IoT - Internet of Toilet? and EElive Preview

There's a lot of IoT news and articles being published lately and this is just a sample of articles that I saw in the past week.

The headline is a blatant attempt to catch your attention, but it really refers to an article from @WiredUK that talks about Smart Toilets and Sewer Sensors being developed by MIT's SENSEable City Lab and their aptly name Underworlds project. I found the statistic that says compared to about ten trillion human cells, there are about 90 trillion cells in our body that are not actually "us"; and the majority reside in the gut quite an eye-opener, and it is these microbiomes and bacteria that are being monitored as markers for a healthy person.

As I said there's a lot being written about IoT, but there's also a lot of investment and published an article Internet of Things Companies Haul In More than $1 Billion in Venture Capital in 2013 . They broke down the deals geographically and found that since 2012 1/4 of the deals were for IoT companies based in Silicon Valley, and a further 1/5 went to NY and MASS-based companies. And for those of you talking about wearables, that's so 2013:- it seems the new term is "Quantified Self

Intel's IoT Devkit was launched at MWC2014, and it uses Intel® System Studio IoT Edition as the IDE for this Yocto based App Development Kit. At Eclipsecon there were several talks about MQTT and other messaging protocols that are popular with IoT developers.  This retweet from @chrismatthieu highlighted a talk about  Bridging sensor networks with Eclipse IoT. Eclipsecon slides are posted already if you want to see what was presented just last week, or you can wait and watch the videos of this event once they are posted at

I can't pass up a good infographic, and this one from @Xively was featured by @ThingsExpo, and resulted in me following a bunch of very relevant IoT links, so be warned as you may also spend more than a few minutes to get to the bottom of this rabbit hole. @ThingsExpo is the twitter account for the East and West coast Internet of Things Expo conferences, and once you get there you will see that some of the speakers are the same ones mentioned in the preceeding paragraph.  Maybe this is more of a rabbit warren than a rabbit hole.

What I'm playing with working on this week.

 This Arduino Post featured a websocket client for the Intel Galileo board and Spacebrew, which is  “an open, dynamically re-routable software toolkit for choreographing interactive spaces”, basically a way to connect smart objects of any kind using the WebSocket protocol. This is on deck, but for now I'm working to get this Muzzley example installed.  There's a video of their Pin Debugger on Youtube and their code source is available on github at

I particularly like that this team has made a prebuilt image for the SD-card available so I can just unzip the file and dd the image and get it working. Now if I can just get my LED's from Adafruit  I will have my demo ready for EElive next week. Stop by and say hi, I'll be in Intel Booth number #916




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