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WigWag Wants To Build A Lingua Franca For The Internet Of Things

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes lauren orsini This morning, I had to press a switch to turn on the lights. I had to open my own blinds and turn on my own coffee maker. And I, for one, am sick of it. It’s 2013. Where’s my smart house? There are a lot of roadblocks between our low-tech homes and the Internet of Things. Most significantly, there’s no common language that allows our devices to talk to one another. See also What’s Holding Up The Internet of Things?Enter WigWag, a Kickstarter-funded sensory device that wants to change that. Part operating system, part IFTTT for your physical space, WigWag wants your smart light bulb and your smart outlet to shake hands and get acquainted.“You don’t want a smartphone app for every device in your house,” said founder Ed Hemphill. “There’s only a limited amount of value to come out of smart control. What we’re trying to do is interlink each device’s super protocols.”Your Chatty Future HomeWigWag doesn’t just give your devices a common language, it gives them something to talk about. The sensor comes with eight different plugins that allow it to detect sound, movement, temperature or even moisture. In the video, Hemphill demonstrates how you can use WigWag to automatically turn on the lights when it senses a cooler night time temperature, or send your smartphone a text when the (snail) mail is delivered. Related Posts If there was any doubt that WigWag was something people wanted, look no further than their Kickstarter. It’s nearly earned triple its funding goal and still has 30 days to go.Hemphill said the WigWag team has been especially inspired by the ways backers are planning to use their devices. For example, one backer in the UK is planning to turn his WigWag into a burglar alarm. Another is hoping to put it in her aging parents’ home so it’ll alert her to their movements and when they might need her help. What Hemphill’s noted is that many backers already take advantage of smart devices that are already on the market. They just haven’t been able to take full advantage of them yet because the devices don’t always communicate with each other. They’re trusting WigWag’s promise to change that. “A lot of backers are people who already live in smart homes, but want to make them easier to customize,” he said. “Customization is really required in automatization and that’s why cookie cutter solutions are frustrating for people.” 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img The magic happens in the code. WigWag is the first Internet of Things platform to be built on top of DeviceJS, a type of JavaScript that isn’t restricted by physical location. Since there are more than 12 communication protocols for smart devices in existence, DeviceJS serves as common ground through which these different protocols can interact. WigWag opens up the programming floodgates to millions of JavaScript-savvy developers. “You can plug in a Z-Wave dongle, a ZigBee dongle, an X10 adapter, a Insteon adapter, and over time we’ll support even more protocols,” Hemphill said. “The [WigWag] Relay also supports talking to WiFi devices like LIFX or the Phillips Hue. And cloud services such as email or Twitter.”All you need to know to use WigWag out of the box is how to drag and drop on a smartphone. The app asks you to add one or more variables, like temperature or time of day, and then an action, like “alert phone.” Voila! It’s If This, Then That for your home.For more complex operations, WigWag is offering Arduino shields for developers who want to take full advantage of that complexity.Smart Homes On Steroids How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#DeviceJS#home#Internet of Things#smart home#WigWag Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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England tour: India not ready for battle of the year, says Ganguly

first_imgFormer Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has criticised Team India on its disastrous showing in the Nottingham Test.  Speaking exclusively to Headlines Today, Ganguly termed India’s show as the worst that he has seen in the recent past. “I have never seen such pathetic performance by India in the last 10 years. India had opportunities (122 for 8 and when India were 267 for 4), but they couldn’t make use of that. I don’t want India to bowl first as it is difficult to bat 4th. India’s batting has been very ordinary. You can’t win with 200-150. We have to score big to win,” Ganguly said.  India lost the second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham against Engand by 319 runs on Monday.  Ganguly added, “The team came here undercooked. They weren’t ready. Preparations were so poor for what is the Battle of the Year.” “Dhoni’s batting has been letting the team down. If he doesn’t score, the tail wouldn’t be able to. Look at how (Matt) Prior’s batting is helping the team. I will give benefit of doubt to Dhoni as of now. But time is running out for him,” the former captain said.  Ganguly, who said it will be difficult for India to bet on Virendra Sehwag in the third Test, questioned Abhinav Mukund’s role in the team. “It will be difficult for Sehwag, but India have to gamble with him in Birmingham. What is Mukund doing? It’s strange Sachin Tendulkar hasn’t scored runs in four innings. But he looked good on Monday,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

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RollsRoyce Finferries to Optimise Ship Safety Efficiency

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Rolls-Royce UK-based Rolls-Royce and Finnish shipowner Finferries will jointly develop strategies and solutions to optimise the safety and efficiency of marine operations.This will be undertaken through developing the technology for decision supporting systems, the companies informed, adding that they would also demonstrate remote and autonomous ferry operations.Under the collaboration agreement, the parties said their key focus will be to consider a new research project, called SVAN (Safer Vessel with Autonomous Navigation), whereby Rolls-Royce and Finferries will look to implement the findings from the Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications (AAWA) research project, which formally ended in late 2017.Funded by Business Finland, AAWA brought together a number of stakeholders from a myriad of shipping industry sectors to research the commercial and technical viability of a next generation of advanced ship solutions. Both Rolls-Royce and Finferries were involved in the project.“This new collaboration agreement could take safer, cleaner shipping to the next level. Rolls-Royce will develop solutions to enhance the safety and efficiency of marine operations in the ferry sector, which will be demonstrated in the test platform provided by Finferries,” Karno Tenovuo, Senior Vice President, Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence, said.last_img read more

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