IoTurkey Dinner

November 25 2015

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Do you want to put an IoT spin on Thanksgiving dinner? Trey German, the resident hardware hacker at Texas Instruments, did. He built an awesome sous vide turkey cooker using Temboo’s Twilio Choreos and a TI MSP430 LaunchPad: the LaunchPad controls the temperature in the cooker, and can itself be controlled remotely via SMS. As the turkey cooks, the LaunchPad sends Trey SMS updates on its progress, allowing him to respond to adjust the cooking time or temperature. This IoT application is a great way to kill (cook?) two birds with one stone: it will let you prepare a perfect turkey dinner, and give you more time to spend with family and friends on the holiday. You can find out how to build your own here.

Do you want to put an IoT spin on Thanksgiving dinner? Trey German, the resident hardware hacker at Texas Instruments, did. He built an awesome sous vide turkey cooker using Temboo’s Twilio Choreos and a TI MSP430 LaunchPad: the LaunchPad controls the temperature in the cooker, and can itself be controlled remotely via SMS. As […]

Back from Maker Faire

May 19 2015

Maker Faire DisplayMaker Faire Exhibition HallMaker Faire Illuminated CatMaker Faire ArduinoMaker Faire Texas InstrumentsMaker Faire R2-D2Maker Faire ArduinoMaker Faire Robot

Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 was a blast! We met some cool makers, learned how to make sauerkraut, watched a giant robot destroy a car, and more. We can’t wait to come back next year!

Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 was a blast! We met some cool makers, learned how to make sauerkraut, watched a giant robot destroy a car, and more. We can’t wait to come back next year!

An IoT Doorbell You’ll Never Miss

May 1 2015

If somebody rings your doorbell and you’re not at home to hear it, does it make a sound? Adrian Fernandez at Texas Instruments built himself an IoT doorbell to render the question moot. Adrian wanted a way to know if someone happened to be looking for him while he was away from his desk, so he designed a simple doorbell that calls his phone whenever someone presses it. When he gets the phone call, he can then indicate whether or not he’ll be back soon by entering a number into his phone’s keypad, and a corresponding happy or sad face will be displayed on the doorbell. He used an MSP432 LaunchPad board with a CC3100 WiFi shield and Temboo’s Nexmo Choreos to make it all work.

If somebody rings your doorbell and you’re not at home to hear it, does it make a sound? Adrian Fernandez at Texas Instruments built himself an IoT doorbell to render the question moot. Adrian wanted a way to know if someone happened to be looking for him while he was away from his desk, so […]

New IoT Mode Conditions

March 5 2015

We just made IoT Mode an even more powerful tool for building hardware applications by adding some brand new Conditions features. With Conditions, you can now use IoT Mode’s visual interface to specify how you want the pins on your Arduino or Texas Instruments LaunchPad boards to interact with the web services you are using, and what you specify will be reflected in a complete, production-ready program generated instantly in your browser. Conditions make it quick and easy to build a massive range of IoT applications—check out the video to learn more!

We just made IoT Mode an even more powerful tool for building hardware applications by adding some brand new Conditions features. With Conditions, you can now use IoT Mode’s visual interface to specify how you want the pins on your Arduino or Texas Instruments LaunchPad boards to interact with the web services you are using, […]

Parking Management and the Internet of Things

February 25 2015

Trying to find parking in a city crowded with cars can be a nightmare of driving in circles. In some city districts, as much as 30% of traffic consists of drivers who are looking for a parking space. That extra traffic adds up annually to thousands of gallons of spent gas and hundreds of tons of harmful CO2 emissions in individual neighborhoods alone—a huge amount of waste if you multiply that by the number of neighborhoods in a city and the number of cities in the world. In this week’s episode of DeconstructingIoT, we’ve tackled the parking management problem by designing a connected hardware application that tracks parking space occupancy.

We hooked an ultrasonic rangefinder up to a TI MSP430 LaunchPad with a CC3100 WiFi BoosterPack, and put it next to a parking space so that it can sense whether the space is occupied. Our Parse Choreos are then used to store the occupancy information and make it accessible to drivers through an iOS app. We also used our PagerDuty Choreos to set up an alert system that lets traffic agents know when a car has been in the same space for too long. It’s a simple app, but it illustrates how the Internet of Things can help cities solve problems like congestion and pollution (and hopefully save their citizens a few headaches as well).

Trying to find parking in a city crowded with cars can be a nightmare of driving in circles. In some city districts, as much as 30% of traffic consists of drivers who are looking for a parking space. That extra traffic adds up annually to thousands of gallons of spent gas and hundreds of tons […]

Monitor Your Water Use

February 6 2015

Water monitor prototype

Did you watch Episode 1 of our Deconstructing IoT series and find yourself wishing that you, too, had a nifty IoT solution to your water waste problems? If you did, you’re in luck—there’s a new Instructable up that will walk you through how to build the device in the video, step by step. All you’ll need is a TI CC3200 LaunchPad, a potentiometer, some wires, and a faucet handle. Check out the tutorial, and if you haven’t seen the video yet, take a look!

Did you watch Episode 1 of our Deconstructing IoT series and find yourself wishing that you, too, had a nifty IoT solution to your water waste problems? If you did, you’re in luck—there’s a new Instructable up that will walk you through how to build the device in the video, step by step. All you’ll […]

Deconstructing IoT: Water Management

February 3 2015


According to the EPA, the average American household can go through 300 gallons of water per day. Water waste is a significant problem, and is just the sort of issue that Internet of Things technology is well situated to address. In our first episode of Deconstructing IoT, we examine how connected devices can be used to monitor water usage and dispatch alerts when there’s a leak or the water has been left running. We then use a TI CC3200 LaunchPad, a potentiometer, and our Google Spreadsheets and Zendesk Choreos to build a simple connected device for tracking household water consumption.

According to the EPA, the average American household can go through 300 gallons of water per day. Water waste is a significant problem, and is just the sort of issue that Internet of Things technology is well situated to address. In our first episode of Deconstructing IoT, we examine how connected devices can be used […]

Temboo and TI are Meeting in the Cloud

December 9 2014

Texas Instruments released an announcement today describing how it’s been expanding its IoT cloud ecosystem to make programming cloud-connected devices easier and quicker for hardware programmers. As members of that ecosystem, we’ve enjoyed working with TI to develop IoT Mode support for their connected LaunchPad development boards and an integration with Energia, TI’s open source IDE. Building on that effort, we just added IoT Mode support for Tiva C Series Connected LaunchPads–TI’s ethernet-based LaunchPad board–and we’ll be continuing to work with TI in the future to expand the connectivity options for TI hardware and the Temboo cloud. To learn more about what we’re doing, check out https://temboo.com/hardware/ti.

Texas Instruments released an announcement today describing how it’s been expanding its IoT cloud ecosystem to make programming cloud-connected devices easier and quicker for hardware programmers. As members of that ecosystem, we’ve enjoyed working with TI to develop IoT Mode support for their connected LaunchPad development boards and an integration with Energia, TI’s open source […]

Track Packages with Temboo, TI, and FedEx

November 13 2014

Tracking a package is a great way to procrastinate—once you’ve placed your order, there’s practically no limit to the number of times that you can refresh a webpage in order to follow your shipment from facility to facility, state to state, and warehouse to your house. However, if you want to know when your package arrives but aren’t looking for a way to occupy endless hours of your time, you’ll need a more practical monitoring system. As it turns out, building one is pretty simple—all you need is a Texas Instruments CC3200 LaunchPad programmed with the Energia IDE and our FedEx > TrackingAndVisibility > TrackByNumber Choreo. In this video, Claire will show you exactly what to do!

Tracking a package is a great way to procrastinate—once you’ve placed your order, there’s practically no limit to the number of times that you can refresh a webpage in order to follow your shipment from facility to facility, state to state, and warehouse to your house. However, if you want to know when your package […]

Temboo and Texas Instruments Are Teaming Up!

September 10 2014

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Texas Instruments to bring Temboo support to their LaunchPad Development Boards! Now, Temboo comes bundled into the LaunchPads’ Energia IDE, meaning that you can program connected LaunchPads using any of the Choreos in our Library with IoT Mode. You can read more about how TI and Temboo are working together to build the Internet of Things in our launch announcement and on their blog!

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Texas Instruments to bring Temboo support to their LaunchPad Development Boards! Now, Temboo comes bundled into the LaunchPads’ Energia IDE, meaning that you can program connected LaunchPads using any of the Choreos in our Library with IoT Mode. You can read more about how TI and Temboo […]
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