Category: IoT

IoT Home Thermostats – NEST and now connects and logs your home thermostat data!

Your NEST thermostat is likelyWiFi connected. can be authorized by interfacing through NEST to read your thermostat data!

By adding a new Thing, you can link your NEST thermostat and will record your NEST data such as how much you are heating, what the temperature is, what the humidity is, etc.

Potential use cases:

  • Monitor how many hours your furnace has been on so you know when to order more heating fuel
  • Monitor the rate your home loses heat to learn how well insulated your home is
  • Keep a record of the temperature or humidity in your home

Features being added in the future:

  • Connect to Honeywell thermostats
  • Download your data
  • More advanced alerts
  • Advanced temperature control events triggered on any IoT data

New Online IoT Service in development –

A platform for managing and integrating general IoT systems is being developed.  The website provides a way for users to register and describe their IoT devices.  Using a REST API, data sent to the is logged and managed for users.

Using channels and “Thinkers” a user can trigger various actions and do some basic processing based on the data being sent from the IoT devices.  These can include simple tasks such as sending email alerts, or actually sending messages to other IoT devices to take an action.  A simple example is a thermostat application which turns heating and cooling on and off based on numerous temperature sensors providing input.

Data sent to can also be analyzed using machine learning algorithms in batch mode to develop insights over longer time scales.  One possibility is to use distributed temperature sensors around a house to determine which locations have poorer thermal insulation, or even to measure the thermal insulation value of a home.

The key is that having a general and easy to use platform with a simple user interface allows users to be creative in their use of IoT devices.