The Internet of Everything is a deceivingly simple yet revolutionary concept that suggests that everyday gadgets—doorknobs, light switches, ovens—can be controlled or manipulated by us through the internet.
Imagine a world where everything is embedded with a radio frequency identification tag (RFID) tag. Many everyday products—like cars and retail products—already are. What if you could take these things, create your own app and control everything from your mobile phone?
For example, turn on the coffee maker in the morning? Open your garage door?
Always looking to the future, MAYA Design has tapped this concept with a product it’s calling MakerSwarm
, a software kit that will allow everyone to cobble themselves some cool apps without ever writing a single line of code.
While still in development, MakerSwarm promises to unlock the power of trillions of connected devices, revolutionizing home security, our very way of life, say its makers. Think smarter buildings, smarter energy grids and smarter human networks.
MakerSwarm started out as a project for DARPA, the government agency that drove the creation of the internet and driverless cars. Seeing the potential, MAYA wanted to create something with a consumer orientation, says Stuart Roth, senior software engineer.
Say you want your garage door opener to turn on your house lights every time you pull in the driveway, explains Matthew Casebeer, senior software engineer and game designer. With MakerSwarm, you physically draw a line on your tablet with your finger, connecting a picture of the garage door opener to one of the light switch.
Voila, a mobile app! A do-it-yourself smart-house in a package. The possibilities are endless, the team says.
“Think of asset tracking,” says Casebeer. “Businesses and hospitals know how much they have of important stock at all times and supplies are reordered automatically. Doctors remotely monitor patient health automatically. The list goes on.”
“We’re not creating this with a specific idea of how it will be used,” adds Roth. “Our hope is people will begin telling us ways to use it, which will generate more ideas.”
To further facilitate the research, the MAYA team launched a Kickstarter
this month to raise money to complete alpha and beta testing. The team is also working with Pittsburgh high school students who are testing the early versions in preparation for the full-scale product, which is about six months away.
“MakerSwarm is lowering the entry point to creating your own app,” says Yu-Ling Behr, MakerSwarm community manager. “I’m the least techy person ever, yet I can connect things without knowing one line of programming.”
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: MAYA Design