Get your offline devices talking directly to the web — no internet connection required.
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the ever-growing network of
physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity, and the
communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled
devices and systems. The Internet of Things extends internet connectivity
beyond traditional devices like desktop and laptop computers, smartphones and
tablets to a diverse range of devices and everyday things that utilize
embedded technology to communicate and interact with the external environment,
all via the Internet.
Cisco defines the Internet of Everything (IoE) as bringing together
people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant
and valuable than ever before — turning information into actions that create
new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity
for businesses, individuals, and countries
But what about all those many devices that don’t have, and won’t have, network
connectivity? How can an autonomous device without any form of connectivity
speak to that central network of interconnected devices, or to the ‘central
brain’ in the cloud?
Chirp already has the world’s leading technology for sharing data between
devices over sound, but we didn’t want to stop there.
Last month we show-cased our most advanced new SDKs embedded into our smallest low-power chipset ever, and we called it Baby Chirp:
Our team of expert technologists have now developed a prototype technology
that does exactly that. Without any connection — whether Bluetooth, Wi-Fi,
cellular or other — it allows any autonomous or disconnected device to speak,
interact with, and send data directly to the network, or even directly into a
website, without having to go through the cloud at all. The network can now
decode new data itself, in real-time.
We named this project “Web Whisperer” , and it marks the birth of a new
way to bridge the divide between any device that can be connected to the wider
IoT, and all those devices that can’t:
We were so exuberant with how well this performed on its maiden tests that we
decided to give it the ultimate test, and brought in the big guns… Baby
Chirp — a little device completely disconnected from the network but with a
very powerful voice. We asked her to perform one more time, and this time she
sang directly to the world wide web:
What our team have achieved here is truly groundbreaking — one of many
groundbreaking innovations this incredible team have created. Project “Web
Whisperer” has so many real-life applications, and we are delighted to have a
long waiting list of clients specifically in the areas of Industrial IoT,
Medical IoT, and the Toy and Entertainment industries, who have been so
supportive of what we have been working on. Patiently waiting, and in many
cases, working with our team to develop the next generation of technologies to
inspire object to object communications, our clients continue to inspire us to
bridge the gaps in our ever-increasing connected world.
The team at Chirp would love to hear from any readers of this post with your
thoughts, ideas, or general comments about our new prototype, and any of our
various solutions and creations you may have seen on here. We are so excited
about the role Chirp is playing in the wider world, enabling our clients and
partners to do things in new inspiring ways, and in creating unique new