Customizable IoT Module
Problem: Entrepreneur wished to hide IoT end points behind wall board of home remodels and new construction
Solutions: Netify designed a universal end-point that could be customized for all required home automation applications, with continuous, wireless communication to the central IoT controller. A 3D printed carrier with breadboard section for custom components was also designed as the standard enclosure. Carrier was sized to sit flush on 2x4 wall studs and mounted with two wood screws.
Web-friendly replacement to paper-based planning method
Problem: Client wished to adapt the paper-based project planning system used at his company to a paperless, Web-friendly equivalent, while retaining the hand-on, physical components that users wanted to retain. The existing system consisted of packs of index cards held together by binder clips and hung in certain positions on a cork board to track what progress was being made at a given time for individual projects.
Solutions: Netify designed and built electronic replacements for the index card packs with self-contained, wirelessly rechargeable batteries, cell-phone like monitors, and magnetic backing strong enough to hold them in place on a conference table or white board. The information presented on the blocks' monitors was controlled via the Web interface, and communicated via WiFi. A smart surface was developed that could detect where the blocks were placed and when they were moved. A Web view of the physical layout was available at any time via the Internet.
Problem: client wished to build a chain of indoor clay shooting arcades where enthusiasts could use their own rifles to shoot virtual clay pigeons projected on a wall, with a self-powered laser shotgun shell
Solutions: Netify designed and built microprocessor/battery/laser LED combination in a form factor that could fit into shotgun shells as small as 22 guage. A sensor at the base of the shell detected a trigger pull as the hammer dropped and generated a large voltage from a piezo-electric crystal positioned therein. This brief burst of voltage was sufficient to power the microprocessor that pulsed and encoded the laser LED so that a camera located in the arcade could interpret the aim and shooter. A virtual clay explosion was simulated if the laser identified a close hit. Choke selection was dialed into the shell by twisting the brass section that forms the base of any traditional shotgun shell
Dream Caster project
Problem: Artist working under commission wanted a way to feed his videos on demand remotely to playback devices given as corporate awards, which he refers to as video jewelry boxes
Solution: Develop and package a small monitor with microprocessor, position sensors, and WiFi/Internet connectivity to the artist's media server enabling each jewelry box to communicate through server calls over the Internet to server video stream utilities written in PHP
Weather Station IoT project
Problem: Client wanted to distribute a low-cost weather station to subscribers for crowd-sourcing micro-climate metrics to be integrated into a comprehensive weather map and forecasting system
Solution: A 3D printed weather station was developed to continuously feed local weather conditions to the client's server over the subscriber's WiFi/Internet service
Fob IoT Project
Problem: Client wanted to add a fob to his key ring that would control the IoT devices within his existing home automation system.
Solution: Build a translator that would receive the RF signal used by the key fob and convert to the equivalent wireless signal used by the existing home automation system.
The IoT 'You've Got SnailMail' box
Problem: Client wanted to add standard off-the-shelf physical mailboxes to the existing home automation system such that any outgoing or incoming snail mail, even something as small as a single postcard, could be detected and alerted, either on a Web view, or by Twitter, or by SMS
Solution: Using existing, unmodified mailboxes, create a base with infrared sensors to detect the presence of a slip of paper, and send readings to the existing home automation wireless network