Homepage » Internet of Things Gateways
Internet of Things Gateways
Smart Things is a group of devices which can be monitored and controlled via hub and web services.
- SmartThings primarily use ZigBee HA (with Z-Wave also natively supported by the Smart Hub) and both of these standards use mesh-networking (every non-battery powered node is a repeater – router) for superior range (perhaps limitless range!).
- SmartThings Apps are written in Groovy not Ruby
Twine is an inexpensive, customizable little box that can be rigged to monitor your home for various changes or actions, and alert you when they happen.
While Ninja Blocks has an actual finished and usable product, Electric Imp is more of a platform to add wireless communications to devices by using a SD-card like chip. They’re targeting mainly manufacturers and geeks so they can implement cool things with it. The is an Hannah Development Board from smARtMAKER. Costs around 45 USD.
Ubi (voice control)
The ubiquitous computer, or Ubi, is a small Android powered computer with built-in sensors that is controlled and activated entirely by voice commands. Costs 215 USD.
ivee (voice control)
ivee Sleek is a Wi-Fi Voice-Activated Assistant for the home that helps you manage and control your connected devices without any hands.
Ninja Blocks is basically an Arduino compatible board packed inside a nice ninja enclosure and coupled with a bunch of external wireless sensors. You can then use their cloud-based platform to trigger events based on rules with the data collected from these sensors. Costs 199 EUR.
- Ninja Block
- Beagle Bone
- AM335x 720MHz ARM
- 256MB DDR2
- USB, Ethernet, MicroSD
- Ubuntu 11.10
- Dongle WiFi
- Ninja Shield
- 433MHz Transceiver
- 3 RGB LEDs, 4 ports
- IP cameras
- User apps
- Ninja cloud
Ninja Blocks Drivers
Modules are now known as Drivers
Interesting Ninja Blocks Drivers
- Z-Wave. Aeon Labs Z-Stick (has to be installed and enabled) + the ninja z-wave driver
- Belkin WeMo
- Github: ninjablocks / ninja-zwave. Ninja Blocks driver to interface with Z-Wave devices.
- Official Ninja Blocks fibaro support
- Aeotec: Z-Stick. The Aeotec Z-Stick Series 2 is a self-powered Z-Wave USB dongle with push button for remote network creation (independent from external power and host microprocessor). When attached to a host processor, it becomes a Z-Wave communication device, which exposes the Zensys API (SerialAPI) through integrated USB.
- IFTTT If this then that – is a free service to connect and create interactions between multiple services. For example: if temperature drops below 10C, set the colour of the house light to blue (supposing you have a Philips hue bulb) . Or if a new photo is added to my Instagram, automatically back it up on my DropBox. A multitude of different channels and possibilities.
- Sen.se Just like IFTTT, the Sen.se can collect data from a variety of channels and trigger actions based on the processed data. They’re still in beta but apparently it’s more flexible than IFTTT, albeight more complicated to understand and get started.
- Pushalot The icing on the cake: Pushalot is a free app for Windows Phone which you can use to receive push notifications from any external resource. Please note that if you’re using an iPhone or Android you’ll have to find a similar app for the same purposes (I’m sure there are some).