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Summary:

For anyone interested in the internet of things, Skynet, an open source instant messaging service for connected devices (and services) is a powerful tool worth understanding. Check it out.

Chris Matthieu, the founder of Skynet.
photo: Chris Matthieu

Chris Matthieu, the creator of Skynet, a communications platform for the internet of things hopes his creation doesn’t turn out like its namesake. But after watching a video where he was able to control a fleet of three drones using a Leap Motion controller and the Skynet platform, I’m a little concerned. This platform is both simple and powerful enough, that the thought of it becoming both self-aware and vengeful is only sort of crazy.

Matthieu’s open source project aims to let disparate devices communicate via a variety of protocols including MQTT and WebSockets, it also can support Node.js or Javascript environments. Eventually non-programmers like myself could use Skynet to create a platform that lets me program the real and online worlds in a way that’s far more powerful than If This Then That (IFTTT) or Zapier. The end result is a flexible piece of open source software that can connect to everything from servers to sensors. There’s a lot here, so we go pretty deep, but I think this is something worth learning about (and playing with) if you are at all interested in connecting our world.

As a side note, Kevin Tofel and I didn’t do an intro segment this week because I’ve been out sick for a few days. We’ll be back next week, but in the meantime, check out Skynet.

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Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Chris Mattieu, creator and founder of Skynet

  • What is Skynet? Should I panic?
  • Skynet isn’t just about device, but servers and other nodes too!
  • Let’s dive into how this works.
  • Using Node.red, SMS and Skynet to control the world and build a better IFTTT
  • But how will this make money?

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  1. Something for Apple to look into for Coonected Home project.

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