Project Details

Data visualisation map


The search engine for the Internet of Things

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Project Twitter: @thingful

  • Education
  • Data
  • Internet
  • Open Source

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the vast global network of devices that transmit data to the internet – from weather stations to washing machines that email when the laundry is done, to microchips embedded in sharks by marine biologists.

Thingful is the world’s first and only online search engine for the Internet of Things. With the IoT predicted to reach 50 billion devices by 2020, there is a growing wealth of data produced by a range of objects all over the globe. Umbrellium, the organisation behind Thingful founded by award-winning designer Usman Haque, has developed Thingful as a free and easily accessible public platform that uses a map-based system to illustrate the location of devices and their function. Thingful does not store the data, but highlights its existence and allows users to take the next step to finding out what they need to know, if it’s publicly available.

If you are an allergy sufferer interested in the air quality in your area, you can hone in on the map and search for air monitors, and if these are sharing information, you can click and find out whether you’ll need to take your inhaler out with you. If you are interested in the ocean movements of sharks you can search and click on individual dots in the oceans that represent a microchipped shark and find out more about the associated research project.

Umbrellium is continuing to add more and more devices to Thingful, working to make public information more accessible, and welcomes any additions – so if your device is mapped and you want to share the data it collates, or if you are an organisation with data you’d like to see included, the team will be pleased to hear from you. 

Image courtesy of Thingful

Last updated: 29th of June, 2015

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