Continuing the discussion from SmartThings & IoT World Workshop & Hackathon (May 11-13):
I haven’t found any networking connections to brainstorm a bit before the Internet of Things World Hackathon, but maybe the Community would like to contribute.
I think the key to “winning” is the criteria in the last paragraph:
Challenge A) Best Consumer IoT Project:
Application sectors for the consumer include Home, Fitness & Health, the Connected / Self Driving Car, and the use of Beacons. Some example projects: turning on the coffee maker when you run the shower in the morning, turning on your car’s engine when you open the garage door, or guiding around a shopping mall.
Challenge B) Best Industrial IoT Project:
Covering innovations for the Industrial Internet, application sectors for this challenge include Smart Cities, Intelligent Agriculture, Smart Energy & Utilities, Logistics, Environment & Resource Management, and Healthcare. Some example projects: trash cans that know when they need to be emptied, street lights that turn off when no-one is around, plants that know when they need watering, or industrial machines that let you know when their bearings might be wearing out.
We believe interoperability will be crucial to the future success of IoT, so projects which use a variety of different technologies will be at a distinct advantage.
Click here for more information on the various technologies that will be Available for Contestants!
That paragraph makes a ton of sense to me; since, duh, the main purpose of the hackathon is for the sponsors to maximize their exposure; and, less cynically, a fundamental principle of the “Internet of Things” is to interconnect heterogeneous technologies.
Yet I can think of dozens of highly functional devices / systems that use a minimal set of components. An Arduino (with a few sensors and actuators) + SmartShield + SmartThings Cloud is in my wheelhouse and, as we know, can do an awful lot.
The other featured vendors are mostly alternative development prototyping boards (Freescale, Intel, Silicon Labs, Tessel, Gemalto, …) and/or communication modules (Broadcom bluetooth); and clouds as platforms for software development that integrates with the above.
Isn’t there a lot of redundancy? Hmmm… I suppose the most obvious choice is to swap out the Arduino for one of the sponsors’ boards, and … next … do some cloud-cloud between that vendor’s cloud and SmartThings?
Tossing it out to you guys for suggestions!