Meet Cayenne User, Brian Chee

Cayenne Community Highlights: Meet Brian Chee

At myDevices, we’re always excited to learn more about our users. Though a lot of our work consists in helping larger companies with their IoT needs, we enjoy discovering the creative ways our Cayenne users are building maker projects with our digital dashboard.

For our first user profile, we’re pleased to introduce Brian Chee, a Cayenne user from the Hawaiian Islands and techie who has experience working with IoT at many levels, including for the U.S. Government, through non-profits like the famous Interop Conferences and Maker Faire, and through ongoing research at his University of Hawaii laboratory. Brian has quite the curriculum vitae, and we can’t cover all of his accomplishments here, but wanted to focus on his experience with Cayenne, both from his interactions at Interop’s Demo Lab, and his volunteer work with students learning about STEM and IoT.

Being a motivated project maker, Brian discovered Cayenne after searching for “zero code Internet of Things” and began to explore it on his own. Seeing the potential Cayenne offers for makers and businesses, he decided to include it in his presentations at the Interop Conference Demo Lab in Las Vegas. Conference attendees representing various companies and cities were enthusiastic about the efficiency that a drag-and-drop dashboard could bring to their development, reducing time and other costs associated with programming and testing trials. Brian contacted us on social media, letting us know about the project ideas that conference attendees were discussing, and giving plenty of valuable feedback to our product team.

One use-case discussed was the installation of the Raspberry Pi computer and other low-cost sensors for monitoring environments and setting up automatically triggered actions and notifications when certain conditions were met. With a Raspberry Pi computer and a sensor, homeowners would be able to setup Cayenne to send email or SMS notifications when water leaks or HVAC failures were detected, and without the need to write any code. Companies and cities prototyping monitoring and alert systems for critical infrastructure could test their ideas and explore solutions with ease by using Cayenne’s automatic triggers and notifications interface on desktop or mobile. With technical and creative minds all in one place, conference attendees were able to tap into Brian’s experience to brainstorm more cost effective solutions to existing problems.

In addition to his research at University of Hawaii, Brian also volunteers his time to help students see how accessible the world of IoT can be with just a basic understanding of the concepts and hardware. Toward mid-summer, Brian will lead a Maker Faire session with students, introducing them to IoT using Cayenne. The students will each use a Raspberry Pi computer, a temperature sensor, and a power relay to set up a temperature-controlled habitat in a fish tank. They’ll set up triggers in the project dashboard to turn on the heater when the water becomes too cold, and to turn it off when it reaches the proper temperature. Cayenne allows students to visualize the way machines communicate with other machines, and to learn how “if/then” statements work, though without the the added complexities of writing such logic themselves.

Cayenne users span the globe and countless industries, but the common thread is that they are both technical and creative, a necessity for those who want to take advantage of IoT because of its range of application and the need to make hardware communicate and react to input. Brian’s background in IoT helped him to see the potential behind Cayenne as a project building tool, while his experience indicated that Cayenne could be useful to the types of companies and organizations that send representatives to Interop conferences. We look forward to following Brian’s work and volunteering in IoT and his development of Cayenne projects.

Cayenne is a drag-and-drop project builder for Raspberry Pi and Arduino, enabling users of all skill levels to take advantage of IoT and create their own automation projects. Sign up for a free account to start your next project, or download the app on Android or iOS.

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