I'm from MIT working with a team to produce a piece of gateway hardware in the same spirit as RaspberryPi and the Spark Electron that would let you monitor/control almost anything with some programming and additional meters.
The product has a linux embedded ARM9 CPU module and an arduino-compatible chip on the piggyback extension breadboard. It can be plugged into any 110/230 VAC power supply, so it would be located in a house or yard.
Unlike many current products, our hardware can communicate with GSM/GPRS, giving it the power to send alerts and receive commands from your phone rather than just via wifi.
Are there situations you find that you would need such a product, and wifi communication just wouldn't cut it?
We are trying to test the out the demand for the product, which can only be used by people who can code (or are willing to learn), as it will not include software.
A few examples:
- Monitor/control the lights/heating in your cabin in the woods that doesn't have wifi from anywhere
- Communicate temporary codes to your security system (for Air bnb users, cleaners) on a secure network. Receive alerts when they arrive/leave
- Monitor moisture of the soil in your garden (where you don't have wifi) and automatically start sprinklers when the plants need water
We would love your input, thanks! Any and all ideas welcome (no matter how crazy) :D