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2015/16 Awards

Best IoT DIY Project

Some products come pre-assembled, batteries included; others are made to be tinkered with. The DIY award goes to those projects and people harnessing connected technologies for their lives on their own terms.

Nominees

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This project is to create a WiFi Connected lamp from a Transformer themed lamp. The original lamp was plain white in colour and not very interesting. The idea was to add an Arduino with WiFi capabilities and a number of RGB LEDs. This is to be controlled via a simple web page running on the Arduino.

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Baby Cloud was created for the hundreds of children who die by being left unattended in vehicles. 

In US alone there were more than 600 deaths since the year 2000. 

Use of Baby Cloud is very simple and does not require the purchase of a new baby seat or sophisticated devices. It is simply two cushioned straps that can be fitted to any seat belt. After strapping the device, parents synchronize their personal Baby Cloud to the Free mobile app. 

Several parents or guardians may register and go through the verification process. We were proud to figure out an algorithm to check the baby's precense using the IoT developer kit provided to us. Checking for the baby requires the use of: 2 light sensors, 2 temperature sensors, 2 touch pads, microphone and a vibration sensor. Further data is provided to parents by adding an air quality sensor and a GPRS device. 

Process: 

1)Parents sets the child in the seat
2)Baby Cloud detects the child's presence
3)Parent leaves the car for more than 50meters
4)Baby Cloud re-cheks the baby's presence and sends a push notification to the parents
5)If the parent goes further and/or did not take the child for more than 10minutes an sms and call are made to all registered users on the app. 

Connect your Baby Cloud App to your Baby Cloud devices mounted the baby car seat to be alerted when you forget your child in the car. Customize users who receive push notifications alongside the driver In Case of Emergencies.

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I came up with the idea of using a bubble in a container of liquid to not only notify me of an event of my choosing, but to also use the time it takes for the bubble to rise to instill a sense of urgency in my response to the event. For example, if you were to receive a message from a boss or other important contact, the bubble would form and rise at a rate that would give you enough time to respond before it pops at the top.

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BrewPi is a fermentation temperature controller for brewing beer or wine. It runs on Raspberry Pi and an Arduino. Compared to other temperature controllers, BrewPi offers much better temperature control and a lot more features like data logging, a web interface and graphs. 

In our shop you can buy the BrewPi Arduino shield, temperature sensors, SSRs, a casing and more to convert your fridge or freezer into an awesome fermentation chamber. 

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CheerLights is an -Internet of Things- project created by Hans Scharler that allows people-s lights all across the world to synchronize to one color set by Twitter. This is a way to connect physical things with social networking experiences. Over 10,000 people are participating in CheerLights around the world.

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This tutorial explains the steps to make an inexpensive LoRa gateway and how I managed to run it. Then I show a complete scenario with nodes, gateways and cloud all together. Finally I will explore the possibility to manufacture a cheaper one.

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This TinyScreen Smart Watch Kit lets you build and customize your own Smart Watch that can connect with your Android or Apple device. The watch can be configured to use several different watch faces, and can use Bluetooth 4 (also known as Bluetooth Low Energy and Bluetooth Smart) to communicate with your smart phone (Android 4.3+ and iOS 7+).

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Farmbot Genesis

Humanity’s First Open-source Cnc Farming Machine.

Our Vision

Create an open and accessible technology aiding everyone to grow food and to grow food for everyone.

Rigid and lightweight, the Genesis Gantry is constructed from durable aluminum extrusions and 5mm thick connecting plates. Coupled with powerful NEMA 17 stepper motors, the system can precisely position tools in the XYZ space with millimeter accuracy.

Sensors, drills, nozzles, seed injectors, and more. FarmBot’s Universal Tool Mount provides 12 electrical connections and three liquid or gas lines that can support any tool you can imagine. Tools are magnetically coupled allowing FarmBot to automatically select the right tool for the job.

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In this project, we will use a Particle Photon, powered by solar energy with a battery backup cell to push soil saturation data for six tree zones up into the Azure cloud for visualization in Power Bi. The purpose being that we will be able to monitor availability of water for these trees and eventually optimize the watering pattern to ensure optimal growth using the collected data.

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IoT Home Security Model is an IoT model that utilized sensors and internet to monitor the security status in real-time. User can remotely access the model by using any smart device or PC to monitor the security status within the house through the data collected from sensors. 

When security mode is turned on, any recognized harmful activities that occurred within the house will be detected through installed sensors and the system is programmed to send alert message to the homeowner through the internet. The data from sensors will constantly be stored in the cloud storage and interact with the custom web-based application that enable the data to be displayed in a website, this allow the homeowner to have an advantage to monitor any potential harmful activity that might occurred within the house in real-time. Another additional feature of security in this project is Access Control Technology, this system uses the (NFC) "Near Field Communication" approach to provide access to the recognized individuals (guests or family members) with the rights to enter the house. This is made possible, because any authorized NFC smartphone can use to toggle the system security status.

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Go ahead. Watch yourself to sleep.

Netflix socks pause your show automatically, so you never miss a moment.

Sometimes a show is so good, you just can’t stop. And the next thing you know, zzzzz. Netflix socks detect when you’ve dozed off and send a signal to your TV, automatically pausing your show. Never again will you binge-watch yourself to sleep, only to wake up two seasons later wondering what happened.

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Bicycle tracker utilizes the LinkIt ONE development board's GNSS features to acquire the position of a bike in real time. The data is then uploaded to the EON real-time dashboard over a GPRS connection using the PubNub LinkIt ONE library support. The EON real-time dashboard provides a visualization of the data on a map. 

By the end of this tutorial you'll have a fully functioning IoT prototype, which gathers GPS data, then transmits the data through a GPRS connection to enable control and visualization using cloud services on a PC.

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SAM is the ultimate Internet of Things technology kit that seamlessly integrates Hardware, Software and the Internet. Create instantly without wires or code.

There are 15 different wireless blocks that all have a specific talent. Simply click, push, twist or slide sensors to make actors flash, buzz, twirl or move - and that’s just the beginning. Combine your wireless blocks’ talents to quickly build Internet-powered robots and smart mailboxes, or design your own automatic cookie dispenser.

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The Internet Of Lego project is a living city where LEGO is used to help learn, explore and teach about the Internet of Things and supporting technologies. A Raspberry Pi acts as the heart of the city and several Arduino boards extend the virtual world into the physical with the use of sensors and motors. 

The system is primarily coded in NodeJS using the Johnn-Five.io robotics framework. This allows an app to control a Train Crossing, Traffic Lights, an Elevator and even the Trains! Embedded systems, such as the standalone Weather Station, use Arduino "sketches", which is basically C++ and exchange data using the ESP8266 WiFi module, BLE or USB. Finally, all the systems communicate with each other using PubNub for highly distributed, low latency communication. Traditional technologies such as WebSockets, MQTT and RESTful APIs are also used for local access and experimentation.

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Vinduino is Reinier van der Lee’s open-source solution to the challenge of cutting back on water use by 25 percent — a voluntary measure that, for Van der Lee Vineyard, amounts to savings of 42 million acre-feet per year, more than five times what an average residential household uses. 

The project so far includes instructions for making your own soil moisture sensors (based on the gypsum mineral found in plaster of Paris); building a handheld Arduino-based device for taking sensor readings; and creating Arduino-based irrigation valves, water pressure sensors and data loggers for controlling and monitoring the vineyard’s irrigation system.

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