For the past few months I've been working on DIYIoT, an open source IoT platform that leverages sensor data in an easy and affordable way. Using DIYIoT, sensor devices send data to a Raspberry Pi 3 running IBM's Node-RED—a visual tool for wiring the Internet of Things. It allows you to quickly and easily build boards (no coding is required for basic functionality), load firmware and share data.
I launched this project at Maker Faire a few weeks ago and recently paired it with HoloLens for a home connectivity test. In this demo, I use a Belkin WeMo switch, Hue bulbs and several of my custom PCBs to control lights, a Harry Potter spell, and a magic box with air tapping. Unlike conversational interfaces like Siri and Alexa, HoloLens solves IoT context issues because it can detect where you are and what you're looking at—while eliminating the awkward verbal commands and letting users use common gestures they're already familiar with, like the flicking of a light switch.
Chuck Fletcher (@chuckfletcher) is Technology Director for the Razorfish Emerging Experiences team, based in our New York office. Header image created by Felisberto Piazza from the Noun Project.