I’m talking about this at #iotlondon next week. Objective: to let people know what I’ve found so far and see if others want to collaborate.
It all started when my router blew up because I had 16 devices talking like the clappers to multiple services. Got a new router but that’s no permanent solution.
I thought: we’ve got all these devices with their own protocols talking to all these cloud services also with their own protocols. We need a hub in the middle to make sense of this. But, this hub needs to be powerful, versatile, low-cost and low in power consumption (as it’ll be always on).
That combination of attributes turns out to be challenging. I’m looking at a number of hardware and software platforms and have some interim results. Also building some demo apps to apply a little stress testing.
This hasn’t been plain sailing. Glad I gave myself a deadline for this talk.
The quest continues. Anyone got any spare coconut shells?
Update: The session seemed to go well and useful input was received. Slides on slideshare.
@andypiper mentioned AIKO, an interesting platform that deserves a detailed look. qp is another one I need to look at further. The emotional pull of node.js is irresistible at the moment (such a time-saver) so support for this could end up as a key requirement. Off to lnug (London) meetup tonight to top up my knowledge and contacts.
The more I think about it the more this is indeed a grail quest.