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Sessions at Open Source Bridge 2011 about Location

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Thursday 23rd June 2011

  • Location-Based Hacks - How to Automate Your Life with SMS and GPS

    by Amber Case and Aaron Parecki

    Have you ever wanted to automatically turn on your lights when you get home, or turn them back off when you leave? What about controlling your lights by SMS or IRC? Aaron Parecki and Amber Case have been living in a smart home controlled by mobile devices and their locations for the last year. The house is filled with sensors and networks for collecting all sorts of information and automated processes. They'll show you some of the expensive smart homes of the past, and how the same effects can be achieved with microcontrollers, 20-year-old technologies, and the mobile phone you currently have.

    This presentation will cover a number of fun DIY elements of home automation using GPS, SMS, location sharing, geotriggers, Geonotes and other mashups that can be done using mobile location, IRC and SMS as control hubs. We'll also cover advanced geolocation triggers and messaging based on the real-time location platform and API we built, and how it can be used to build apps that can notify people automatically when you land at an airport, or automatically text message your kids when you're there to pick them up from school.

    At 1:30pm to 2:15pm, Thursday 23rd June

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