Internet of Things geeks are using to program our future. We're doing this in part because today IBM announced the free open-sourced Mote Runner Software Developer Kit. This super-simple software runs sensor-communications devices like the Crossbow Iris.It's time for a roundup of the latest read/write devices that
Arrayent, Arduino, Pachube, Logiboxx and Nabaztag are also examples of devices that do what Iris can do. From tracking objects, to objects communicating on our behalf, to objects that gather information about their surroundings for us, our awareness and activity-tracking technologies will soon create a Web with over a trillion nodes.
The 2.4ghz Iris is meant to connect the world around us to product and information management tools. As of today, the software development kit that can run the Iris is available for download for free. What's unique about the IBM platform is that it runs on a small footprint. So it takes very little energy, memory and processing power to operate these devices even though they can be linked to more complex energy-intensive languages like Java.
Arrayent offers embedded system designers the tools they need to connect their products to Web apps and Web browsers in only one day. Arrayent has been previously featured here as the company that wants to become the Cisco of the Internet of Things. Companies that make smoke alarms, thermostats and children's toys are currently working with Arrayent. Given the potential of the Internet of Things to revolutionize consumer products, we're picking Arrayent as one to watch.
As we said at the start of 2009 "Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform made up of open-source hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments." An Arduinos is programmed with wiring language, which is based on C++ with a few simplifications. We recently mentioned Arduino's blog as one to keep an eye on.
Last week we covered Pachube's announcement that they were partnering with Current Cost, a producer of real-time energy monitors. Pachube's mission statement is: "To deliver the world's leading open, interoperable platform for the internet of things that is." One of the great things it's done is the dashboard on its landing page, which features a map of all the Pachube-based sensor data sources in the world in real-time. This geo-location-based interpretation of sensor data is our pick for the most ideal standard for an Internet of Things control panel.
Logiboxx offers organizations continuous visibility of all its stuff in real-time. Its box is an RFID card reader that works with GPS enabled RFID tags. Some of its tags monitor delivery vehicles, while other tags can act as non-mechanical seals on shipping containers. Key to the devices and software that Logiboxx offers is the ability to customize specific devices to small and large businesses' existing software and inventory systems. Logiboxx communicates via GPRS and uses Global Asset Tracking Identification System (GATIS) as its Web-based application. This allows operation centers to view all critical data about their stuff in real time, all of the time.
With all these devices and software platforms still in their earliest stages of development it's not clear how we'll be using them in our everyday lives yet. But thanks to Nabaztag, an internet connected rabbit-shaped robot, it's easier to understand. Much like how our phones work, this device allows you to stay in touch with friends. But unlike a phone it can also communicate with you by moving its rabbit ears, or by reading RFID tags. What's even better is that Nabaztag is already a consumer product that you can buy and use even if your skills with computer programming are limited.
What's great about doing roundup posts like these is that it inspires our readers to post comments about other devices that we don't yet know about yet. So if you know of any we left out, please post info about them in the comments below. Check back with this post later in the week to see the comments that have been added.