Sorry for the lack of recent posts; we’ve been very busy behind the scenes!
Please look out for your shipping confirmation this week via email. We believe Shela has been able to sort out most of the obvious errors with Perk selections at this point, but if there are any issues, please email us at contact [at] wimoto [dot] com. Please do not post any updates to your Perk selection on Indiegogo, Facebook, or Twitter.
For those who did not prepay shipping, there’s a link to settle your shipping costs.
If you have not received an email by the end of this week with your shipping confirmation, please email us! c6cc
Developing Apps With Wimoto
We’ve just published our first “Gist” on Github on how to access a Wimoto Climate using node.js + noble and subscribe to temperature updates via Bluetooth Low Energy notifications.
This is a good example of how powerful Bluetooth Low Energy is as a communications mechanism: instead of constantly polling the sensor, you can tell it you’re interested in only knowing when the temperature changes and it’ll “push” you a notification telling you so.
The example is here:
In the next couple of weeks, we’ll also be posting example apps for Android and iOS on Github for those who want a starting point to write their own mobile apps that use Wimoto sensors. The new website (which hopefully we can get up in the next 2-3 weeks) also has a full set of developer documentation, a Wiki, and a discussion forum.
Cloud Cube is dead: long live Nimbus!
The original concept we had, and told Indiegogo backers about, was a fairly simple, low-cost sensor to Internet bridge. Along the way, this morphed into Cloud Cube and the project became unwieldy, mostly due to the display. It also became apparent that:
(1) The display, whilst it had “wow factor”, wasn’t really that useful when people have smart devices. We tried both e-ink (EPD) displays and more recently colour LCDs with touch screens and both had challenges (the former was slow and ugly to update, but had good readability, the latter had poor readability in bright light, but had the advantage of colour).
(2) The form factor, whilst attractive, was compromised by having to squeeze a display and a grill for air quality monitoring into the device. We lost the ability to attach it to a wall, which has it has become apparent is a great way to setup the gateways.
(3) The heavyweight Linux system-on-a-module we were using was driving up cost and complexity by itself. So, we’ve switched to a lighter weight (but still more than adequate) SoM.
While we were stealthily fixing these shortcomings of the Cloud Cube, it no longer became a cube shape, so we’ve given it a new name: Nimbus (as-in ‘cloud’).
Nimbus is a small (80*80*25mm) device that can live on a desk or be wall-mounted via the mounts on the back of its case. It has the same core functionality as the Cloud Cube did (BLE to Wifi gateway), has a local REST API so you can retrieve data about your sensors without having to transverse the Internet, and features air quality sensors on-board.
One of the neatest things about Nimbus is that you can configure it from our app via BLE in less than 30-seconds.
We hope you like where this has landed. Both the electronics and the plastics are in the process of being manufactured, and we’re aiming to have them in your hands within 6-8 weeks and we sincerely thank you for your patience with this part of the project — but we think you’ll be gearing a great product!