not seen it yet?

,

Welcome to children’s IoT world

children IoT world

Imagine sitting in your kitchen trying to find something on your iPad. For some reason you just can’t imagine where you have left whatever you are looking for, all of a sudden your 6-year-old child to your left makes a hand movement and the item starts beeping so you can find it.

To the technologically savvy, making new technology work is as easy as riding a bike but from an outside point of view it is mind-blowing the differences we have seen transpire.

The Internet of Things will change the way children understand, not only the technological world, but also how the whole world will understand. Stop looking for your kid inside that big Supermarket. All you will need is your smartphone and in a second you will know exactly the position of the little guy. The hide and seek game will end as soon as you want.

Tracking children, anywhere, anytime

In the IoT world, most children’s watches have become trackers as well, which makes it the best sold wearables for kids. Hidden within something as simple as a watch, and giving no hints to the unknown eye, the parents are able to feel calm and secure knowing when their kids try and runoff. The hereO GPS watch is equipped with WiFi, a built-in SIM card and built-in USB connector that allows parents to keep track of their children’s location at any time in real-time, just by using the hereO family app. The hereO is able to fit on any kid’s wrist. Designed to support even the heaviest of play (including water games). It notifies parents when the battery is low by sending a message to their smartphone.

hereO

hereO

 

What about if you want to know more about how your kid is doing and not just his location? Are they safe? Then you should consider purchasing a wearable with even more functions! For example, a FiLip. More than a GPS watch, FiLip can make and receive calls rom five different numbers that can be preprogrammed. If the child is ever in distress, he/she simply needs to hold down one button for four seconds and an emergency call is dispatched. FiLip uses a blend of GPS, GSM and WiFi for the location function, so it allows parents to know where their children are even if they are outside. Parents can see their child’s location on a map at any time. You can also choose SafeZones (virtual radius around a location), so when the child has entered or left a SafeZone, a notification is sent to his/her parents.

Otherwise, we find wearables like Trax, which works similar to FiLip but adopting another aspect. Trax is a GPS-Tracker with which you can create as many Safe Zones as you want, allowing you to know exactly where your kid is at any time. Its opportunities go from Augmented Reality to Speed Alerts, going through Geo-fences (Safe Zones), Proximity fence, History view, Scheduling and Multiple Devices & Sharing’ options. All fitted in a small square device.

SAFE Family wearables has designed Paxie, a tracking band for children. It is similar to HereO and FiLip, but looks like a bracelet, it tracks your kid’s movements and location… and more! It also monitors in real time the ambient temperature, daily activity, heart rate, etc. All with a cool and interchangeable design to fit to any kid’s style.

Paxie by SAFE Family

Paxie by SAFE Family

Healthy children

Safety is as important as health is. That’s why the IoT devices have delved into this world as well. Kinsa Smart Thermometer, is a new concept of thermometer that sends data to your smartphone. It is very easy to use (kids can also use it by themselves). You just need to put the Kinsa in your mouth and your smartphone will do the rest. Which symptoms do you have? Kinsa helps you to discover what is happening to you in real-time. This can be useful to track your illness progression and then, to keep a record for you and your doctor.

Kinsa Smart Thermometer

Kinsa Smart Thermometer

On the other hand, Fever Smart is a disposable patch that monitors body temperature and transmits data in real-time to your smartphone. You are able to receive alerts when the patient’s temperature begins to rise or actually reaches unsafe levels. It is normally used by parents to control their kids temperature, but it has other uses. It can be used to take care of patients in a post-operative situation, or to track an Ebola outbreak!

The Role of thethings.iO

At thethings.iO, we connect devices or wearables such as the ones we have mentioned in this post to the Internet. We are a Cloud solution for companies that decide to build new cool things that can be connected to improve our lives. If you want to know more about us, you can create an account by clicking here, sign up to receive our monthly newsletter or follow us on Twitter! Stay tuned and be the first in knowing the latest news of the IoT world and thethings.iO.

,

Living in a Woman’s IoT World

Living in a Woman’s IoT World

As a song says, this is a man’s world, but it wouldn’t be nothing without women. Well, the world is changing and is becoming a woman’s world as well. It is changing in the social and technological field, therefore it is not strange to see the new IoT wearables designed specially for women.

Jewelry Meets Internet of Things

The Apple Watch broke borders recently, as Fitbit did some months ago. Now, it is the turn of more esthetic devices and the jewelry business has seen a huge opportunity to use the IoT technology to sell a unique product. It is not just about the beauty. It is about the functionality and new possibilities to do “something else.”

If some years ago we could not see jewelry as more than an accessory, nowadays they are able to do whatever. From notifying you of a call on your smartphone using a vibration, to advising the police of emergencies.

Lots of new functionalities may seem like fiction, but they are actually real. The past Fashions Weeks, specifically the one located in New York, showed the whole world some new wearables for women, most of them appearing as a bracelet style. The main idea of the companies is to create a kind of technology that could not be noticed by others. And they have achieved it!

Internet of Things Turns into Fashion

Ringly is, apparently, a normal ring, but what it has inside makes it a unique piece of technology. It houses an accelerometer, Bluetooth LE, tiny LEDs and a motor inside its precious gem. This ring is connected to a smartphone that alerts wearers about incoming texts or calls via vibration and flashing lights. Looking at its sophisticated and accurate design, you would never believe it is an IoT device.

Ringly - wearables for women

Ringly – wearables for women

The noise has been created in the bracelet design area. Lots of companies (mature ones and new), have proposed designs for new possibilities of IoT bracelets. MEMI’s idea uses wireless technology to communicate with the wearer’s iPhone. It can vibrate for important calls (you can also select callers), text messages and calendar alerts. Easily usable, MEMI fits all its technology (LEDs, sensors, etc) into a fashion bracelet that will not remain indifferent to anyone.

Memi - wearables for women

Memi – wearables for women

Otherwise, MICA’s proposal was to see what happens when beauty meets intelligence. My Intelligent Communication Accessory, better known as MICA, is a bracelet with a touchscreen display, designed by Opening Ceremony and engineered by Intel, which allows you to easily access the notifications from your VIP contacts (messages, calendar alerts…).

Safe IoT-Fashion Devices

A bracelet, ring or necklace that incorporates technology inside should provide more than just a vibration when you are called or texted. Certainly, we want the technology to make us feel safer at anyplace and anytime. Fashion has met safety and IoT at the same time to create wearables that are unstoppable.

By having UVA and UVB sensors, JUNE by Netatmo measures precisely the wearer’s sun exposure. An app computes the data and gives you, in real time, the UV index in order to know when you should apply SPF or the level you should use, for example.

June by Netatmo

June by Netatmo

Speaking of safety, (maybe you were thinking about more dangerous situations than the sunburn ones), Revolar was created from the idea of a magic button in which you press when you are in danger. So, this is exactly how it works. When you find yourself in a dangerous situation, you press the button, which is hidden under your clothes, and an Emergency Alert message with your location information (updated every 3 minutes) is sent to a person on your emergency contact list.

Revolar - wearables for women

Revolar – wearables for women

Similar to Revolar, Cuff is a jewellry collection (not just a little device that can be hidden) that allow women to be connected everytime, everywhere. The way it works is simple: you just press a button when you are in danger and automatically it is sent a notification to somebody else. That one, receives an alert on his/her smartphone to make the process to call the police faster.

Why do we post this? As you should know, thethings.iO is an Internet of Things Start-up. So, imagining and creating a cool device is your job, while ours is to connect it to the Internet. We can connect all those bracelets, rings, necklaces… fast and easy.
If you want to know more about the IoT world and thethings.iO stay tuned!

,

IKEA joins the IoT revolution

IKEA joins the IoT Revolution

IKEA joins the IoT Revolution

Internet of Things is now a reality, and lots of companies have to face it. Companies from many different fields (as we have seen: housing, decor, gardening…) have to improve their offers in order to survive in the new technological era. That’s why the famous Swedish company IKEA has decided to adapt things into the IoT’s world and also create new connected things to make our lives easier.

IKEA’s idea is to make a more sustainable life at home, so that is the reason why in the next decade the brand is going to create and develop new connected things, such as the whole kitchen. In a collaboration with IDEO, a global design company, and design students from Lund University (Sweden) and Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherland), IKEA has created the named Concept Kitchen, which was shown at the Milan Design Week.

Read more

How IoT will change our gardens

How IoT will change our gardens

How IoT will change our gardens

In this blog, we have had a quick look at different ways that Internet of Things is going to change our lives soon, like houses, cities, workplaces and even animals! As you see, Internet of Things is going to change absolutely everything, and your garden could not be less. In this post, we are going to know new connected garden equipment that will help you improve it.

It is commonly said that most people do not have many time to take care of their garden. Then, you need to ask yourself if you prefer to have a poor garden, or better hire a gardener who will care of it for you.

Firstly, you need to know that, as well as there are thermostats that can help you control your house temperature or humidity, there is also the garden version. Edyn Garden Sensor is an IoT device that tracks environmental conditions, such as light, humidity, temperature… and then recommends you which plants will thrive or the optimal time for planting, among others. You can see all the information just by using its app. Isn’t it easy?

Edyn Garden Sensor

Edyn Garden Sensor

Other IoT devices can also help you save lot of water, for example RainMachine, which is synchronized with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and other international weather data sources, that sends information to the app about temperature, humidity, wind speed, solar radiation, amount of precipitation… This device also calculates daily evapotranspiration losses and, at the same time, auto-adjusts the watering duration depending on the needs of the plant. The main purpose of RainMachine is protect and nourish your garden to perfection.

Koubachi offers a new point of view in tracking and controlling your plants. It offers a plant sensor (there are the indoor and outdoor options) and measures vital plant parameters, like light level (sunlight or artificial), soil temperature, humidity… With it, your own plant will tell you when you should to water it or if you need to change its position. In your app you will have an inventory of your plants.

Koubachi Plant Sensor

Koubachi Plant Sensor

For all those that have tried to have a little vegetables’ garden at home, Click & Grow is the option they were looking for. Their first internet-connected device was Smartpot, a connected pot that allows you to watch how your plants grow. As they describe themselves, the process is simple: “plug it in, add a little water and let it take care everything else”. By using an innovative NASA-inspired technology, they make plants grow faster, but still 100% naturally, without pesticides, insecticides… Can you believe it?

Even the brand Parrot has been interested in the connected devices, specially with a garden product, so similar to Koubachi. It is called Flower Power, and measures the needs of your plants and sends it to your phone. Available indoor and outdoor, it controls fertility, humidity, temperature and light. When it detects a need, it advises you automatically, so you will know in real time when to water your plants, add fertilizer…

Even if you are a garden-lover or a garden-forgetful person, IoT is going to change the way you look at your garden for sure! Now, any excuse is going to be accepted.
thethings.iO connects all those devices to the Internet, as most of you know. Actually, some months ago we connected a Koubachi Plant Sensor here at thethings.iO’s office! If you want to know more about IoT world and thethings.iO stay tunned!

Discover how we can help you to connect wearables and devices to the Internet.

Try for free now

How IoT will change our animals

How IoT will change our animals

How IoT will change our animals

Could you ever imagine that Internet of Things is going to change our animals? Yes, this is possible, just keep reading and you will discover it!

Pets

Basically, the most common IoT devices for dogs or cats are the animal tracking-kind. Many companies have created a similar FitBit bracelet, but for dogs’ neck. It is commonly said that the dog is the best friend of the human, so why not start understanding it?

Some examples are WÜF or FitBark, which monitors the dog’s everyday activity and allows you to track its progress. By using FitBark, the dog’s master can understand its health, changes in behaviour, share experiences with friends and family, automatically share data to its vet, etc. It fits in all kind of dogs.

Read more

How IoT will change Sport

How IoT will change Sport

How IoT will change Sport

First, it was the Health app from Apple or Nike+, Nike + Running, Runtastic mobile apps…, and now lots of wearables and other devices are connected to the internet to measure, not only your steps, even more and more. From bracelets to t-shirts that control your movements. The inimaginable, has become real to change our lives. Do you want to know more? Keep reading, we are going to show you the latest news in the Internet of Sport Things field.

Fitness

To practise Fitness is in style. Everyone knows what fitness it, and most people around the world have added it to their lifestyles. The Internet of Things fitness devices’ main role is to help athletics practise it in a better way.

If we think about running, the first device that comes to our minds is FitBit. What is it? It is a brand of connected bracelets that allow the customers to track their day-to-day. Your daily steps, the distance you have walked, the calories you’ve burned… everything is tracked with one FitBit device. To monitor your sleep at night, to wake you up with a quiet vibration, act as a clock or ask at phone calls (yes, you can connect it to your smartphone) are some of other capabilities Fitbit offers to customers. But there’s even more! All the data generated can help you see your own personal progress and keep the control. There are other sport brands that offer a similar product as FitBit, for example, Nike, with its device called FuelBand.

Read more

How the Internet of Things will change our houses

How IoT will change our houses

How IoT will change our houses

“Home, sweInternet-of-Things home”. Yes, IoT will be in your house too. Imagine yourself arriving from work. You lock your car just by touching your smartphone. Automatically, you can also open your house’ front door. You are in, and then, looking at your own smartphone, you can know exactly the temperature, humidity… there is in the house. And what about turning your lights on with just one click? Let’s talk about some of those opportunities that new homes will bring us…

Saving energy

As we have said and repeated lots of times, most IoT help us saving energy. Using a new system of connected, for example, lights, you can customize and adapt them depending on your needs at any time. Check Ledmotive, one of thethings.iO customer, and you will realise what we are talking about.

Read more