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February 16, 2011 AT 7:29 am

ThingSpeak – easily get stuff to to talk “to the cloud”

Thingspeak-Overview

Hans writes

Our things can tell us a story…if they have a voice…if they are connected. What can our things tell us? How about how much power they use? How about if someone is in your house? How about your toaster updating Twitter? A new generation of products and services for “connected things” are being created as we speak. Be a part of the story…

ThingSpeak is an open web of things platform to allow devices to interact with web services, apps, and things. ThingSpeak is open to any type of data from devices and applications.  ThingSpeak is a cloud service…things-as-a-service (TaaS)? ThingSpeak is open now.

Features:

  • Open API – connect devices and applications via the Internet to send and receive data
  • Multiple Data Types – numbers (decimal and comma) and alphanumeric strings
  • Real-time Data Processing – time scaling, averaging, median, summing, and rounding
  • Time and Location – localized time, geolocation, latitude, longitude, and elevation
  • Social Context – augment data with status updates
  • Charts – instant visualization and embed tools
  • Apps – built-in apps to connect things to web services
  • Plugins – sandbox to create mashups, visualizations, and apps

At first we didn’t quite get exactly what this does, but here’s an example – Using an Arduino + Ethernet Shield to Update a ThingSpeak Channel… So, quickly get physical things reporting sensor data to places like Twitter, etc…


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4 Comments

  1. Sounds very much like Pachube?

  2. Yes, sounds exactly like Pachube. But have looked at the Thingspeak API it looks like a much inferior Pachube!

  3. It’s about connecting things – for example there is an app to relay updates to Twitter and any other service from a microcontroller. Our focus is not the data logging of sensors, but to allow one device to send a string to another device using HTTP and a simple API. The logging component is there because there is a service in the middle. I have a Netduino Plus talking to an Arduino Ethernet device and will share the source code for that soon.

    Do you have any ideas for something like this?

  4. @Dan Reifsnyder: I agree. Difference is, this is done by ioBridge.

    Their stuff is nice, but very much not open source.

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