Ubidots Team Blog

Zolertia Tutorial: Weather Station over 6LoWPAN/IPv6 using Ubidots

Jul 11, 2016 11:48:06 PM

By Agustin Pelaez

Learn how Antonio Lignan built a low-cost Weather Monitor station using Zolertia and Ubidots.  The tutorial takes us from listing the components to achieving autonomous power, IP65 enclosure, registration in WeatherUnderground and data sending to Ubidots.

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Topics: IPv6, Zolertia

Programming the ESP8266 with the Arduino IDE in 3 simple steps

Jun 13, 2016 3:17:03 PM

By Mateo Vélez

 


 

The ESP8266 is a low-cost WiFi module built by Espressif Systems. Its popularity has been growing among the hardware community thanks to it's nice features and stability, to the point that it can be easily programmed using your Arduino IDE.

In this post, we'll learn how to program your ESP8266 using an UARTbee or Arduino UNO, and the Arduino IDE. 

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Topics: ESP8266

SONOFF Tutorial: A Wi-Fi Room Temperature Controller for $10

Jun 7, 2016 11:47:35 PM

By Mateo Vélez


 

In our last blog post we learned how to use the SONOFF Smart Switch to control a relay from Ubidots. In this case, we'll learn how to control an Air Conditioner with the SONOFF TH, a variation of the original one that includes temperature and humidity sensors. Using these readings, we'll use Ubidots' Event engine to turn on or off your air conditioner automatically, depending on the room temperature.

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Topics: Arduino, ESP8266

SONOFF Tutorial: A Wi-Fi Smart Switch for $5

May 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM

By Mateo Vélez


 

In this guide you will learn how to control any 110-240V appliance for $5, using Itead's SONOFF device. Compared to the $30 WiFi smart plugs out there, the SONOFF is a great alternative for making smart home and even industrial IoT projects at a larger scale. Moreover, it is based on the popular ESP8266 Wi-Fi chip, making it compatible with the Arduino environment and other resources like our ESP libraries at Ubidots.

The SONOFF comes with its own firmware and mobile app, but we think that its main value actually lies in its form-factor and low price. This is why we decided to do some hacking and unleash its full power!

Overview

The SONOFF contains a relay, an ESP8266 WiFi chip and the required circuitry to power it with the AC line of a power outlet. It also comes in a nice package that makes it look more professional than an average DIY project at home.

 

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Topics: Arduino, ESP8266

How Fleet Managers Can Use the Internet of Things

May 1, 2016 6:17:31 PM

By Gustavo Angulo

Our CEO recently participated in an interview by Waytek, a large supplier of high quality electrical components. He answered a few questions about how fleet managers should be taking advantage of IoT technology to solve problems and find efficiencies. You can find the original article in this link. Here's what he had to say:

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Topics: Internet of Things

Particle Tutorial: Smart Garage Door

Apr 16, 2016 4:00:00 PM

By Agustin Pelaez

 The Particle community keeps finding cool applications to the Particle Device family. This time it was John R McAlpine V Mac, who built a Smart Garage Door featuring integrations with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT, and data logging with Ubidots:

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Topics: Particle

Atmospheric data collection using High Altitude Balloons, Linkit One and Ubidots

Feb 1, 2016 5:30:00 PM

By Mateo Vélez

During the contest Smart devices for Smart Cities, launched by Mediatek Labs, this team of aerospace engineering students setup a Linkit one to log atmospherical data to Ubidots as it went up.

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Topics: Linkit One

How to upgrade the firmware of the Adafruit CC3000 Wi-Fi Shield

Jan 20, 2016 3:00:00 PM

By Mateo Vélez

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Topics: Arduino, Adafruit

Developing Apps for the Internet of Things – Design Tips for IoT Applications

Jan 4, 2016 7:21:54 AM

By Nokia Networks

If you’ve read any tech blog over the past few years, you’re probably well aware of the hype behind the ‘Internet of Things.’ As the technology behind it becomes more affordable, from sensors to networking chips, it makes sense that there’s a corresponding need for IoT apps. The basic idea behind the IoT is that it will enable a new network of ‘things,’ including lightbulbs, appliances, and even public transport networks, to transmit data. Imagine a refrigerator that sends you an alert when your milk is about to go off, or a train that lets you know exactly which seats are free before it even arrives in the station. Apps are needed to work in tandem with the IoT to provide these functions.

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Topics: Internet of Things

Choosing the Right Protocol to Send Data to Remote Devices

Oct 14, 2015 12:11:28 PM

By Agustin Pelaez

This article is based on another article that Ubidots contributed to the Sept/Oct 2015 Edition of the Microsolutions Magazine from Microchip.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is not only about millions of things talking to us; it is also—more importantly—about us being able to talk back to them. Let’s take retail analysis applications as an example. Suppose a retailer has a sensor that counts how many people enter and leave the store. This data is reported to the cloud, where a nice web interface helps the store analyze the shoppers’ behavior in real time, comparing store performance among multiple stores, or seeing how the visitor-to-customer rates change over time, especially when launching a marketing campaign.

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Topics: Internet of Things, chipKIT

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