What do you do when handed the task to come up with a worthy demo, for the Internet of Things, which solves an existing problem? Hard choice, it’s like being told you get a free trip to the theme park, but can only go on one ride. You know that whichever one you choose is going to be fun, but there are just so many options! How exactly do you decide?

We spent the best part of a week compiling a Google doc with all of our ideas, and segmented them into categories. After a lengthy discussion listing pros, cons, and feasibility – we scrapped them all and decided on something entirely different.

Our goal is to create a solution for the Philips Hue bulbs to work with AllJoyn.

AllJoyn is an ‘open source framework that makes it easy for devices and apps to discover and securely communicate with each other’, it is part of The AllSeen Alliance which is a ‘cross-industry consortium that is dedicated to enabling the interoperability of billions of devices, services and apps that comprise the Internet of Things’.

Most of you have probably heard of the Philips Hue light bulbs, and their growing range of light based products. They’re definitely the Apple of the connected lighting world; with the sleek, aesthetically pleasing design and the range of programming possibilities: from automated lights and geofencing technology, to setting the mood with a range of colours (16 million) and syncing with your music, TV, and games for an immersive effect. They’re certainly impressive, but are unfortunately still relatively limited in their support, relying heavily on the Philips Hue app alone.

Our aim is to demonstrate our capabilities with the AllJoyn architecture by developing an AllJoyn Service to support the Philips Hue bulbs. This will give the Philips Hue infrastructure the AllJoyn support that it does not currently have today. In addition to this, we will also demonstrate our experience of using Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core by having the software deployed and runnable on a Raspberry Pi 2. This is an exciting, and challenging project that will solve a problem for people, that at this current point in time has no solution.

We’re midway through this cool little project, and are all eager to see the final results. Once we have this technology working, it will allow us to play around and experiment with multiple ways of controlling the Philips Hue bulbs. In preparation for this we’ve purchased the Microsoft Band 2, and are keen to see if we can connect and have the Band/Cortana control the lighting effects.