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Bug Labs is a technology company headquartered in New York City that began by developing and selling open-source hardware peripherals for rapid prototyping of electronic devices. The company, founded in April 2006, developed a Lego-like hardware platform that technology enthusiasts, hobbyists and engineers used to create their own digital devices. Currently, the company develops software and firmware in order to connect devices to the internet, and has partnerships with several Fortune 100 companies, including mobile phone operators, to ignite invention of new kinds of wireless devices.
Bug Labs recently announced a new data sharing utility for the Internet of Things called dweet.io. dweet.io is a simple and lightweight messaging service for devices. It requires no setup or sign in, just publish and go. Send data from your thing to the cloud by "dweeting" it with a simple HAPI-REST web API. You can also play with dweet.io using their API console.
To coincide with dweet.io, Bug Labs next released a visualization tool called Freeboard. The purpose of this tool is similar to dweet.io; to make it simple to connect devices and view the data they provide. Users can connect HTTP, JSON, or a dweet-connected device to the tool and view real-time data in seconds.
Up next for Bug Labs is an alerts service which aims to turn the IOT notification landscape up-side-down.
The mantra for Bug Labs is simple. If you make IOT easy enough for everyone, eventually everyone will be able to do it themselves.
- Brustein, Joshua (April 26, 2011). "One on One: Peter Semmelhack of Bug Labs". Bits. The New York Times.