UK startup WiFithing has announced an open source IoT solution, WiFithing, designed to enable users to set up simple or complex relationships between smart devices in their home or workplace.
WiFithing can monitor any sensor and control any electronically operated device without the need to write any software.
The idea is the brainchild of former technology lawyer David Griffiths and technology investor and entrepreneur Edward Forwood, who co-founded email archiving software company, KVS, which sold for $225m (£155m) in 2004. The company has launched a Kickstarter campaign at CES, in a bid to raise a minimum of £25,000 to launch the platform.
WiFithing is securely encrypted, and will launch with 50 pre-written applications such as setting up zone controlled heating, opening gates or counting the number of store visitors. The company says that enthusiasts and experts will be able to design and start their own smart device connections in less than 10 minutes using the WiFithing website and open API.
Manufactured in the UK, WiFithing works out of the box as a complete software and hardware package with no programming skills required. Setting up the WiFithing device automatically builds a bespoke website for each user, which allows for simple drop-downs to create their smart combinations. WiFithing and all connected ‘slave’ devices can then be controlled via a personal control panel on the user’s desktop, tablet or smartphone.
“WiFithing is very easy to use with virtually no limits for customization,” said co-founder, Edward Forwood. “It can be a finished product for some users or the starting point for ambitious development of others. With WiFithing we look to become the IoT platform of choice for enthusiasts and experts alike, so we call on Kickstarter backers to help us move forward beyond our final phase of development.”