Orlando IoT Show & Tell – February 2017 Meetup Recap

Didn’t make it to the meetup? That’s ok! We have another one in April (and possibly some before then). Microsoft is coming, you don’t want to miss this!

Keep an eye on the Orlando IoT Meetup page for updates, and RSVP early.

Last night we had the Orlando IoT Meetup, and once again I’m blown away by the caliber of presenters and audience members. Not only did we have people presenting on cool subjects, I spoke to a few people who are working on things as varied as RFID-embedded poker tables and nanotechnology to create artificial skin.

As a recap, we had four speakers at the Show & Tell. Matthew Mosher went first, and discussed some of his artwork that connected to the internet. His “weTouch” device warms when a person somewhere across the world puts their hand on the corresponding sister weTouch device. He also discussed his project Sentinel, which garnered a lot of discussion after the meetup. You’ll soon see why. He connected lights to the internet that light up whenever there is a U.S. drone strike, and it stays on one minute for every person killed in the strike. As he said afterwards, some people have said “I want to see it light up!” and he has asked “Do you really?”

Next up was Jerry Reed, talking about Renesas Electronics’ new CPU attached to an evaluation board. In order to sell the ARM chips that Renesas creates, they hook them up to a bunch of sensors (and even a cellular antennae with a pre-paid Verizon SIM card) so you can evaluate their hardware. Since Jerry is a professor at Valencia, he probably won’t be buying a bunch of off-the-shelf ARM chips in bulk, but the eval board is perfect for experimenting with. He shared the capabilities of the board and also showed us a dashboard with real-time streaming data.

Jerry mentioned that it’s easy to get cheap (or even free!) enterprise-level hardware if you mention you want a sample for evaluation. He said being a professor helps in that regard, and in this instance, the college paid for him to go to the event where he got the board. He also got coffee, donuts, and a sandwich to boot.

Michael Schwartz gave a full presentation in the summer, and he came back to give an update on his haptic belt that helps with accessibility. His company, the Wearable Electronics Augmented Reality Lab, focuses on the R&D aspects of how emerging technologies can enhance our lives. They just got accepted to Starter Studio, so we expect big things!

Last but certainly not least, Michael DuPont highlighted the work he’s been doing with Google Home and api.ai. He’s created a service, the Aviation Weather Bot, that helps pilots figure out the weather at various airports. Since he’s a registered pilot, he swears this is a much more understandable service than the existing ones out there as it pulls and parses directly from NOAH and puts it in user-friendly terms.

Afterward, we headed out to the Harp & Celt to continue the conversation. We had a bit of fun there, too!


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