Not just for the birds…
Xavier Burger, a 14 year old from New Zealand had an idea: to monitor his bird’s activity.
“I am doing this because recently my pet bird died and we think it was due to heat or him falling off his perch. So I decided to look for a solution and was recommended the Thinxtra Xkit devkit. This Xkit is great by the way, I really like how it comes packed with sensors and can be programmed with an Arduino!” says Xavier.
“This is perfect for such a little project to monitor your pet bird’s cage. The temperature sensor is good enough to make sure that the cage is not too hot, and the 3D accelerometer sensor (currently only using y axis -will add x and z later- is to make sure that the bird has not fallen.” Added Xavier.
What started as a simple idea, became a real project with a sophisticated flow chart. After a bit of tweaking and programming support from the Thinxtra team, the solution went live and started sending data to its platform.
The Xkit sends the temperature and y axis values via the Sigfox cloud every ten minutes, which transfers it over to his website http://birdcage.azurewebsites.net. It also sends those values if there is any unusual level of movement.
To give it a bit of a finished touch, Xavier re-used the packaging box of the Xkit as the box for the solution. A hole for the antenna, 4 cable zip ties to attach it to the bird cage, and voila:
Well done Xavier. Happy to count you among our long list of Xkit users, and the youngest one at that!
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Thinxtra Releases the Xkit – the Most Versatile Sigfox Global Devkit
Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things (IoT) in Asia Pacific by deploying Sigfox technology, the world-leading provider of connectivity for the IoT, as well as building a full eco-system of partners providing IoT solutions and services to enable the non-connected to connect, to increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service and quality of life, and find more economical solutions to common problems.
Sigfox is a global network designed to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox’ unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability.
Thinxtra is backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Ltd, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years as well as the CEFC (Clean Energy Finance Corporation), an Australian government fund with a mission to accelerate local transformation towards a more competitive economy in a carbon constrained world.
For more information, contact:
Renald Gallis – VP Marketing and Ecosystem
[email protected] +61 404 894 960