Particle for Good — empowering groups using IoT for social good!
The team at Particle have put together a fantastic new program to help groups who are looking to use the IoT for social good called "Particle for Good". The program will provide these groups with additional benefits and resources, helping them reach new heights with their endeavours. I spoke with Jeff Eiden, Product Manager at Particle, about the program.
11 lessons on building & shipping a smart device from Ray Wu, founder of Wynd
Wynd is one of the best Kickstarter projects I own. It has both an air purifier and air quality tracker that work together to help improve the air quality around you. It is a great example of using technology to improve society's quality of life. For those with allergies and/or highly polluted environments, this can make a world of difference. Ray Wu, founder and CEO of Wynd, was kind enough to answer some questions around building and shipping a hardware product. Here are 11 lessons I drew from what he shared.
Amazon Echo address and timezone settings available to more countries!
Yes. The day may have finally come. It looks like some people outside of the US and UK can now set their Echo to their local address and timezone — no workarounds or hacks required! Happy days!
This team wanted a 3D scanner, so they built their own
This is the sort of team I love to meet. The Sydney-based team at EORA 3D decided that 3D scanners were too expensive for their needs and built their own. I met them at CeBIT Australia last week as they were preparing to ship their creation out to the world and Indranil Roy, a lead engineer, was kind enough to chat with me a bit about their story!
Insertables — why wear tech when you can have it inside you?
There's a whole area of emerging tech which I've honestly never tried to get into before. It takes things to the next level in a way that nothing else in tech really compares to. I'm talking about "insertables" — putting tech inside you. Kayla Heffernan is doing a PhD on this very topic! I just had to throw a bunch of questions her way... there's so much I want to know!
Mongoose OS — an open source IoT operating system
Mongoose OS is an open source, cross-platform operating system for connected microcontrollers. It works with a range of microcontrollers and is available right now for developers to try out! I was really fascinated by the platform and reached out to find out more. Sergey Lyubka spoke to me about their operating system, how it differs from other IoT platforms and how developers can get started.