This year, we will again celebrate the #OktoberfestOfThings (http://oktoberfestofthings.tumblr.com/). It started as an initiative to evangelize the IoT last year and it seems we get quite a bit more traction this year.
This is an open event and everybody is welcome to participate. While we meet in Munich, we would love to see local groups in other countries/at other places doing the same. On Sept 18 we will have an open ideation workshop at IXDS (the guys behind Fritzing) in their Munich Office and later on we will hack the things in the Munich FabLab (Hackerspace). There, we have access to 3D printers and the laser cutter, just in case we need more than electronics. We will then continue to hack on Sept 19 and later on move on to a beergarden to test our inventions. The actual Oktoberfest starts on that Saturday and everybody is of course welcome to test it all under real-life (real-Oktoberfest) conditions.
So ideas we have so far:
- report if the tent doors are open/closed, e.g. via Reed relays.
- report temperature and humidity
- report sound volume
- report if people are dancing on the tables (piezo sensor?)
- report the number of times you’ve lifted your beer mug, including triggering automatic refills if the level is below a threshold.
- tap the beer coaster to reorder beer
For the latter two, hybris, the company I am working for, will create a IoT prototype with the spark core. We’ve already got some basic UI up and running here: http://oktoberfestofthings.appspot.com/
We will later also share a beer coaster design files and the sources to the website in general - all under CC BY-SA license on github. The basic communication is already working, we’re thrilled…
Let us know what ideas you have… and maybe tell us which lib and sensor could be used to realize it. It would be great to collect as many ideas possible before our actual event.
If you are in Muc, check out the #FabLabMuc and also the Meetup Group: