HIWTHI (Home is where the heart is) is an wifi connected light used to display a family members distance from their home. The brightness of the light acts as a visual representation of a members position. The further away you are the dimmer the light, by placing your hand on the heart thoughts can be sent out reminding the family member of home.

How it works:

The light is constructed of a wooden frame with a perspex face, inside is a strip of led’s connected to an electric imp which acts as the brains connecting the light over wifi.

The light is connected to a users mobile device via an app which sends through location data at timed intervals. This data is then used to set the brightness of the light. The closer you are to home the brighter the light gets giving family members an indication of your location.

A proximity sensor sits inside the light so when someone places a hand on the heart a message is pushed out via a notification system to the mobile device. Currently famous quotes about ‘The Home’ are sent out, but future builds will allow more custom messaging.

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Home Is Where The Heart Is

HIWTHI is an idea i’ve been working on for a little while at UBINOW. It combines two of my passions mobile development and physical computing and gives me a great excuse to get some hands on experience with some cool tech like the electric imp

The ‘Heart’ is a light that sits at the centre of the home and depending on its brightness will display how far a family member is away from that location. The accompanying app uses the phone GPS to track the users location whilst they are away from home and passes this data to the server. The server then calculates the distance from the home and sends the information down to the electric imp which then sets the brightness of the light.

If the light has been dull for a while you can touch the heart and a notification is sent to the phone displaying a quote or thought about home and its importance in your life.



Mobile Creatives 4 – Second Screen


Last week saw the 4th Mobile Creatives meetup take place organised by UBINOW. This time round we decided to theme the event choosing the topic of Second Screen. Not necessarily a new concept i think we are now starting to see it really gain traction within the industry and more and more agencies considering it as an integral part of their campaigns.

With talks from Tom Campbell (Yummi Media), Robin Morley (Zeebox), Johan Stahle (Monterosa) and Sanjit Atwal (Squawka) we certainly covered all areas of the subject. The four speakers presented to a packed out venue at the BBH London offices and made the event our most successful to date.

Thanks to BBH London for putting on a great spread of food and drink and we hope to be back soon with some updates about future events


Getting started with the electric imp


Part of an internal project i am currently working on at ubinow requires a device (Lamp) to have a wireless connection. I’ll post more details of the project at a later date, but for now i just want to use this blog as a way of documenting some my progress and findings.

I’m no electronic expert so starting out in this area was a little bit of a mine field. I looked at Arduino + wifi shield , Raspberry Pi + wifi dongle and also some bluetooth options. A lot of these options worked out quite expensive or required a greater knowledge of electronics than i currently have. Finally i came across the electric imp, which is a very cool little piece of hardware. Taken from their site this sums up what the electric imp does:

“The imp is a powerful, yet tiny, hardware module that works with the imp Cloud to provides seamless and customisable connectivity and device management. Our solution gives your customers the simplest WiFi setup using our patent-pending BlinkUp technology, and with connectivity you’ll be able to monitor the health and activity of your devices in the field and roll-out updates at anytime… and from anywhere.”

First impressions have been very positive, its very quick to get up and running and of course the first thing i did was hook up and led and get it blinking. Developing in the browser is a little tedious at times but i can live with that. Thorough documentation can be found over at their site to help you get started.

One of the parts of the project requires a notification to be sent to a phone when a user presses a physical button, so this is what i am working on next and will post some code + details in the next post.