Internet of Things in five words: sensor, monkey, radio, Cloud, Paris

Government use of sensors may be a portal for connected devices. If you want to build your own Internet of Things, try the toy Monkey Hack.

Digi International, a company that makes software and hardware systems for the Internet of Things (IoT) has a step-by-step guide to create an alert device using its postage stamp-size XBee wireless radio.

You will need a few other parts, and a little soldering to attach a battery-powered cymbal playing monkey to a wireless network and Internet. But once it’s connected, the fun begins. In this case (see instructions and video), the cymbal banging toy monkey can be integrated into an alert system to notify, an IT department , for instance, that “the call center is down.”

The cymbal monkey hints at the creativity involved with the IoT. … (Read more)