Category: Products

OpenPicus Community & FlyPort 5

OpenPicus Community & FlyPort

The OpenPicus community released a wi-fi module called FlyPort. It is a small device that uses the Microchip PIC24F (256K Flash+16K Ram, 16Mips@32Mhz) and MRF24WB0MA/RM WI-FI certified module. FlyPort runs a wireless Stack (TCP/IP version 5.25 from Microchip) and has a 26 Pin connector for easy prototyping. Applications and libraries are open source and can be freely downloaded from the openpicus website. Programmers have full control of the wi-fi module, thus the Flyport can act as tiny Web server and client that can directly interact with other Web resources directly, without requiring a gateway. Besides, this project has a social...

CouchDB 1.0 released 3

CouchDB 1.0 released

As in our project we needed a (quickly setup, reliable, and flexible) backend system to store sensor data, I played around with CouchDB as I wanted to explore a RESTful data store. As a matter of fact, the version 1.0 was released just a few minutes before I installed it. First impression, wow. Sleek, pretty fast, damn easy to use, flexible as any software should be (not the conventional click and run install, but damn well documented installation). I have to admit I’m impressed by the quality of this release, just as much as by the documentation. I think this...

Fast Prototyping WoT Apps with NIWEA 1

Fast Prototyping WoT Apps with NIWEA

I gave a few thoughts recently about what the iPad (& iPhone) represent for the WoT. NIWEA As our friend Hannes Gassert awesomely summarized it recently, NIWEA (Native Interoperable Web Applications) is the sweetest method to build interactive applications for all things mobile, plus NIWEA feels like it was made for the Web of Things. In a nutshell, NIWEA are simple Web applications (developed only with HMTL/CSS/Javascript) designed to look & feel like a “real” (native) mobile application. This not only provides a great environment to develop easily apps for the iPhone/Pad, Android, Blackberry & co, but in particular it...

Java and the Web of Things 3

Java and the Web of Things

Coming back from Jazoon, a conference that some people see as the European version of Java One. Since this conference is for me a nice concentrate of what’s coming in the Java/OO/Business software world, I wanted to report a little on what I’ve seen there and what this implies/offers in a Web of Things context. Let’s be modular As last year, modularity was a BIG keyword. The Java community has acknowledged the success of OSGi and is looking for a somewhat closer integration of these concepts. The Language Support for Modular Programming (JSR 294) will be part of Java 7...

Web of Things is a Trend! 0

Web of Things is a Trend!

Like it or not, the “Web of Things” first appeared last month on Google Trends. As a recap, Google Trends only shows trends for search terms (or combinations of terms) when the volume of single queries becomes interesting enough (i.e. big enough). Note that, of course, the trend for the “Web of Things” is not as big yet as the one from his mother “Internet of Thing”, but it is growing (IoT is in blue, WoT in red) This means that the popularity around WoT is growing and so is the hype. Let’s just makes sure it’s not only a...

Energie Visible: Live and Free! 7

Energie Visible: Live and Free!

After being asked by several members of WoT the community and beyond to release the Energie Visible prototype, we finally managed to find the time to package it and now give it for free on the Web! To recap: the Energie Visible project aims at making the your energy consumption … visible! We created a page to host the application, you’ll find the latest version and additional info there. Note that it currently only works with the Bluetooth Ploggs and on Windows (XP or later). The bundle you download there basically contains two applications. First is contains a Web of...

Java card 3 released 4

Java card 3 released

SUN is about to release the newer java card 3! Quoting the wikipedia article: Java Card refers to a technology that allows small Java-based applications (applets) to be run securely on smart cards and similar small memory footprint devices. Java Card is the tiniest of Java targeted for embedded devices. Java Card gives the user ability to program the device and make them application specific. It is widely used in SIM cards (used in GSM mobile phones) and ATM cards. The first Java Card was introduced in 1996 by Schlumberger‘s card division which later merged with Gemplus to form Gemalto....

Netgear releases Open 802.11n router 0

Netgear releases Open 802.11n router

As a few days ago, Netgear has released a gigabit and programmable router, the WNR3500, which is supported by the MyOpenRouter community. This is a fantastic piece of equipment as it enable developers (hint: us) to install custom software on router, typically WoT software that can bridge proprietary embedded devices with Web directly on a router, thus not requiring any additional devices for this purpose. Just as Sputnik has done with legendary WRT54g, one can easily develop custom firmware running directly on cheap routers and sell the whole thing as an augmented product. Which is what that they did for...

REST-*, oh my … They Dared! 4

REST-*, oh my … They Dared!

In an attempt to “standardize” REST a little more, Red Hat is launching an open alliance and community towards creating standards for RESTful Web Services (hem aren’t RESTful Web Services already implemented using some standards like… HTTP :-)) Of course this is of interest to our Web of Things community since we definitely foster the use of REST towards a architecture to integrate things to the Web (see paper and that whitepaper for instance). However it seems like the REST-* initiative is also generating a lot of unhappy people amongst the RESTians. One of the reason is that they fear...

Cloud-based Enterprise Mashup Integration Services for B2B Scenarios 0

Cloud-based Enterprise Mashup Integration Services for B2B Scenarios

Robert Siebeck, Till Janner, Christoph Schroth, Volker Hoyer, Wolfgang Woerndl and Florian Urmetzer on Cloud-based Enterprise Mashup Integration Services for B2B Scenarios. In this first talk of the 2nd International Workshop on Mashups, Enterprise Mashups and Lightweight Composition on the Web at the WWW conference (WWW 2009), Volker Hoyer (a colleague from SAP Research in St-Gallen) talks about patterns to integrate information resources (e.g. an ERP) and generic cloud services (e.g. storage) in the context of enterprise computing. Enterprise mashups are web resources that combine other web resources that have a business relevance, but unlike traditional compositions mashups can be...