IoT Works is an Internet of Things (IoT) focused venture fund that brings together the best ideas, people, resources and financing. We build, invest and buy companies creating the Internet of Things.
Today's newsletter edition focuses on IoT projects and companies focused on the home. Smarter light switches? Smarter monitoring of water and energy consumption? Keep reading.
A vision for the IoT home
In an interactive workshop, Philips Design teamed up with Philips I.T. Strategy and Innovation to invite the audience to join them in taking a critical look at how far the roadmap to an IoT has really progressed, whilst posing the question - How can we speed up past the "trough of disillusionment" to reach the "plateau of productivity?"
Who will invest in the hardware, software and services to enable the IoT scenarios that the visionaries have long been dreaming of? What will the currency of the Internet of Things be? What are the scenarios that will entice consumers to welcome the IoT into their homes to participate in their lives? At what cost and providing what value? Financial, social and environmental.
Check out the Philip's Presi on IoT in the home...
Kickstarter project of the hour
At Think Automatic, they believe that smart home technology should be cost effective to install, simple to configure, and seamless to use. They plan to use computerized lighting controls and software that learns what consumers like.
The beauty of their Luminode Wall Switches isn't just that they look, act, and feel like a familiar light switch. They monitor electricity usage and help save energy. They communicate wirelessly using a simple protocol making them easy to integrate with our back end learning system which connects with other automation panels, AV equipment, and smart phones.
Continue reading about Luminode on Kickstarter...
GreenGoose and motivating change
GreenGoose has a line of motivating - and at times hilarious - apps based on their sensors. Apps claim to encourage kids to brush their teeth, remind the humans to feed their pets and most importantly, reward the gentlemen in your life for getting the lid down.
Check out the apps at GreenGoose...
Kickstarter Success Story: Sensordrone
Sensordrone can fit on your keychain, monitor your environment, and talk with your smartphone via Bluetooth. Sensordrone already includes more sensors than anything else available, so you can run hundreds of new apps. Apps that are surprisingly useful in your daily life, fun apps, scientific apps, and more.
If you have a Sensordrone, you can run apps on your tablet or smartphone to monitor carbon monoxide and air quality, find gas leaks, measure your child's temperature, log the weather, and much more.
Check out Sensordrone on Kickstarter...
L8 connects via bluetooth to smartphones to displays by light codes everything that happens through the internet and in life.
L8 is a battery powered mini squared lamp with a multicolor 64 Led matrix on one side and a multicolor super bright Led on the other and several useful sensors, that connects via bluetooth to smartphones to notify users by light images or animations of just about anything that happens on the Internet: Twitter and Facebook messages, e-mails, game results, outside temperature.... anything that exists.
Check out L8 SmartLight on Kickstarter...