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In this tutorial, we learn how to retrieve IoT temperature sensor data to Google Spreadsheets.

First of all, you need a system that can take sensor information and translate it into data to be processed. There are multiple options for that, but in this tutorial, we will look at a simple and cost-effective solution called Gravio.

If you don’t have Gravio yet, you get it in three easy steps:

  1. download your Gravio Studio from the MacOS App Store/iOS Store or Windows Store,
  2. create an account, sign up for the basic account and
  3. order your sensors from the sensor order portal.

In this tutorial, we learn how temperature sensor data is being recorded as time series records into a Google Sheet spreadsheet. …


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At Asteria, we are passionate about connecting the world. Our latest product, Gravio is designed to bridge the potential of the physical world with the power of software. We worked closely with our partner Kortical, a provider of AI and in London to test how far we can push it combining their AI/ML SaaS platform with our sensor data gathered with Gravio.

The Hypothesis

We wanted to find out how accurately we can predict the number of people in an office based on just one door sensor that detects door openings.

We also wanted to explore how the accuracy can be improved by mixing in other data sources such as the employee’s diaries indicating external meetings and public holidays. …


This is a generic tutorial on how to install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on a Raspberry Pi 4 including hooking it up to Wifi.

To give some context: the reason I wanted to set up the device is to run Gravio on it. Gravio is the IoT platform by Asteria Corporation, Japan. The vision of Gravio is to become an “Operating System for the Physical Space” by enabling everybody to create applications without any programming or software engineering knowledge.

Installing Ubuntu 20.04 LTS 64 bit on Raspberry Pi 4 (including setting up WiFi)

In order to get Gravio on the Raspberry Pi 4, we need to start with installing the 64 bit Ubuntu:

  1. Download the latest ARM 64 bit image from…


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In our latest hackathon, we explored how the nascent IoT industry and its connected things and spaces challenge the status quo of our times, the way we live, or the way we interact with each other and technology.

We believe hackathons and workshops are a great way to explore new ideas that often span industries and lead to unexpected discoveries. We have had exclusive access to Asteria’s IoT Gravio platform. And since it comes out of the box with a number of sensors and smart devices, as well as an Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning layer, our latest hackathon in the UK was dedicated to IoT.

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Gravio Sensors available for the Hackathon

The prompts we set out were quite broad and focused on three impact areas:

  1. How can IoT tackle the challenges of an ageing population, one of the key challenges our society faces?
  2. How can IoT change the way some of our partners, clients and their customers in the retail space operate? …


As you will be aware, Amazon has discontinued the famous Dash Button as of March 2019. This is sad, as I really like the simplicity of a button.

But I have found that with Gravio.com, there is a great alternative, that allows you to connect low energy consumption buttons (up to 2 years on one button battery) to any API you would wish to. It’s not a free service, but at £3.99 a month for 4 sensors of your choice, it’s quite affordable.

Unfortunately Amazon does not have an open API to trigger purchases/orders, however, you could use a service like Zinc to do so. But I don’t want to pay Zinc’s $100/month minimum fee, therefore let’s connect the button to other cool stuff, shall we? …


In this tutorial, you will learn how to DIY your own burglar alarm system using a IoT edge computing platform called Gravio.

Earlier this year, on a boring night at home, I happened to stumble across a documentary on TV. It was about a burglar, who decided to quit burglary. He told his story, how he got into it, how to become a successful burglar, how to choose victims, where to find the valuables and how to not get caught.

Then the interviewer asked the most fundamental of all questions: What is the best protection against burglars? The answer was surprising and obvious at the same time. According to this burglar, hands down, the best protection against a burglar is a dog. Why? …


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In January this year we at This Place published an article about our initiative to research the potential of Blockchain technology. In order to illustrate its potential, we will frequently publish new ideas. It is important to understand that the potential of the technology goes beyond just cryptocurrencies. In fact, we believe that the technology will soon exceed the significance of the world wide web.

One of the key features of Blockchain technology is that it enables us to map trust. Because the networked nodes of computers use an algorithm to ensure consensus that the data they host commonly in a shared ledger is correct, any information they host cannot be questioned. …


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We live in a world with an excess of software. It is not uncommon to have three or four ride-hailing apps installed on the phone. And more than likely, the ride-hailing app that survives is the one that customers enjoy the most — the software with the best design and user experience.

At This Place, we believe that the success of any software is dependent on designing a remarkable user experience.

Exploring the potential of new technologies is integral to who we are at This Place. Whether it’s a prototype in Virtual Reality technology or the mind reading user interface Mind RDR, we experiment, prototype and challenge both ourselves and the technology to unlock its potential to serve. …


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Today, as consumers we are truly spoilt for choice. Yet, somewhat paradoxically, all this choice can be quite overwhelming, and it’s not unusual for it to manifest itself in frustration at the end of a hard days’ shopping after not really finding anything suitable or satisfying our needs.

Luckily, this age of oversupply comes at the same time as modern communication technology is shifting paradigms in mass media, transforming it from a one-directional broadcasting medium into something interactive, bi-directional, even conversational. Moreover, thanks to mobile communication, consumers are now connected to the internet 24/7, wherever they may find themselves.

Interestingly, universal access to the internet is not the main game changer. Instead, what’s more important is that users are becoming increasingly comfortable using this new technology in their everyday activities. The internet is becoming less and less about connected computers and more and more about connected humans. …

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Christoph Burgdorfer

Technology. Design. User Experience. IoT. Switzerland ~ London ~ Hong Kong

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