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Highlights of What’s New in the Sensorflare platform!

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks here at Sensorflare! Why?

We’re happy to announce that two new devices are now compatible with the Sensorflare. Here are some brief insights on them:

PlantLink

Check on your plants anytime, anywhere.

PlantLink

PlantLink makes you a smarter gardener by telling you when your plants need water. This smart device makes watering simple and efficient. By combining moisture sensors, PlantLink lets you know when your plants need water. Simply place Links in soil indoors or outdoors, and the system will calibrate to the plant’s watering needs using a catalog of over 50,000 plants. Never worry about over or under-watering again.

Particle

Build your connected product.

Particle is for you who love DIY projects! Particle offers a suite of hardware and software tools to help you prototype, scale, and manage your Internet of Things products. If yparticle-docsou are a DIY kind of person you could use the Particle hardware development kits like the Spark Core (Wi-Fi), the Photon (Wi-Fi) and the Electron ( 2G/ 3G cellular) in order to build your first prototype in minutes.

Ready for more news? We have two new DIY projects for you!

Now with Sensorflare and a Spark Core you can:

If you want to learn how you can do these, read our posts on Instructables and start making your home smarter!

Any home can be a smart home with Sensorflare!

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2 New Compatible Devices + DIY smart home projects = Our Summer News

We’re excited to announce that two new devices are now compatible with the Sensorflare platform.

Each of these devices is now available to all users of Sensorflare under Devices & Services. Here are some brief insights on them:

Withings

Be in complete control of your body from anywhere!

withings

Withings offer smart products and apps to take care of yourself and your loved ones in a new and easy way. Discover among them the Withings Pulse, Wi-Fi Body Scale, and Blood Pressure Monitor. Withings are designed for you who wants to lose a few pounds, exercise more, keep an eye on your blood pressure, or sleep better! These smart connected devices will help you easily take care of your health and well-being.

Netatmo

Make sure you return to a warm home!

netatmo

The Netatmo Weather Station contains a unique set of sensors to monitor your living environment’s temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, carbon dioxide concentration, noise pollution, and more. It helps people to understand the environment they live in by creating connected objects that measure what they can’t see.

 

Are you ready for more news?  Do you love DIY projects?

If you do… keep up reading this post!

If not, maybe it time to change your mind on that!

Now with Sensorflare and a Raspberry Pi you can create a smart home controller for your RF devices! You will be able to control your RF devices remotely and control them from with a single click from your web browser or mobile phone. If you want to learn how you can do this, read this post on Instructables and start making your home smarter!

Do you want more DIY projects?  Well… we do not have something for you right now but if you have a Spark Core  lying around stay tuned for the good news 🙂

So what are you waiting for? Have you Withings or Netatmo? Are you a DIY kind of person?

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Sensorflare is participating in Business IT Excellence contest

Business IT Excellence Contest

The Business IT Excellence contest is searching for the best Internet of Things solution for the businesses! In this contest entrepreneurs, developers and users come together to find the most efficient ones. The companies – developer of those solutions will be qualified after a public voting, through social media and via email voting. The voting process will last from 11.05.2015 till 22.06.2015.

The winner will be selected by a jury from the 15 solutions with the most votes. The winner with his solution will become heroes of an advertising campaign worth 30,000€ and also the winning company will become partner of OTE / COSMOTE.

We’re excited to announce that Sensorflare is participating in contest! We invite you to support and vote for Sensorflare!

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Why? Because via Sensorflare you can:

  • Use intelligent lighting, motion sensors, smart thermostats and iBeacons technologies to control your work-life environment.
  • Reduce energy consumption, improve lighting conditions and optimize ambient conditions.

Watch out how Sensorflare can improve your business environment by combining different smarthome technologies!

sources: Business IoT Excellence

Give life to your home lighting

It is known that X10 is the “Grandfather” of home automation but being the first one always creates compatibility issues in an fast changing world. X10 has a large base of different gadgets to control nearly anything. Today there are so many X10 users that would love to see their smart homes updated but are afraid to touch their working systems. They would love to control and manage their X10 smart devices with the newer smart home gadgets and smartphones.

If you are one of many that jumped into home automation game early with X10 devices and love open source projects and tools you probably know and use Mochad (if not maybe its the time to do so!). Mochad is an application that allows you to control your X10 smart devices over the Web.

So you have your home server setup and use Mochad for the past years with no problems to switch lights, plugs and devices on and off from a linux terminal.

But what about real automation? How do you set the garden lights off on daybreak? Linux has some great tools but you either have to code them or find something similar created by someone else and adapt it. And what about controlling everything from your smartphone?

There is no reason to start from scratch! Sensorflare comes to save the day with its new “mochad-python” daemon that runs in the background and brings your old X10 devices back to life. Even if you are afraid of touching your Mochad server you do not need to. Just install “mochad-python” to the same machine and leave Sensorflare do the rest.

So…

What you have?

You probably already have a server running with Mochad and a CM15A or CM19 attached to it via usb.

What you need to do?

  • Just grab a copy of the script via github and add it to your server.
  • Log in to Sensorflare and visit the resources page. Click the “+ Add” button and set a password to secure the communication with Sensorflare.
  • Copy the “properties.py.template” file to properties.py and change its contents to match the ones that you setup in the previous step.
  • Finall run “python mochad_python.py” and visit the Remote Mochad Terminal and enjoy your new home!

What is more?

Save all your devices using the “+” button, add them to Dashboards, schedule their operation or add Intelligence based on your location and combine them with other devices like Smartthings or Insteon.

Interested in understanding how this works? Check out the following image and see what actually happens every time you click “On” on your Smartphone to turn your “X10 Supersocket” on and give power to your awesome smart-fan!

Click on the picture to enlarge.

How to control your X10 SuperSocket using Sensorflare

More detailed instructions are available here. Learn how to install mochad from scratch? Interested in adding this to a Raspberry Pi? Use it on Windows? Stay tuned for more updates…

If you have any questions about how to connect your X10 Mochad to Sensorflare, just leave us a note in the comments section, or contact our team.

Juggling with the Internet of Things

People let’s be honest, it’s no secret! On planet Earth there is a global trend that is known as Internet of Things,or IoT, or Internet of Everything, or Machine-to-Machine… By any name, there is one conclusion – the Internet of Things is the most increasingly burgeoning topic. There are so many articles and conversations that explain not only what exactly is the “Internet of Things”, but also the complexities, the pros and cons, the effect in our lives. Living in this new era of connectivity, smart devices like thermostats, plugs, lighting systems, sensors, activity trackers can speak to each other sending and receiving data. This is actually the idea of global interconnection growing up day by day. The analyst firm Gartner says that in 2020, there will be up to 30 billion devices connected with unique IP addresses, most of which will be products. It is truly remarkable! This means that many smart devices will be used by one user. But there is one question about this: “How can this user manage all those different smart devices?”

Users need to juggle all their Internet of Things devices. Is it always so fun?

Juggling with Internet of Things devices

Photo Credit Pedro Moura Pinheiro (Flickr)

Let’s say that you are living in a smart home. All your smart appliances are full of promise: lights that turn on when the sun sets or your door opens, coffee makers that turn on when you wake up, thermostats turning on when you approach and save money, garage doors that open when you come home after work. The issue is that suddenly the convenience and simplicity of the smart home becomes burdensome and stressful. It is the rule, the more devices you bring home the more different apps you need to control wasting your precious time. What you need?

 

 

 

The answer is simple! You need Sensorflare.

Our cloud platform adds genuine intelligence to all smart devices – regardless the brand –  harnessing them to understand the user’s habits and needs to ultimately enhance everyday life without the hassle of complex configuration. Speaking many language such as Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Insteon, and more we are ready to offer you the only experience improving your everyday life. Sensorflare will observe, understand and suggest intelligent targeted app to the user bypassing any complex configuration reaching on a more human level. Changing the way that people connect with their smart devices we add value to people’s life. Our mission has just begun.

Connected Dump Objects

In a recent post in Time magazine, Alex Hawkinson (founder and CEO of SmartThings) shares his vision of the future where “Eventually, everything that should be connected will be connected”. This indeed points to a very promising future – the future of Internet, where the physical and cyber domains will be truly connected. Many predict that by 2020, billion of devices will be connected, providing an unprecedented array of applications and services. Intuitive examples have been visualized into impressive videos, showing great business opportunities. A very nice video produced by the EU Commission for dissemination purposes of the FP7 R&D program under the title “Internet of Things Europe – The Movie: Imagine everything was linked …” is one such example. Yet having all these “dump objects” connected is it enough? By examining currently available technologies, it is evident that the complexity of orchestrating simple tasks, such as “text me when my son runs out of the front door before breakfast”, or “brew my coffee automatically at 06:00 and 11:00” is enormous. And these tasks require just one device to be connected. Imagine trying to define a task that incorporates two devices. For example: “start brewing  coffee when I am almost done jogging”. Can you imagine going through the configuration screens to setup this task? What about more devices? It is therefore essential to develop new technologies that will allow the devices to self-configure. To monitor our behavior and adapt their operation to better serve our needs. To do this by requiring the minimum interaction. Having every single dump object  connected is not the goal of the Internet of Things. It is just the first step towards unleashing its true potential.