Making Something Useful and Usable with Temboo

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Temboo can be a great tool for testing out your ideas without sinking too much creative effort into figuring out how to access the APIs you need, but it isn’t just a time saver for the development process—it’s also a toolbox full of different ways to build polished, functional apps.  Leon Barrett, the Head of Development at 383, did just that with his cloud-based temperature logger.  His idea—to collect and monitor temperature data with an Arduino Yún—is simple enough, but with a trick from the Temboo library, he was able to put an elegant finish on a useful project that we really enjoyed.

Rather than trying to create something new and revolutionary, Leon chose to change his daily routine in a subtler way: his idea was to take a standard, mundane task and make it a bit easier.  He picked checking the thermostat, and made his goal to move the temperature display from a static wall fixture to his phone—that way, he could check the temperature in a room from anywhere, without ever having to get up from his seat.  To collect the temperature values for his app, Leon used an Arduino Yún with a shield-mounted DHT11 sensor, and attached to it an LED that would indicate whether or not his sketch was running successfully.  He then used Temboo’s Parse CreateObject Choreo to save his data to Parse, a handy platform for building mobile apps.  With Parse, Leon was able to do more than just log and track his data: he created a clean and functional interface that let him easily check the temperature in his room from an app on his phone.

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A lot of people have taken advantage of how easy collecting data from sensors becomes with Temboo and Arduino, but we thought it would be nice to highlight the aesthetic possibilities that Temboo creates alongside the technical ones.  You can check out more of Leon’s temperature logger, and also see some of his other projects, at the 383 website.  As always, if you’re working on something with Temboo that you’re willing to share, we’d love to hear about it—email us at hey@temboo.com, and let us know what you’re up to!