On Saturday, September 26th , some of the basic6 staff went to the World Maker Faire in Queens, New York hosted at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI).
First off, it was big..REALLY BIG. We estimated it was 2 to 3 times to size of the Maker Faire last year. Lots and lots of kids of all ages attended and there was lots for them to do. Free workshops of all kinds were open and inviting anyone to learn how to make all sorts of things. Everything from DIY robots, to rubber-band-powered-boat racing. We even saw kids making parachutes from recycled plastic bags and launching them into the air with a home-brew fan launching system!
On the Internet of Things side, there were more new industries involved with connected devices.
Biology and new plant growing techniques are using more sensors to efficiently deliver resources such as light, heat and water. Customized growing environments allows denser foliage and higher yields. Sensor networks are able to use the Internet to get the temperature and sunlight predictions for the future, and replace artificial water and heat with natural resources.
Medical monitoring services are using IoT technologies to remotely configure and administer deployed equipment. More and more of this equipment is based on the newer and cheaper hardware available, as well as taking advantage of the fact that almost everyone has access to high speed Internet.
Then there is the 'Fun' category! Kids are learning how to use small, modular IoT systems that are disguised as toys to sense and control their environment. Most of the small IoT enabled building platforms, designed for learning, can send environment data to the Internet for visualization. Want to know how fast you can really run? Wearable sensors can send that data to the Internet to create a easy-to-read graph.
The Internet of Things is slowly developing into something real; the only question is: What will you build?