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Archive for March, 2012

New 3G + GPS shield for Arduino

The new 3G shield for Arduino enables the connectivity to high speed WCDMA and HSPA cellular networks in order to make possible the creation of the next level of worldwide interactivity projects inside the new Internet of Things era. The module counts also with an internal GPS what enables the location of the device outdoors and indoors combining standard NMEA frames with mobile cell ID triangulation using both assisted-mobile (A-GPS) and mobile-based (S-GPS) modes. Other interesting accessories which can be connected to the module are a video camera which enables the record of video in high resolution (640×480), an audio kit including microphone, speaker, hands free and headphones sets and a SD socket to save directly all the data coming from the 3G network or recorded from the video camera.

More info here.

FLYPORT Ethernet Easter Contest

A Flyport Ethernet + 1 Lighting Nest + 1 miniUSB Programmer to the best project idea!

Just a few rules:

1. Add a comment on the thread describing the application you aim to create using Flyport Ethernet and Lighting nest.

2. The winner agrees to share with the entire project with the Community (source code, description, maybe a video or pictures)

3. The contest starts on 27th March 2012 and it ends on 5th of April 2012

4. openPICUS Team reserves the freedom to choose the application that it considers most interesting

Good Luck!

Flyport Ethernet is a miniature web server module featuring a fully integrated 10/100 Base-T ethernet interface and several interfaces to the ëreal worldí. Flyport Ethernet integrates a 16 bit processor which runs custom applications and an Ethernet interface controller with integrated MAC & PHY, hardware cryptographic security and a unique MAC address. An RJ45 connector can be mounted on the module, or routed at external addons boards.

Flyport is powered by openPicus, an open source framework and serial booloader. The free openPicus IDE allows to create applications, to import web pages and to compile and download code to the module.

More info here.

Looking for new ways to track anything – The Ideabird M2M Innovation Contest

An amazing group of companies including Deloitte, Deutsche Telecom, HYVE and The RWTH-TIM Research Group have banded together to hold a contest with prizes worth over $10,000, inviting people to use their imagination and present their wildest and best ideas for tracking anything – people, animals or objects of any size.

The goal is to come up with new state-of-the-art machine-to-machine (M2M) communications solutions. M2M is a field that is of phenomenal importance to people, the environment, safety and industry.

Portable GPS units are already used to locate trucks on highways in real time, and locate people who have been lost at sea or in an avalanche. Location based devices in cell phones can be tracked on mobile networks.

Many other ideas and applications exist in areas such as digital signage, telematics, tracking and tracing of objects and animals large and small.  The challenge is to come up with exciting and innovative new ways to use this existing technology.

The contest is open to anyone and everyone no matter where they live. Contest proposals can be submitted in any of eleven different categories from home & family, animals, outdoor & sports, fun & play, healthcare & well-being, safety & security, production & logistics, to nature & environment and more. Ideas will be judged by the degree of novelty, grade of freakiness, and usability.

The Ideabird contest is accepting submissions until April 10, 2012. Winners will be selected to share cash and non-cash prizes amounting to a total of $10,000.  The top three idea candidates will also be invited and flown to Dusseldorf, Germany to participate in an awards ceremony where they will present and discuss their ideas with a team of top managers from the contest partner organizations and members of the expert team. Winners and a group of top contributorswill also be invited to participate in an exclusive innovation workshop in Aachen, Germany on May 10, 2012.

The ideas are posted online where people can review and comment openly.  Candidates get the opportunity to receive feedback and exposure from people all over the world.

More info here.

Dual RFID-ZigBee sensors to enable NFC applications for the Internet of Things

The new RFID/NFC module for the Waspmote sensor platform completes the active tag technology driven by ZigBee with passive tag identification enabling the creation of complex Location Based Services (LBS) with just one device. The new radio module extends Waspmote features allowing the sensor data to be used in asset tracking, supply chain monitoring, intelligent shopping or access management. Read more.

AirBase air quality sensor unit

AirBase Systems is an Israeli start-up that developed a low cost, easy to use air quality sensors unit (market price around $500). The monitoring unit can be used indoors and outdoors. The system is currently equipped to measure levels of Ozone, NO2, Total VOC, TSP – Total Suspended Particles, Noise, Relative Humidity and Temperatures. Other stressors can be added to the unit, such as Odor, Light, SO2 The highly compact sensors are stored in a “home router” like box that is simply powered-in and hooked to the internet (Wi-Fi or GSM) – just plug & play. Immediately after it is connected, the sensors are operative, sending a pulse of information every 20 second. Any deviation from the allowed (or inputted) exposure standard will generate an immediate alert.

In the spatial application, the sensors are connected via the Internet onto a city-wide or country-wide network. This network continuously gauges air contaminants information. With this deployed network, Airbase will aggregate data, analyze it and deliver alerts through a friendly user interface in a variety of channels and forms, including the internet (open GIS), mobile devices and apps. The operating cost varies according to the size of the network. Airbase’s revolutionary patent pending technology will enable its users to become far more aware of the quality of the air they inhale and will equip its users with the practical tools to protect their health.

AirBase is a solution that offers comprehensive answers to the most crucial mobile challenges offering: precise information; full coverage – outdoors and indoors; personal guidelines and feedbacks; centralization and simple – highly accessible sensors per unit price.

More info here.

Buddhism and The Internet of Things

In a very near future there will be an invisible web linking together human beings, physical objects and their virtual representations in an information network. The size of the Internet of Things will be enormous: Ericsson predicts 50 billion devices connected to the Internet in 2020. But we have already passed the threshold in which there are more devices connected to the Internet than there are humans. As a matter of fact, one Internet message in 20 is sent from machine to machine (rather than by human to human), and with the latest version of the Internet—IPv6—we will have Internet addresses for every atom on the face of the earth.

But long before the Internet of Things became a geek meme, Eastern philosophers also had a vision of an “invisible web” connecting all things. As Buddhist Geeks founder Vincent Horn says, “The universe is the original Internet of Things.”

For Horn, the interesting question about our networked future is whether the Internet of Things allows us to “hack the universe” by designing technologies that enable us to feel true spiritual interconnectivity. According to Buddhist theory, you become free only once your actions are harmonized with how things already work. And you become aware of how things are connected only once you understand their interdependence.

More info here.

M2M Wi-Fi IC from Qualcomm

Qualcomm has launched an 802.11n single-stream Wi-Fi system-in-package for machine-to-machine communications, including within smart homes.

Called AR4100P, it includes an integrated IPv4/IPv6 TCP/IP stack and is based on devices the firm acquired when it took over Atheros.

The IC features in Qualcomm’s SP137 development kit and reference design for low-power sensors which includes Energy Micro’s low-energy Cortex-M3 microcontroller running the Micrium µC/OS-III operating system.

“With a well of additional onboard sensors, the Wi-Fi kit supports deep sleep modes of only 2uA, enabling operation off AA batteries,” said Qualcomm. “It includes expansion for additional sensors and can be ported to other microcontrollers or operating systems. The design flow for is centred on Embedded Workbench from IAR Systems.”

More info here.