Today, we want to share five steps that you should follow to rapid prototype your next thing connected to the Internet. Every time we start a project, we like to think about several things following the schema of the IoTFriday: the goal of the project, requirements, connectivity, data and interaction.
The following picture is the whiteboard in which Marc explains the five steps to follow before rapid prototyping any Internet of Thing.
5 steps to rapid prototype your next things
We hope this is helpful to you and we will see you at next week’s #IoTFriday. Don’t forget to use thethings.iO to rapid prototype and store data on our cloud in your next project!
We are very excited to announce that thethings.iO has been selected as winners of the Wayra Weekend at Barcelona last week on the 23 of June.
After our efforts to be accelerated at Wayra Munich in the past year, we were selected among more than 600 startups to be accelerated at Wayra Barcelona for the next 6 months.
Following some month of intensive development and meetings, we are ready to take the first accelerated step down our road ahead of us. Our mission is to help Internet of Tings companies and users to improve their Internet of Things experience, and we plan to make that happen with Wayra and Telefonica.
Since the end of July, we moved into the Telefonica Tower located in Barcelona to work out of the Wayra headquarters. Lets introduce the team from left to right: Jose Manuel is our CTO Maverick, Martí our Data scientist, Marc is our CEO and IoT Advocate, Adrià is our SysOps Robot and Andrés is our Maker in Residence.
Also checkout our startup for a quick synopsis of what we do here at thethings.iO
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On Saturday, we showed how to connect objects to the Internet using Arduinos and Ethernet Shielts. With the Arduino we were pushing real-time air quality data (with a hacked Air Quality Egg: temperature, humidity, NO2, CO) to Cosm and poll real-time data and embedded that data using D3.js in a map.
Actuators ready to hack chairs
On Sunday, we wanted to show everyone how to connect a chair to the Internet. Sadly, the Wifi at the event went down so we were unable to show off our connected chair, but don’t worry we will explain the use and purpose of the connected chair in a later post.
All around though it was a great event to introduce the Internet of Things and what thethings.iO really is.
Jan Chipchase wrote a post where he talked about how some of his Internet-connected devices made him feel guilty when he wasn’t using them anymore. The purpose of this post was triggered by an email from Twine telling him that he wasn’t using his Twine enough.
This type of email is one demonstration of the new source of data generated by the Internet of Things. Most companies are becoming interested in the amount of usage of your device. They want to know where you use your things, when, why, what you are doing when you are using this thing, how many times, and what things you use together.
Canon EOS 500D (Flickr by sindykids)
These companies want to gain an understanding on how we use our devices and therefore will try to market us better from that understanding. For example, imagine that you have a Cannon EOS 500D, a basic camera, but imagine that Cannon could know that you have a normal zoom lent and you have been taking several photos with zoom. With the Internet of Things, this is possible and advertisement will be more focused on what you do and how you do it. Thus, privacy will be more and more complicated with Internet-connected objects around.
At thethings.IO we believe that data made from users is user’s data. Therefore, users have the right to own their own data and give access to this data to third parties which will receive ads and coupons.