7 DIY Cellular-Based IoT Applications

Tinkerers on the site Hackster.io and elsewhere are coming up with creative IoT technologies that rely on cellular connectivity.

Brian Buntz

July 5, 2016

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One thing that has held back the Internet of Things is the wireless signals themselves. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 can support a signal of roughly 300 feet outdoors, which would fall short for monitoring, say, drones or for many industrial or agricultural applications. 

The startup Particle wants to help popularize cellular-based IoT applications with its Electron cellular development board offered with an SIM card and a budget-conscious data plan.

Developers are already at work using the technology for everything from industrial monitoring and resource management to tracking drivers’ habits. Here are seven examples that use Particle’s cellular-based Electron kit:

About the Author(s)

Brian Buntz

Brian is a veteran journalist with more than ten years’ experience covering an array of technologies including the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, and cybersecurity. Before coming to Penton and later Informa, he served as the editor-in-chief of UBM’s Qmed where he overhauled the brand’s news coverage and helped to grow the site’s traffic volume dramatically. He had previously held managing editor roles on the company’s medical device technology publications including European Medical Device Technology (EMDT) and Medical Device & Diagnostics Industry (MD+DI), and had served as editor-in-chief of Medical Product Manufacturing News (MPMN).

At UBM, Brian also worked closely with the company’s events group on speaker selection and direction and played an important role in cementing famed futurist Ray Kurzweil as a keynote speaker at the 2016 Medical Design & Manufacturing West event in Anaheim. An article of his was also prominently on kurzweilai.net, a website dedicated to Kurzweil’s ideas.

Multilingual, Brian has an M.A. degree in German from the University of Oklahoma.

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