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Peace, Love, APIs, and … Bicycles

Aug 05, 2014



It’s a hassle when your bike gets stolen. But what if you could foil a thief with a few swipes and taps on your smartphone?

Swisscom partnered with electric bike maker Stromer to develop a digitally connected eBike, the Stromer ST2. The ST2 lets owners remotely communicate with their bike via their smarphones. They can track statistics like performance, location, and battery status, lock and unlock their bike remotely, and even activate “theft mode,” which makes the bike virtually impossible to ride.

This is the kind of advance that proves the IoT is becoming much more than a buzzword; it’s a force that’s changing the market. The Stromer eBike is just one of a growing list of IoT technologies to be showcased at an immersive exhibit at I ♥ APIs Sept. 8-10 in San Francisco.

Ford will showcase its OpenXC platform, which enables DIY applications and pluggable modules for connected cars. Zuli will display its smart plugs, which automatically adjust lights and appliances in response to individual preferences and presence based on smartphone proximity. Tessel will show how its programmable microcontroller simplifies development for the IoT.

Apigee experts will be on hand to answer any questions you might have and help you find your place in the IoT. Apigee’s Brian Mulloy will also host an IoT session, “When APIs are Everywhere: The IoT & Big Apps,” on day two of the conference. Register for I ♥ APIs now!

For more on the IoT and how each connected device becomes part of a user’s “digital shadow,” check out our earlier post The Reality Beyond the IoT Hype.

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