Everyone is talking about the Internet of Things; so much so that developers might be tempted to think that it’s a trend that’s already run its course. What we don’t see from inside our bubble is that the hype cycle is still in its infancy in the consumer world. Only a tiny fraction of homes have internet-connected thermostats or home automation technology. We’ve barely scratched the surface of “wrist-top” platform possibilities, and we've seen enough recently to realize that the IoT is really an endless concept.
In short, this is the perfect time for you to jump on the IoT bandwagon, and we’re offering you the ideal opportunity—the Your IoT | Connected World Contest. All you need is an idea and a little time to put it all together, and you could win $10,000 worth of Silicon Labs components to kick start your product development. You need more incentive? We’re giving away three of these prizes.
If you’re not sure where to start, never fear. Silicon Labs offers a wide array of starter and development kits that you can tinker with. We’ve summarized a couple of them here:
Check out the Competition
Have you ever thought of IoT action figures? Propane tank gauges? Boat lifts? Our entrants did! Here are the projects that have been submitted so far:
|DEV Energy Meter||DEV Energy Meter is an end-to-end IoT solution created to make the job of energy managers of buildings easier.|
|Eco Action Sensors||The project is to create an environmental “action figure” with sensors and microcontrollers that will encourage students to engage in scientific experiments, discovery, and quality of life investigations: to develop a product that can transform students into “citizen scientists.”|
|Safire||ZORE is developing Safire: a unique, universal add-on that will save lives by preventing unauthorised use of a weapon. Safire is a patented "smart cartridge case" that is inserted into a firearm. A gun owner can then lock and monitor his weapon using the secure Safire smartphone app.|
|An endlessly customizable smart device to solve problems||The device collects ambient energy from a multitude of sources. (radio may be a bit of a stretch!) It adjusts its energy intake to collect and analyze important information as efficiently as possible. Harvesting modules and sensors can be selected specifically for intended applications or projects.|
|The ProReg||The ProReg is a concept and prototype for a disruptive manner of monitoring consumption of pressurized fuel systems. The industry standard for measuring fuel levels today is to measure weight with a scale.|
|WaveLift Wireless||This is a boat / jetski lift controller operating from front panel controls, wireless remote (315, 418, 434MHz), and BlueTooth. It uses reluctance based limit switches and has a depth sensor as well as water temp, usage log, light control, time of day lockout, etc.|
These are some fantastic ideas, but we want to see more! And don’t forget, even if you’re not going to enter, you can go vote for your favorite project and propel it into the finalist category.
The deadline is July 17, 2015, so you have time—with $10,000 in components as the prize, what are you waiting for?