Ubidots Team Blog

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

Pushing data to a chipKIT Board with an LED Matrix

Sep 17, 2015 1:32:24 PM

By Agustin Pelaez

This project shows how to read a Ubidots variable using an HTTP GET request and the chipKIT Uno board.

It serves as an example on how data can be read from an embedded system using the short polling technique. There are other methods and protocols to talk to a remote device which can help you achieve real time push notifications; long polling, MQTT or CoAP. For more information abour these methods, check out our article "Choosing the Right Protocol to Send Data to Remote Devices".

 

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Topics: chipKIT

Linkit One Firmware Update

Sep 3, 2015 10:38:03 AM

By Mateo Vélez

We've been playing with the Linkit One boards for a while and recommended them to some users. The Linkit features GPS, GPRS, WiFi & Bluetooth in a single board, making it perfect for IoT projects.

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Topics: Linkit One

WiDo IoT Node Review

Jul 8, 2015 7:57:00 PM

By Agustin Pelaez

We recently got a support ticket about the WiDo board from DF Robot. As it was the first request for this module, we immediately ordered a unit to get our hands on it.

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Logging sensor data using Intel Edison and Python

Jul 1, 2015 10:30:00 AM

By Agustin Pelaez

During the Hackster Hardware Weekend I had the chance to test the Intel Edison board and was pretty amazed by its form factor and speed.

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Topics: Intel Edison

A Cellular Data Logger using Ubidots, Arduino and the SIM800

Jun 16, 2015 8:55:21 PM

By Agustin Pelaez

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Topics: Arduino, FONA, Adafruit

ESP8266 and the Ubidots IoT Cloud

Jun 16, 2015 8:26:00 PM

By Agustin Pelaez

Since the ESP8266 was announced, the maker world got so excited by its small size and cost. For just $5 USD a chip, you get WiFi connectivity, processing and storage capabilities to power any Internet of Things project.

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Topics: Arduino, ESP8266

A Solar-Powered Water Monitoring System

Jun 14, 2015 12:10:00 AM

By Agustin Pelaez

Water is the single most important element for our health and environment. What can we do to preserve it? Monitoring its quality is a good start. Be it in a swimming pool, an agricultural crop, a municipal water facility or a remote well in Africa, preserving clean water can help both reduce unnecessary waste and benefit our health.

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Linkit One WiFi Battery Test

Jun 9, 2015 1:21:00 PM

By Agustin Pelaez

In most IoT projects, your sensing device is likely to be left unattended for a few months or even years. This is why power consumption is an important factor when selecting your IoT hardware platform.

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Topics: Linkit One

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