openPicus at WebOfThings workshop in Newcastle: Recap

Posted by openPicus | On: Jul 18 2012
Our friends from Web of Things invited us to sponsor and speak at their workshop on 19th June at the University of Newcastle.

We finally get to publish this recap after few weeks since, you probably know, these few week have been hectic, with new boards, hackathons, and all.

The main event was Pervasive 2012 a conference about Pervasive computing. Internet of Things, IoT, is a big part of the Pervasive computing scenario and it’s really impressive the effort about this topic, worldwide.

The workshop was totally focused about new solutions and new developments to connect Things (not just electronic devices, but everything) to the network.

The scenario is that actually seems that there’s no one killer application on this market, as I underlined on my post about IoT, but that the things connected to internet will become part of our life, even if we’ll not face a real revolution.

A good example of this is the great device from Koubachi, it’s a Wi-Fi sensor for plant care with light/temperature and moisture informations. As I already told the real value is not on the sensor itself, or in the fact that your plant are connected to Internet. The real value is the service on the cloud.
In Koubachi example the service is a huge database of different kind of plants with their optimal parameters. The user have the possibility to care plants even without any specific experience in gardening. This is great!

Koubachi’s iphone app

Coming back to us, we presented Flyport to the Educational community and it was very nice that some of them were already users (Fribourg university presented there a nice example to control a multicolor Lamp) and the others understood immediately the potential of our platform.

Here is my presentation on Slideshare:
OpenPicus Keynote at Web of Things workshop 2012 in Newcastle

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We also prized the best presentation with some Flyport maker Kits. One of them was Mike Blackstock from University of British Columbia, presented the WoTkit (here’s his presentation) a lightweight toolkit for the Web of Things. The second was the University of Fribourg with the Flyport controlled multicolor Lamp.

I also announced the new Flyport GPRS/3G: yes we started to design this new module. It’s gonna be the final brick of our Internet connected platform. Wi-Fi/Ethernet and GPRS/3G.

The GPRS module we are evaluating is from Sagem, HI-LO, and has the great plus to have 2 versions pin compatible: GPRS or 3G.

We now have to choose a right voltage regulator since GPRS/3G have a very high and impulsive current request. If you have any suggestion, please reac!

Posted by Claudio Carnevali, @akaclaudio


  1. Vitor_A says:

    Hi, nice to know that it would be available a 3g/gprs version of flyport.
    The high impulsive current request could be solved with a super capacitor like 0,5F-1F/4V or 5V at the 3g module supply line.
    This capacitors have small size low cost and low ESR that makes it perfect for aplications that requires high impulsive currents and voltage stabilization.

    Best regards

  2. Great idea! we’ll see if space/costs are ok with the current dimensions. We’d like to make it identical to the Flyport Ethernet.

  3. Vitor_A says:

    Maybe a 0.22 F will do the work, some tests with osciloscope to see voltage drop on gprs module when high impulsive current demand to get some conclusions.
    Serach on ” capacitor 0.22F ” and u will have a ideia for this capacitors, low cost (about 0.75Euro) and small size.

  4. Vitor_A says:

    Hi, how is your progress with 3g/gprs module?

    Best Regards

  5. Vitor we had to move the starting of the design of the new module at beginning september since we had an important customization to make for a customer.

    We’ll provide info here on the blog about the new module

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