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Circuit Break Podcast #97

The Internet of Mothers

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December 8, 2017, Episode #97

Agustin Pelaez and Cameron Klotz of Ubidots talk about what is IoT and how to start an IoT Project.
  • Agustin Pelaez
    • Electrical engineer from UPB/FH Münster
    • Helped engineer a remote monitoring solution for Airbus Germany
    • Founded the IoT Application Enablement platform Ubidots.com
  • Cameron Klotz
    • Joined Ubidots as the Director of Operations
    • Graduate of UC Berkeley
    • Previously worked in Operations and Project Management at Getaround Inc. and UBS Financial Services
    • Always focusing on efficient team/client dynamics and quality assurance
  • About Ubidots
    • You may have heard us mention them on MEP #88 when Stephen uses Ubidots for his homebrew.
    • Difference between their IoT platform and others
    • Long tail solution – through app development for engineers
    • What can Ubidots do for me?
  • How to get started in IoT
    • Overview of what IoT actually is
      • Devices
      • Connection protocol
      • Cloud
      • Application development
    • What makes a device IoT?
      • Convergence of digital to physical
      • Embedded design
    • What is an API and how is it tied into IoT?
    • Hardware?
      • Stephen’s arduino with temperature control sensor and valve
      • Program to send data; Ubidots library; search for existing HTTP libraries, put API token into firmware
      • What a payload looks like, what a token is
      • Create alerts within Ubidots Designing the app – see your device online, create widgets, email, web hooks, SMS,
      • Different ways to display data or act on it
    • Exporting data
      • Can send data out or pull it in from outside sources
      • Supports CSV downloads
    • How humans interact with the web and how devices interact with the web
  • How do you view the term “Internet of Things”?
    • Agustin – It’s a concept, solutions to a problem.
    • Cameron -”IoT” is a buzzword, getting hardware to connect to systems, “IoT solutions” get purchased. Gateway to finding solutions
    • Stephen – Something that exists today because the idea hasn’t fully coalesced. It’s a buzzword – protoword for what it will become.
    • Parker – Data management and analytics, in a single spot. In the cloüd.

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From UbiDots: Cameron Klotz and Agustin Pelaez

From UbiDots: Cameron Klotz and Agustin Pelaez

About the Hosts

Parker Dillmann
  Parker Dillmann

Parker is an Electrical Engineer with backgrounds in Embedded System Design and Digital Signal Processing. He got his start in 2005 by hacking Nintendo consoles into portable gaming units. The following year he designed and produced an Atari 2600 video mod to allow the Atari to display a crisp, RF fuzz free picture on newer TVs. Over a thousand Atari video mods where produced by Parker from 2006 to 2011 and the mod is still made by other enthusiasts in the Atari community.

In 2006, Parker enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin as a Petroleum Engineer. After realizing electronics was his passion he switched majors in 2007 to Electrical and Computer Engineering. Following his previous background in making the Atari 2600 video mod, Parker decided to take more board layout classes and circuit design classes. Other areas of study include robotics, microcontroller theory and design, FPGA development with VHDL and Verilog, and image and signal processing with DSPs. In 2010, Parker won a Ti sponsored Launchpad programming and design contest that was held by the IEEE CS chapter at the University. Parker graduated with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Spring of 2012.

In the Summer of 2012, Parker was hired on as an Electrical Engineer at Dynamic Perception to design and prototype new electronic products. Here, Parker learned about full product development cycles and honed his board layout skills. Seeing the difficulties in managing operations and FCC/CE compliance testing, Parker thought there had to be a better way for small electronic companies to get their product out in customer's hands.

Parker also runs the blog, longhornengineer.com, where he posts his personal projects, technical guides, and appnotes about board layout design and components.

Stephen Kraig
  Stephen Kraig

Stephen Kraig is a component engineer working in the aerospace industry. He has applied his electrical engineering knowledge in a variety of contexts previously, including oil and gas, contract manufacturing, audio electronic repair, and synthesizer design. A graduate of Texas A&M, Stephen has lived his adult life in the Houston, TX, and Denver, CO, areas.

Stephen has never said no to a project. From building guitar amps (starting when he was 17) to designing and building his own CNC table to fine-tuning the mineral composition of the water he uses to brew beer, he thrives on testing, experimentation, and problem-solving. Tune into the podcast to learn more about the wacky stuff Stephen gets up to.

Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro!

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