"Judging by the creativity and popularity of our customers' projects, I believe we have incredible potential," said Jason Winters, President of ioBridge. "People are making household power monitors that chart real-time usage on blogs. The ioBridge platform is being used to make interactive aquariums, Twittering kitchen appliances, and iPhone-controlled garage doors and locks. Ease of use was one of our main design goals. Nothing demonstrates that better than discovering an Internet-operated dog food dispenser created by a middle school student."
The IO-204 Monitor & Control Module eliminates the need to run a local web server, track dynamic IP addresses, or even open firewall ports. Once the IO-204 is networked using Ethernet, the module operates over an encrypted connection with ioBridge web services. This connection establishes a gateway to handle monitoring and remote control with devices connected to the IO-204.
By itself, the IO-204 Monitor & Control Module can control digital outputs and monitor both digital and analog inputs. However, more advanced functions are capable through a suite of interface boards that allow for instant project integration. Interface boards are available for relay control, temperature measurement, servo control, X10 home automation, and serial communication.
ioBridge modules tie into integrated web services hosted by ioBridge.com allowing for web-based configuration, control, and real-time monitoring. Access to the module is compatible with web browsers and mobile devices such as the BlackBerry and iPhone. ioBridge acts as a hub for module-to-module connections, allowing for interconnected projects spanning the globe. Supported web services include event-based text and email messaging alerts, Twitter and UberNote integration, and data reporting with Google Charts.
Web widgets, used for monitoring inputs or controlling outputs, are created using step-by-step wizards to eliminate complex microcontroller and web programming. ioBridge offers a secure dashboard to access widgets and copy-and-paste embed codes to drop widgets into existing web pages. Users have the ability to extend the system using an open API for desktop and web application integration.
ioBridge is supported by an active community of developers and users. Collectively, they have created projects featured in Popular Science, Digg, Wired, Instructables, Hack-a-Day, and Make.