“Project Things” aspires to change the future of IoT
Mozilla has just announced the launch of an open framework that aspires to connect all devices to the web in a secure, private and interoperable manner.
Mozilla has been working for over a year on “Project Things”, a project that aimed to create a software and services framework that would overpass the communication issues between the connected devices. And they succeeded!
On the 6th of February, 2018 Mozilla announced the launch of the framework that would make it possible for anyone to build their own Things Gateway using a Raspberry Pi.
It’s free, it’s easy and it’s designed in a way so that anyone, not just for those with a huge amount of technical knowledge, can use it to directly monitor and control all their smart devices over the web. No more need to have a different app for every single one of your smart devices; you can now control your home through a single secure web interface.
Source: Building the Web of Things
Let’s have a closer look at what you would need to get started!
- First things first – get a Raspberry Pi® single board computer!
- Developer board – a laptop, a desktop computer or other smart home devices that use protocols like Zigbee or Zwave, are also compatible.
- MicroSD card – recommending an at least 4GB microSD card that you will need in order to flash the software.
- “Things” – check out the full list of all the compatible devices.
- Software – you need to download the software image for Things Gateway 0.3 and flash it on the SD card.
Mozilla provides a detailed tutorial on how to set up the gateway for the first time. Check it out here.
But the evolution of “Project Things” does not end here. Mozilla already announced that their next release will include adapters for connecting an even bigger number of existing smart home devices to the Web of Things. What’s more, the organization is working on collecting a number of different software libraries in different programming languages in order to help developers build their own native web things.
“At Mozilla our mission is to ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all. An Internet that truly puts people first, where individuals can shape their own experience and are empowered, safe and independent.”
Ben Francis, software engineer at Mozilla
The organization, true to its mission is calling out to all hackers who want to contribute in the “Project Things”, help resolve issues and fix bugs or suggest new features.
IoT is a concept that presents us with endless possibilities and opportunities, as well as risks. Mozilla’s project appears aspiring and promising in dealing with the interoperability risks. It remains to be seen how much further the Web of Things can evolve and how the open source community will deal with any future obstacles.