The Internet of (Spooky) Things

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While I’m a bit tired of the buzzword “The Internet of Things,” I am intrigued by the concept. Cheap radios and microcontrollers are making it affordable (almost) to connect our things to the network. At first it was the big ticket items like security systems, programmable thermostats, and media sharing. The list of connected things is now expanding to include individual light bulbs, door locks, temperature sensors, and sprinkler systems.

Now the Internet of Things is expanding to holiday decorations and allows the innovative geek to put together a scary combination of light, sound, and motion, easily controlled from any device with a web browser. Texas Instruments has put together a cool video showcasing some of their wireless technologies and how they can be used to scare your Halloween visitors this year. It’s a bit corny, but worth the time.

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