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Internet of Things Contest (aka The Easiest Contest Ever) 23

Posted by Hans Scharler,

To celebrate our 300th ThingSpeak channel, we are announcing, “The Easiest Contest Ever”.

All you have to do is build a project using a ThingSpeak web service, take a photo (if it applies), and writeup a description / how-to on your blog, Instructables, or email us the details. We are giving away 20 gift certificates to SparkFun valued at $50 each.

Internet of Things Contest

Some ideas: Use a USB data logger with ThingSpeak Importer, track a car using ThingSpeak geolocation services, create a mashup using ThingSpeak Plugins…wait…we have said too much. We want to be surprised by what you come up with, so feel free to get creative.

Disclaimer: All entries will be published on the ThingSpeak Community Blog and selection is based on meeting the described criteria. All rulings are at the final discretion of the ThingSpeak team members. Let’s see how crazy this will get!

Coming soon: We have some exciting things in store for you. Users have been asking for an index of public channels, so we are going to add a searchable project index soon. This week we will be announcing the beta release of a new application built on the ThingSpeak platform.

23 CommentsOldest to Newest

thingspeak replied on : 2 of 23

Congrats – you are our first winner. The blog post is excellent. I will add a link from our tutorials page for Python scripting. Thanks!

Evan Teitelman replied on : 5 of 23

Hopefully I’m not too late.
Here’s my project: paradoxial

It’s a random number generator.

bill welch replied on : 7 of 23

Here’s my entry: http://bvwelch.com/?p=195

It monitors the disk space on my server so I can quickly see if disk space is low… It is a modification of Chris’s nice cpu applet, and I also graph it on my WordPress blog.

To be practical, I only update once an hour, so it will take a few days before the graph looks nice.

Note I do give Chris full credit for the original idea, but I hope I’ve shown a useful variation and folks will think — ‘hey I can do better than that’.

Jamie replied on : 13 of 23

Here is my project! Thanks for the great service ThingSpeak! I look forward to all the future use. Check my blog for more details on the project.

Jamie replied on : 14 of 23

Here is my project. It currently is monitoring my attic temperature and computer closet in my basement. I plan to have several other sensors throughout the house and outside in an effort to make my house more efficient. Check my blog for more details and information about the project.

Harrison replied on : 16 of 23

Here is my project:
It’s an ethernet connected ‘weather station’ that uploads temperature and humidity data to ThingSpeak. It uses a Propeller Chip and a SHT11 sensor and is completely self contained only requiring an Ethernet connection (no PC needed).

BTW: I love ThingSpeak. I used to use rrdtool and a custom PHP frontend to graph sensor data. It wasn’t nearly as flexible or ‘cool’ as ThingSpeak.

ibtek replied on : 20 of 23

For Arduino powered devices, your API is sooo nice to work with! I can think of a million things to try but alas there is only so much time.

Rob Myers replied on : 21 of 23

Here’s my entry, a script that keeps track of the colours in my studio,

complete with jQuery display of the data as suggested. 🙂

Lars Schumann replied on : 22 of 23

I might be late, but here is my weather station:

I used an Arduino, but I did not want to use the Ethernet Shield. The data is sent out over the serial port. A Processing sketch is listening to the serial port, graphs everything, and sends the data to ThingSpeak every 5 minutes. It shows how to connect to ThingSpeak in Processing (basically Java).

willnue replied on : 23 of 23

I hope I’m not too late to the party!

My project involves a 1-Wire temperature network in combination with a Windows application I built called Seriot to log the data and send it to ThingSpeak. The application supports any serial device and supports running in Interactive, background and batch modes. See the charts link below for my latest sensor readings.

Temperature Sensor Network:

Seriot logging application:



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