Welcome to the Internet of Things track for #InventAnything. Today we’ll make something in your home “smart” using your nifty CloudBit and meet some other IoT makers. Let’s get started!
How can you make your home smarter ?
- Consider your house from the point-of-view of your pet or an inanimate object. Is your cat bored? Is your Roomba sad?
- Create a project that improves the livelihood of that pet/thing and upcycles something in your house. (Think old wallets, floppy disks, plastic bottles, a plastic bottle–have at it!)
Inspiration, Examples and Support
Check out all the stellar projects that use the Smart Home Kit.
Project Page Favorites
Feed your pet, don’t let them get hungry! Check out the remote pet feeder:
Control your coffee pot from your bed with the Coffee Control Machine
Find out more: http://littlebits.cc/projects/coffee-control
Keep Track of Your Toilet Paper Inventory
Cute Bonus: Bristle Bot
In this littleBits project you attach a vibration motor to the head of a tooth brush to create your own robot! By adjusting the dimmer, you can control the movement of the little bot making him travel slowly and smoothly or quickly and in every direction!
See it in action:
Tips and Tricks: Vibration Motor
Learn How to Use IFFT
IFFT (a service that stands for “if this, then that”) offers recipes that combine your Cloudbit, an object and you.
3 New IFFFT Apps
The company’s three new apps more closely integrate its automation with the core functions of your smartphone. Do Button, Do Note and Do Camera — all of which are for iOS and Android — allow users to create recipes around specific themes. But unlike the traditional IFTTT app, which is set up to constantly run in the background (i.e., “If there’s rain in the forecast, then send me an email the night before”) the Do apps’ recipes require users to initiate the recipe.
Your Fellow bitsters
Cory Cowgill, cough-logger, Chicago IL
I’m Cory Cowgill, a Technical Architect living in Chicago, IL. I’m a big Chicago Bears fan, enjoy playing Xbox 360, and have an addiction to Apple products as well as internet connectivity.
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Andy Reed, Sonoma Maker, Sonoma, CA
Andy has been an inspiration for our community with his truly unique story. After a career in finance and high tech, Andy Reed decided to move back to Sonoma, California, with his family and purchase a six-acre farm. A true problem solver and maker at heart, Andy used littleBits to deal with a unique situation: he has a farm full of chickens, but he never knew whether they have the right amount of food. To find out, he or his daughters would have to walk all the way to the coop and inspect the feed. Watch the video below to see how Andy and his family rigged up a clever enclosure using the cloudBit to monitor his chicken feed from across the yard or from across the world!
Share Your Project
- The specific bits you used in the project
- Reflect on what did you do 1st, 2nd and 3rd
- List the resources you consulted to help others in the future
Remember this is a community who loves sharing work in progress Don’t be shy to share your piece even if it is not finished yet and ask in the Project Buzz category in the forum for help.
1.2 Discuss: Big Data & Privacy, The Other Side of IoT
1.3.Team Up: Join the Weekly Community call to share your work, meet other bitsters and get advice from celebrity makers.