IoT4EE -- Opening up the IoT for Everyone and Everything

March 12, 2015

Max The Magnificent-March 12, 2015

Every now and then, I am lucky enough to run across a real game changer that puts a spring in my step, a twinkle in my eye, and makes my creative juices start to flow. Such an occurrence just came my way. This new technology will make it possible for just about anyone to quickly and easily create, develop, and deploy "things" for use with the Internet of Things (IoT). O frabjous day!

Note: The awesomely cunning technology discussed in this article will be demonstrated at the forthcoming ESC Silicon Valley and ESC Minneapolis events, which are to be held in July and November, respectively.

Now, before we plunge headfirst into the fray with gusto and abandon, let me take a step back and set the scene. One of my ongoing hobby projects involves a mega-cool antique television cabinet that I've had refinished by a chum we'll call Philip (because that's his name) who specializes in this sort of thing.

I currently have a little "Kilroy Was Here" cardboard figure with flashing LED eyes in the TV as a placeholder. In the fullness of time, however, when I've finished all of my ongoing projects (see So Many Projects; So Little Time), I have big plans for this little beauty.

The idea is to build a diorama depicting a caveman scene. We will be looking through the TV's screen from the viewpoint of the back of a cave. In the middle of the cave will be a group of cave people huddled around a fire. I'm toying with the idea of including a model of myself hanging out with them (my character will be easy to spot -- tall, dark-haired, outrageously handsome, Hawaiian shirt), with an H.G. Wells-type time machine in the corner of the cave.

Toward the back of the diorama we will see the entrance to the cave. This will actually be located a couple of inches from the back of the TV cabinet itself. I'll be using a flat-screen LCD computer monitor to form the back of the cabinet. This will be displaying a scene showing computer-generated snow-capped mountains in the background and pterodactyls flying around in the sky (artistic license is a wonderful thing).

Of particular interest is the fact that I want to be able to link the scene being displayed to the Internet. If its daylight in the real world, then I want it to be daylight in the diorama; if it's nighttime for me, I want it to be nighttime for them (although they will have a bigger moon -- maybe two or more moons -- and lots of shooting stars). And if it's stormy and raining outside my house... well, you wouldn't believe the lightening you're going to see in my diorama.

The only thing holding me back from realizing this masterpiece is the fact that that I haven't had a clue how to actually make this happen... until now.

All of which brings us to the clever guys and gals at RF Digital. These little scamps have come up with something so mind-bogglingly clever that I'm currently bouncing off the walls with excitement.

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