ioBridge, Inc. (http://www.iobridge.com) releases ThingSpeak, the first open source solution for “Internet of Things” products and services. Much like WordPress allows people to create blogs easily, ThingSpeak (http://www.thingspeak.com) allows developers to interact with devices using standard Web technologies. ThingSpeak can be run via its free hosted service or on personal servers.
Features of the ThingSpeak platform include data logging, data processing, data distribution, location-based services, status updates, social network integration, apps, and plugins.
“Our goal is to take some of the mystery out of connecting devices to the Web,” said Hans Scharler, President of Software at ioBridge. “Everyone is discussing the Web of Things as if it’s in the future, but cell phones are the perfect blend of things, social interaction, and the Web. I think of mobile devices as sensor platforms and gateways to Web services. I believe we are ready for more connected things.”
Since the beta release in October 2010, ThingSpeak has had over 200 active developers working on the application programming interface (API) and building apps using the platform. APIs allow software programs to be joined together to produce more meaningful user applications. Everyone from electronic hobbyists to commercial partners is creating exciting services.
“With so much development, the platform is going to grow beyond what my team is able to do by themselves,” said Hans. “We are using the same technologies that launched e-commerce and social networking. However, unlike social networking of people, we are building this from the ground up in a democratic fashion. It’s fantastic.”
The first commercial application to be built on ThingSpeak is The Social Sensor Network (http://www.socialsensornetwork.com). This application makes use of people as sensors by allowing users to report and share any data on a social channel via a web browser. The data is processed and presented in a meaningful way. All of the data is open and available so other developers can make use of it.