I questioned myself how I could learn about and contribute to web 3.0. I thought a small project connecting a non-internet device to the internet and add some service would be nice. As I live in a house with a brand new heating and solar system which is not connected at all this looks like a promissing candidate for such a project. As far as I know the optimizing of energy delivery and consumption is not possible in this system set-up like it is right now. Connecting both systems to the internet and adding a service could be a solution.
So, I decided to start with an analysis service first. I’d like to answer the question: How is the heating system and the solar system controlled? How much energy do the deliver, require, and consume?
Technically, I have to get some sensor data to the internet. Does not sound that complicated. Let’s see…
If you belive that almost every device is connected to the internet that gives very interesting applications. Just imagine all temperatur sensors in heating and air conditioning systems deliver always the current and local temperature…
So, I deceided to connect my heating and solar system to a web-service. My application is to log the data and to improve the energy efficiency and the hand-shake of the two systems. Let’s see how complicated this gets and how practicale this can be.
Pachube (called „patch bay“) is a web-service with a world-wide accessable network of sensors from real objects or virtual entities like in second life. Pachube uses several well known concepts like Youtube, Google Maps, share charts and Blogs.
Pachube defines and uses the Extended Environments Markup Language (EEML) and a approriate EEML Processing library. For a more simpler access sensordata can also be send over CSV.
The project started in March 2007 managed and sponsored by the company Haque Design + Research with the following people:
- Usman Haque, creative director
- Sam Mulube, technical producer, website development
- Chris Leung, EEML developer
- Ai Hasegawa, designer
The world is full of electrical sensors. Each heating system, air conditioning, refrigerator, car, and laptops are full of them. I don’t understand why we don’t use this data source more…
Up to now I identified two possible standards to connect the world. One is a big consortium called Open Geospatial fueled by Google, NASA, and many more companies (see wikipedia). Anotherone is a small project called Pachube .
As this is not enough to connect sensors to the internet infrastructure we need also a embedded electronic and software platform like that from Sentilla.
After Web 2.0 looks like almost finished I was dreaming about Web 3.0. I guess then the internet will not only connect people with their PCs and handhelds but nearly every device that can be connected with reasonable costs to the internet. If this is really a future scenario I deceided Id like to participate actively in Web 3.0.
Hence, what means reasonable costs. Mhhm. Looks like this needs more investigation.