Equipment Control using Embedded Internet

I will give a simple example for the purpose of understanding and assimilation of the concept. Consider the Toaster a Vital Home Appliance, Build a Embedded Internet Interface into the toaster. Then make it Wireless Networking capable. The gadget can also get connected thru Mains Carrier Communication.

Now you build a Webware service, create API’s, Ready Gadgets and Wizards. So he can create-use the API from any Computer or PDA. He can Sub-Lease his custom API Service with Internet capable Gadgets.

Make this a Web Toaster – When i made this post, the iGoogle was the reason behind it.

Make this a Web Toaster

When the Javascript of this is linked to the API of the Control Webapp that you created, This gadget can monitor and control the Quality of the Toast from anywhere in the world ;-).

Digital Timer for Internet – Live Widget

But Then, the service should be easy for just anyone to use, the coding is never done by the user of the service. He creates an account, hires the API, creates his own Gadgets and Apps with wizards. Then he gets to download the firmware for the Embedded Internet ASIC you Provide and the Product he manufactures goes with that circuit. See a Screenshot below

programmable-digital-timer

The end customer buys an Internet capable Toaster with a CD demo on how to access his free webservice. With this service, he can get all the web gadgets and tools to control his Home Appliance Arsenal.

Idea – 19:36 25-Feb-08, Nature – Open Source, – Ideas of delabs

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EM35x System-on-Chip - Ember

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Multi-Tech Embedded Communications Solutions

A leading developer and manufacturer of M2M or machine-to-machine communications products. Device Networking Systems and Modules.

Multi-Tech Embedded Communications Solutions

Manufacturer of award-winning Unified Communications and device networking products.

A versatile suite of hardware and software products to make your Internet of Things IoT system development easy and powerful.

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Multi-Tech Systems, Inc.
2205 Woodale Drive Mounds View, MN 55112 United States.

Nordic Semiconductor – Wireless Microchip

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Useful for ultra low power wireless sensor network applications including wireless sensors and hubs.

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Nordic nRF51 SoC Eval Kit

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RF Monolithics – Components and Systems

Quickly set up a get a 4 node network. 4 developer kit boards providing a simple means to interface to your device.

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2.4 GHz Dev Kit – XDM2140DK – RFM

XG2400E gateway to control the network activity and provide either Ethernet or serial connectivity, Utility programs that demonstrate network operation and performance.

Summary of Kit

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Libelium Comunicaciones – Wireless Solutions

Designs and manufactures hardware for the implementation of wireless sensor networks, mesh networks and communication protocols for all sorts of distributed wireless networks.

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Meshlium modular and configurable Router - Libelium

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Meshlium modular and configurable Router – Libelium

Digi – Wireless Device Networking

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Digi – Wireless Device Networking

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The XBee Wi-Fi Cloud Kit includes all of the hardware and software tools needed to build a cloud-connected Wi-Fi prototype in under an hour. The Internet of Things has never been so simple!

XBee Wi-Fi - OEM Module

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Digi International Inc.
11001 Bren Road East, Minnetonka, MN 55343, USA.

delabs Notes

Digi is one of the Pioneers of Device Networking or M2M as it may be called now. Some call the Systems applying these technologies as “Internet of Things – IoT” today (Home and Office Automation).

Derived for this Device Networking term, we have “Wireless Sensor(and Actuator) Networks – WSN” in Industrial Automation. In Robotics it is  “Wireless Collaborative Robotics”.

If you see above closely, Sensor and Actuators with Intelligence is Robotics. So the dividing line disappears. The human is trying to make the machine more like him, both at work and play. Communications is important for that to happen.