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Are You Really Finished?

If fin means the end, what does finish mean?

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Be Awesome Today

Becky got me this great sign that says, “Be Awesome Today”. The sign hangs in my office and I look at it everyday, but today I noticed something about it. The sign does not only say that we need to be awesome, but it says to do it today. Don’t put off being awesome for a later time, do it today. All that we control is now.

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Internet of Things Pittsburgh Kicks Off on the Global Internet of Things Day April 9th

I have started a new Meetup — Internet of Things Pittsburgh (#iotpgh) — this meetup is open to all steel city innovators looks to explore the emerging  Internet of Things. Join me as your host on the first meetup on April 9th at 6pm at the TechShop Pittsburgh.

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In each meetup we will feature the following:

  • Current state of IoT
  • Privacy and policy Technology trends
  • Business cases
  • Open discussion
  • IoT project demos
  • Industry presentations

Follow us on Twitter using the hashtag: #iotpgh and join us on Meetup.com.

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CheerLights is Back for the Holidays #iot - Let’s go Red

For the third holiday season in a row, the CheerLights project is gearing up. The idea behind CheerLights is to show that we are all connected by synchronizing the color of lights around the world. Christmas lights are a staple around the holidays and with Internet-connected lights, the color of your lights matches the color of everyone else’s lights.

It has been a real treat watching this project evolve as more and more people add lights… and other things. Things like Android and iPhone apps that check the latest color of CheerLights, an old Commodore 64, and Christmas trees.

To control the lights around the world, send a Tweet mentioning @CheerLights and a color. The command is processed by ioBridge’s ThingSpeak platform and distributed to all of the lights listening to the CheerLights API.

@CheerLights I am dreaming of a White Christmas

Another powerful aspect of the CheerLights project is that is shows off what is possible with the emerging Internet of Things. With a single message sent via a social network like Twitter, 1000’s of objects around the world are in sync with each other. Lights are connected by many types of controllers, such as Arduino, ioBridge, Philips, and the Raspberry Pi. This project is only possible through the Internet and the coordination of developers around the world.

Learn how to join the project at CheerLights.com.

We are all connected…

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Ziggy Comic - Is It My Tweeting Toaster? #mytoaster #iot

On September 17th, I got a bunch of Facebook messages that said my Tweeting Toaster was now a Ziggy comic. :)

My Tweeting Toaster is a step in the self-aware direction for appliances. This Ziggy cartoon made me smile, but it also made me realize the inevitability of social objects and the Internet of Things and then Skynet. Hmm, and Ziggy was the name of the computer in Quantum Leap…

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Internet of Things Speaking Tour

As it worked out this summer, I have been asked to speak at a number of events around the United States about my connected projects, ioBridge, and the Internet of Things. Many of the events are over a 2 month period so it is a bit like being on tour, but on this tour we are talking the Internet of Things. I will be sure to tear up my hotel rooms and have unrealistic demands. Diva!

May 16 - Online Tweet Chat about Big Data

Join Hans Scharler (@scharler) of ioBridge at 2pm EST for a Tweet Chat about Big Data, M2M, and Internet of Things Platforms. This will be a live chat via Twitter - use the hashtag #DataCW to follow the conversation and to post questions. Ask Us Anything!

May 17 - Internet of Things and OEMs (Canton, OH / Private Event)

Hans Scharler (@scharler) of ioBridge discusses the intersection of Internet of Things (IoT) technology with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Learn how to incorporate IoT strategies into your business plan and roadmap, increase customer engagement, and maintain your competitive advantages.

May 21 - EntreTech Forum: The Internet of Things - A new Frontier for Entrepreneurs (Waltham, MA)

Hans Scharler of ioBridge will be joining the EntreTech Forum to discuss Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and the Internet of Things from a startup perspective. I will share my thoughts on business opportunities, commercialization, and things that I have learned since I co-founded ioBridge in 2008. The next EntreTech Forum session will be May 21, 2013 – 6:30pm held at the Emerging Enterprise Center in Waltham, MA. EntreTech Forum is in association with the Northeastern University’s School of Technological Entrepreneurship. More Info

May 23 - Geoweb Summit Internet of Things Panel

Hans Scharler (@scharler) will be returning to the Geoweb Summit’s Internet of Things Panel on May 23, 2013 in Dumbo Spot, New York in New York City. We are excited to return for a second Geoweb Summit. This event is perfect those looking to explore the Internet of Things and looking to connect the digital realm to physical location. Registration for the Geoweb Summit is available at geowebsummit.com. More Info

May 30 - Internet of Things and OEMs - Part 2 (Canton, OH / Private Event)

Hans Scharler (@scharler) of ioBridge returns to discuss the intersection of Internet of Things (IoT) technology with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Learn how to incorporate IoT strategies into your business plan and roadmap, increase customer engagement, and maintain your competitive advantages.

June 7-9 - Connected World M2M App Challenge

Join Hans Scharler (@scharler) of ioBridge for a hackathon held in Silicon Value to build connected apps. Each participant will receive access to the RealTime.io cloud platform and an Iota Wi-Fi evaluation kit. You get a change to win cash, prizes, and fame. The top prize is a feature article in Connected World Magazine and $3,000. Hans will be on hand teaching Internet of Things concepts and everything about the ioBridge platform. More Info

June 10-12 - Connected World Conference (Santa Clara, CA)

Hans Scharler (@scharler) and Robert Mawrey (@mawrey) of ioBridge will running an interactive exhibit at the Connected World Conference in Silicon Valley. Booth #207 will feature the original Twitter Toaster, a social coffee maker, the new ioBridge IO-201, and first look at new ioBridge cloud services and apps. Follow the activity on Twitter using the #CWConf13 hashtag. More Info

June 28-29 - Driving the Internet of Things with Mobile Apps - Appcelerator Titanium Mobile Conference (Baltimore, MD)

ticonf.us is a new mobile development conference primarily based around JavaScript and Appcelerator Titanium.

The “Internet of Things” is a pervasive concept and movement where devices are being connected to the Internet and interaction with devices, social networks, and people are being built. In general things are sensors and actuators which include things such as temperature sensors, energy monitors, radiation detectors, lights, thermostats, and sprinklers.

In the talk “Driving the Internet of Things with Mobile Apps” by Hans Scharler (@scharler), you will discover that mobile apps are leading the development of the Internet of Things. A mobile device becomes the user interface for a device and all of the supporting features. An app is the center of the entire experience and in fact the mobile device is an Internet of Things device. In order to keep up, apps need to be nimble and must support iOS and Android out-of-the-box. Hans will discuss how Titanium is being used by ioBridge to solve the common issues and patterns for the Internet of Things. More Info

Feel free to contact me (Hans Scharler) if you are interested in having Hans participate in your next conference or meeting.