We had a lovely 40th meetup last month with our speakers mostly talking about what was new with Bluetooth Low Energy, how to tell if your toddler has a fever using a smart pacifier and Resin (our sponsor)’s new product launch. The next meetup is on Feb 17th but let’s not even discuss the waiting list.
In other news, we won an award! Our friend Trevor Harwood who has been curating Postscapes for a few years gave us the Editor’s Choice award for Partner & Ecosystem Builder. Very kind of him. It’s an excellent resource, have a look.
In London, I attended Seedhack as a judge last weekend. This was the first #iot focused event that Seedcamp have put on and 19 ideas were presented. My favorite was a way to get a daily reading from your water meter using Bluetooth Low Energy. As you walk past the meter (often hidden a few feet underground) a ping would be created so that the battery could last for a long time and you get a daily reading at least. As water companies don’t all provide smart or accessible meters, I think this really has legs.
Kevin Ashton is in town next Monday night to promote his new book on Invention & Creativity. If you don’t know who that is, well he CAME UP WITH INTERNET OF THINGS as a term. I’ll take my copy of the book along, hoping he’ll sign it (squeeeee).
Finally, the map I’ve put up of startups in #iot in the UK & Europe works for real! Thomas shared this with us today.