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AWS... I-O-Mr-T

Nothing signals tough, action-ready, adventurous tech like a wholly opportunistic reference to an iconic 80s TV show which is only remembered for one - and only one - character.  So we're pleased to announce our brand new blog series curiously entitled I-O-Mr-T, in which we continue to expand our eclectic repertoire of intrepid, outdoor IoT experiments by shamelessly drawing parallels with the one and only B. A. Baracus.

Moreover, there has been quite a bit of interest generated in our previous series - I-O-Tea - in which we clumsily navigated around the AWS IoT portfolio by magically concocting use cases that bordered on the absurd (think: avocados on fire, tracking empty margarine tubs and catching bin-raiding animals in the act).  Yet, we somewhat surprisingly managed to demonstrate everything from AWS IoT Core to IoT Analytics, and from IoT Greengrass to IoT Events.  And all those random bits in between.

In other words, rather unexpectedly, we discovered an audience for our eccentric brand of IoT curiosity-making centred around AWS IoT.  A hobby, which is about to be juxtaposed big time with our other love; of the outdoors.

So let's heed the great bard's advice, and take this bewildering show on tour across the British countryside.

Let's go outside (let's go outside)
In the sunshine
I know you want to, but you can't say yes

1Gold fillingGoing offline for a while? No problem. Use a local SQLite database to cache sensor data, and dispatch them to AWS IoT Core when next connected to the Wild Wild Web.
2Castle Track-a-lotUse our old friend DynamoDB to house metadata about surrounding locations. And use it to make our re-enactment of the Arthurian legend against the backdrop of the Somerset countryside more interactive. Using location-based services, of course.
3Chariots of WireStrap up some IMUs. Then, run like some EMUs. Use an ESP32 together with an accelerometer and a gyroscope to record what your legs are doing. Because, why not?
4Athlete's FootnoteStore some IMU readings in InfluxDB. And use them to analyse the anatomy of a 2-minute toilet break using Grafana, Pandas and Matplotlib.
5SD:S3 The Untold Love StoryStory of how Harry the SD card met Ally the S3 bucket. Store sensor readings on a SD card before zooming them up to AWS S3 using IoT Core and Greengrass.
6Rage:MKRWe're going to interrogate our AWS IoT Analytics data using QuickSight and Jupyter Notebooks, then poorly execute a bit of machine learning on our helpless IoT data with the help of Scikit-learn.
7Battle of BLEtainThis is our farcical attempt at recreating the realities of modern day social media... using the (low)powers of Bluetooth and MicroPython on ESP32. With a totally unexpected tangent on Real-Time Clocks.
8Bruce's Site is WiseThis is how Bruce keeps his illegal confectionery business under control using AWS IoT SiteWise.
9Unreal TVLet's measure indoor air quality using a SGP30 sensor and broadcast its readings to the world using AWS IoT, S3, CloudFront and Cognito!



LoRa-Wan Kenobi

In the regurgitated words of Michael BublĂ©: It's a new dawn .  It's a new day .  It's a new Star Wars film .  For me .  And I'm (George Lucas, and I'm) feeling good .  Unfortunately for Canadian Mike, the Grammy that year was won by the novelty disco classic with the famous refrain: We love IoT, even in Planet Tatooine * . *Not true. Clearly, the Star Wars producers didn't sincerely mean the last Jedi the previous time around.  Return of the Jedi, released during the decade that spearheaded cultural renaissance 2.0 with the mullet and hair-metal , was less economic with the truth.  Either way, we're going to take inspiration from the impressive longevity of the money-spinning space-opera and reboot our franchise with some Jedi mind tricks.  Except this particular flick doesn't require an ever-growing cast of unrecognisable characters, unless ASCII or UTF counts.  In place of an ensemble gathering of Hollywood stars and starlets, we will b

Battle of BLEtain

The trolling . The doxing . An army of perplexing emojis. And endless links to the same - supposedly funny - viral video of a cat confusing a reflection from a dangling key for a golden hamster, while taking part in the mice bucket challenge. Has social media really been this immense force for good? Has it actually contributed significantly to the continued enlightenment of the human (or feline) race? In order to answer these poignant existential questions about the role of prominent platforms such as Critter, StinkedIn and Binterest, employing exceptional scientific rigour equal to that demonstrated by Theranos , we're going to set up a ground-breaking experiment using the Bluetooth Low Energy feature of MicroPython v1.12, and two ESP32 development boards with inexplicable hatred for one another.  And let them hurl quintessentially British expressions (others call them abuse) at each other like two Wiltshire residents who have had their internet access curbed by the co

Hard grapht

You would all be forgiven for assuming that bar , pie and queue line are favourite pastimes of the British .  Yet, in fact – yes, we did learn this back in GCSE maths – they are also mechanisms through which meaningless, mundane data of suspect origin can be given a Gok Wan -grade makeover, with the prime objective of padding out biblical 187-page PowerPoint presentations and 871-page Word reports (*other Microsoft productivity tools are available).  In other words, documents that nobody has the intention of ever reading.  But it becomes apparent over the years; this is perhaps the one skill which serves you well for a lifetime in certain careers.  In sales.  Consultancy.  Politics.  Or any other profession in which the only known entry requirement is the ability to chat loudly over a whizzy graph of dubious quality and value, preferably while frantically waving your arms around. Nevertheless, we are acutely conscious of the fact that we have spent an inordinate amount