Husband. Father. Inventor. Comedy Writer. Game Designer.
I am an active speaker about technology and specifically about the Internet of Things. I co-founded ioBridge and created ThingSpeak — two platforms that have spurred on IoT applications for many developers, manufacturers, and users all over the world. My most popular projects are @MyToaster and CheerLights. In both cases, social media is involved to interact with physical objects and more importantly connect us a little more.
As a Software Developer at ioBridge and active speaker, and developer (including having over 800 people following his toaster on Twitter) in the Internet of Things space Hans Scharler is someone to watch as he sits on the interesting intersection of DIY’ers and corporate products.
A man in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has rigged his toaster to tweet “Toasting” or “Done Toasting” with each use, and — despite the account’s lack of variety — has gained more than 2,000 followers.
In order to further connect us with our possessions, Scharler and his friend Jason Winters created a platform for developers called ThingSpeak — a sort of Twitter for things — that lets objects send messages, broadcast their location, graph their temperature, and more.
“Tweeting appliances speaks to this whole ‘internet of things’ idea,” says Hans Scharler, a tech consultant who also writes comedy material. “If your appliances were outputting information, it can always go to a database. But we love to share information. So why not find a way to do that?” Scharler found online fame for his twittering toaster, whose tweets alternate between “toasting” and “toast is done.” @mytoaster has about 200 twitter followers.
I love to play board games and think about game design and game theory. My first game is called Divide and Conquer. If you want to talk games, I am active on BoardGameGeek (@nothans) and the Board Game Design Forum (@hans).