Android and the Web of Things: NFC, QR, BLE and Arduino – Meetup

On the day when Google’s acquisition of Nest (story here) made the internet of things a hot topic, I went to the Skills Matter Exchange to hear from someone at the forefront of this exciting trend. Dom Guinard of EVRYTHNG was the main speaker at a meetup event hosted by the London Java Community.

Photo by @SHRecWorks
Photo by @SHRecWorks

EVRYTHNG is a Web of Things™ software company, making products smart by connecting them to the Web. EVRYTHNG helps manufacturers connect directly with customers and partners through their own products, using smartphones and intelligent identities for physical products on the Web.

Slide from Dom Guinard's presentation.
Slide from Dom Guinard’s presentation.

Dom Guinard is the CTO of EVRYTHNG. He spoke about the hierarchy of different technologies that make up the internet of things, and their relationship with Android.

  • Level 1: 1D barcodes and QR codes
  • Level 2: Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Level 3: Android Developers Kit Arduino
  • Level 4: BLE / iBeacons

The talk gave excellent use case examples for each of these technologies. You can find out more by watching the talk yourself here, or by checking out the slides here.

On a personal level, this was one of the best meetup events I’ve ever been to. It had an interesting talk by an excellent speaker, with the perfect sized group for discussions, and great audience input. There was plenty of neat stuff for me to follow up on:

  • The Evrythng API: a platform for powering the Internet of Things.
  • The Electric Imp: an easy way to connect hardware devices to the web.
  • Smart bluetooth tags so you can rack the location of your shoes, pet, etc.
  • TI Sensor Tag: six sensors that connect to your smartphone by Bluetooth – perfect for homebrew Internet of Things applications.
  • ADK for Arduino: An Arduino microcontroller board with a USB host interface to connect with Android based phones.

You can connect with Dom Guinard via Twitter here. For more information about the London Java Community, check out the Meetup group, or Sam at RecWorks on twitter, or follow the hashtag #ljcjug

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