Smart spaces and IoT data – the challenge is what to do with it

A while back I built some add-on cards for Raspberry Pis to do some environmental monitoring around the house. This is one of them.

The project starting collecting dust when I couldn’t really think of good ways of using the data, beyond triggering an alarm under some conditions or something. However, it’s often interesting just to see what’s going on around the place so I have revived the sensors (a good use for old first generation Pis). The screen capture shows a simple but actually quite effective way of using the data that’s being generated, providing a display that’s adjacent to the camera feed from a webcam on the same Pi. Between the two streams, you can get good confidence on what’s happening in the smart space.

One day, I’d like to get the HoloLens integrated with this so that I can see the data when I am in the smart space. That would be even more fun.

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4 thoughts on “Smart spaces and IoT data – the challenge is what to do with it

  1. John Piantanida

    See? That is why you built those sensor networks that gathered dust. So now you have that knowledge under your belt, you will later find a place to use it. At least that is what I tell my wife. See sees learning for the sake of learning as a waste of time and money. I see it as the answers for tomorrows needs and challenges. Just different personality types I guess.

    I say this as someone who has dozens of these projects gathering dust, getting dusted off and used, then back to the dust pile. I recycle!

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