Big Apple: NY IoT Central Meetup; Maker Faire New York

Rachel Bennett

Rachel Bennett

October 9, 2015

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Team Kinoma flew across the country for two great events: the New York IoT Central Meetup and Maker Faire New York.

Meetup: developing with IoT platforms

IoT Central, a meetup based in Manhattan, invited Kinoma and MediaTek Labs to present development platforms for the Internet of Things. Peter Hoddie discussed the importance of bringing the maker manifesto and open source to IoT. He also made the case for adopting Kinoma technology when prototyping IoT products by highlighting its key benefits, including the ability to script for hardware, and the path from product idea to mass production on the same chipset.

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Kinoma’s first meetup in New York certainly gave a warm welcome, with a very engaged audience, a ton of great questions, and true NY pizza pie. Thank you to Mitchell Golner for arranging the event, and for being a gracious host to those of us from Silicon Valley.

Maker Faire New York: robots, visual programming, and gamification

The majority of our weekend was spent in Queens, in the Maker Pavilion of World Maker Faire New York. We had a blast! We were excited to show new demos that illustrate what’s possible with JavaScript for connected devices, implementation of emerging protocols such as CoAP, integration with cloud services, and an experiment in visual programming that makes it all even more accessible than ever before to the new maker.

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Crowd pleasers

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Engaging demos is what it’s all about at MFNY, and we brought some popular attractions:

  • Tank Bot gave MFNY attendees the chance to drive a robot with motors and controllers powered by Kinoma Create. Kinoma’s Makers in Residence built a mini tank and controllers using two Kinoma Create devices that communicate over CoAP. Rotate potentiometers effect the voltage outputted, and the changes in voltage are translated to varying speeds and direction of the robot. A Kinoma Create is used to interpret varying voltage values and send motor commands to another Kinoma Create hooked up to a mini tank. We covered a lot of ground — figuratively and literally — with Tank Bot.


  • Blockly is a client-side JavaScript library for building visual programming editors, first introduced by Google at a Maker Faire in 2012. We are testing an implementation of Blockly for KinomaJS, for developers to script KinomaJS apps for Kinoma hardware in a visual way. While this is still exploratory, we couldn’t resist bringing it to MFNY. We’re experimenting with how developers can create apps for their Kinoma hardware with blocks, and then see the code it generates as a way to learn how to program with KinomaJS. We’re also testing how it could speed up scripting for Kinoma hardware.

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  • Fingerprint Lock integrates a TTL fingerprint scanner with a 5v solenoid to prototype a home security system. The project—very popular with MFNY attendees of all ages—registers and stores authorized fingerprints on the scanner. Authorized fingerprints can then unlock the door controlled by the solenoid. The prototype was first demonstrated at Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 and shows how to control the fingerprint scanner via a serial BLL and the solenoid using a digital output. The prototype also shows how to integrate the Kinoma Create full screen keyboard, play sounds, build scrolling lists and display rotated graphics.


  • Monster Match builds on top of the I2C-NFC sample by using the same Adafruit PN532 NFC/RFID Controller shield to create an interactive game that makes use of the NFC cards as a “controller.” The player places a card on the reader and is able to select an avatar (a friendly monster!) from more than a dozen options. The program takes advantage of the fact that data can also be written to an NFC card and uses it as a storage medium: the player’s choice is effectively serialized onto the card as JSON data, and the card can now be brought to another Kinoma Create where the companion project is running to proceed with gameplay. The visualizations of wins or losses are connected to a TV via a Mac Mini and WebSockets.

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  •, out of Manhattan, was a guest in Kinoma’s Maker Faire New York booth. They introduced Ship IoT, a solution for enterprise and industrial customers, enabling IoT solutions to be quickly built based on a core set of data services. To demonstrate the power of Kinoma Create combined with cloud services, they used a temperature sensor suitable for giving a very precise reading on our favorite beverage—coffee! As described in their blog post about the event, data from the temperature sensor was captured by an attached Kinoma Create device, sent through PubNub, and routed to data services,, and Circonus.

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Another bite

The Kinoma team was thrilled to have opportunity to bring our IoT prototyping platform to NYC. Thank you everyone at the IoT Central meetup and at Maker Faire New York for the warm welcome. We look forward to returning, and taking another bite out of the Big Apple.