b:section class='header MyOctopus: 2015

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

MyOctopus Smart Home Maker


New Breakout board for Edison from MyOctopus.
All I/O open for development & projects.

Breakout board for Intel Edison
Power supply 5VDC 500mA via USB or external source

Ready to connect with MyOctopus sensors/devices:
  •  Air quality(NH3, NOx, alcohol, Benzene, smoke, CO2 ,etc.) controlled by I2C via uC
  •  4x infra-red temp(I2C)
  •  4x ambient light, (I2C)
  •  temperature & humidity (I2C)
  •  Accelerometer, gyroscope, compass(I2C)
  •  Pressure(I2C)
  •  Infra-red diode (I/O) to control TV, HiFi & similar devices (RC5, RC6 code)

  •  I2C ports and INTERRUPT I/O already shifted to 3.3V
  •  Edison Ports (2xI2C, 2xPWM,2x UART ports, USB)
  •  Digital potentiometer 50kOhm, 256 pos (I2C)
  •  Custom logic shifter 8x I/O
  •  uC Microchip (I2C,ICSP) for custom flash and I/Os

65mm, octagonal shape

Schematic and PCB:

(full spec on the way)

Sunday, 1 November 2015



Dublin startup MyOctopus Ltd   is delighted to be showcasing MyOctopus, the Intelligent smart-home multitool at the upcoming Websummit 2015 . This 5th global tech gathering will be the biggest one yet, bringing startups, investors, tech giants, journalists and top companies together for a week of talks, discussions,workshops, and events.  This ecosystem defining global 'think-in' promises to be the best one yet! You will find us at booth M145 in the Startup Village on Wed 4th Nov.- Be sure to come over and say 'Hi' - We will make you feel at home!

With MyOctopus, we are creating an open-source intelligent home, a creative smart-home multi-tool, which users can customise at any level, from application to hardware.  At Team Octopus, the user is at the heart of our design.  By this, we mean that we are thinking about people, every step of the way.  Every home, every lifestyle is unique; we are creating a smart home that will be personal to each home and user.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

DesignCORE to collaborate with MyOctopus

MyOctopus are delighted to team up with DesignCORE,  Carlow IT,  for the next design stage of MyOctopus,  the intelligent smart home. 


 In 2009, DesignCORE was established to provide a critical bridge between emergent design research and intervention to impact & benefit industry. DesignCORE is now located at the newly opened Dargan Research Centre on the campus of the Institute of Technology Carlow.  


"We are an established centre for innovation and commercialisation in Design and New Product Development. Our team of dedicated researchers and designers have the expertise and skill to understand consumer motivations, culture and human behaviours to provide real market gain for our clients...Our goal is to create tangible outcomes that are grounded from the most cutting edge research methods in the world...Our focus is human-centred design..."

DesignCORE have worked with HUB Controls Ltd, Zephair Ltd. MD G2 and Broadview Ventures Ltd. We are very excited to be working with this expert multi-disciplinary team with 40 years proven experience in industry.  Their human-centred design ethos is a wonderful fit with our design concept of 'a human-centred house'. 


We look forward to benefiting from their deep understanding of social behaviour and it's intersection with design and industry, to create the best open-source smart-home and community in the world.

We received a warm and enthusiastic response from the DesignCORE team . We look foward to working with them. 


Friday, 23 October 2015







(Back left) 
CEO of MyOctopus. Created his first cloud computing platform as MSc dissertation project. Since then he works on parallel trade processing systems that can run through millions of trades in the blink of an eye. At night he turns into an additive manufacturing superhero providing 3D printing consultations and helping all makers by running www.filamentshop.ie.                  




(In front)
CTO of MyOctopus. Our electronics guru. His thoughts are more like electron beams that turn into complex circuits as he use his lightsabre-iron and force forged solder in the low voltage lands.               



(Back right)
Product Architect of MyOctopus.   



CMO of MyOctopus.         




Consultant Graphic Design 




Architect of MyOctopus-OS (based on Yocto Linux).   



With the calmness of a Tibetan monk, he puts together lines of JavaScript code that connect users with the digital world of the web. As his alter ego he designs data warehouses proving that there is no Big Data big enough.    

Thursday, 1 October 2015




Dublin, Sept 25th 2015

MyOctopus is developing a revolutionary new kind of home-automation solution: beyond smart home-hubs - a connected, responsive, intelligent home multi-tool that will completely disrupt the smart home industry. It marks a paradigm shift in home-automation design - an intelligent, self-learning home, connected, flexible, more springboard than platform; jetting our users intelligently into the connected, converging IoT world; elegantly, easily, safely.
"MyOctopus is the first device to focus on the brain of the house, and not the muscles"    

(Wawrzyniec Wawro, Co-Founder & CEO of MyOctopus)                     

Thursday, 24 September 2015

MyOctopus - keeping you healthy and well

Humans have explored land and sea; we're heading out to space, yet there is so much unexplored areas in our own life in our home. There is  relatively small amount of data on how we sleep or on the levels of noise in your home. 
Imagine your doctor could analyze this data, compare it and create more informed diagnoses? 
What if the noise from your fridge affects your sleep which in turn affects your health?
What if oxygen levels are dropping due to the kind of plants you have in your bedroom? 
What if imperceptible vibrations are root cause of your heart disease?
MyOctopus will be able to sense those and provide you with a more comprehensive description of the environment you live in. The findings might be more than revolutionary! 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Sensor Boards

As we work on MyOctopus design and implementation, we have created some interesting things that we have developed that we're hoping to share as we go along. One of those is sensor boards. They are small (~1cm2) pcbs that essentially are plug and play in the Intel Edison universe. Anyone who has already played with Intel Edison might know that getting the sensors running isn't always a straightforward process.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Website, Bluetooth, Sensors and can't wait to say hello to new people in MyOctopus Community...

Hey everyone! We've been a little quiet lately, but it doesn't mean we've been bench-watching the vikings season 1 all over again. We actually have a lot of news! For a starter we now have a new have a "proper" website http://www.myoctopus.io (blog moved to blog.myoctopus.io). On the website one can subscribe to the newsletter - which I strongly encourage everyone to do!

Saturday, 6 June 2015

What is MyOctopus?

So what is this whole MyOctopus and where did it come from?
I'll get to the origin of it later on, for now I'll try to answer the question "what it is?"
Well - some might say it's a light switch, other would say it's application platform and I'm sure there will be some that would call it a computing grid, private cloud, home AI, brain and maybe even something else.
Technically speaking it is a wall mounted device packed with multitude of sensors, multiple CPU cores, switch, wifi, bluetooth, nfc, touchpad and few other bits that I will keep to myself for now not to overwhelm the weakhearted ones. But fear not, there are no secrets here and all technical specs will be revealed as we will progress with the development.

What it can do?
Well - it can run apps. Apps that can read environment data from the sensors, apps that can perform AI simulations, apps that can utilize a power of parallel, decentralized computing, apps that can switch light or other electrical devices, apps that can integrate with other devices and apps. It will essentially allow you to run a "system upgrade" on your house (or apartment... or flat... or sub-rented room or half of it or a top bunk bed*).
We aim to create a development platform that will only be limited by the creativity and imagination of developers.

Well, wait a second, you've said grid, you've said app-platform, smart home - that just doesn't make sense!
I have to disagree with that - It makes perfect sense. Think about current solutions for smart homes - you can install thermostat and make it control temperature at your home. You can install radio controlled switch for the lights in your living room. You can install air quality sensor that will monitor CO2 levels and warn you in case of danger. Are those solutions really smart? They are useful, but they will never be much more than a solution for a given problem. With MyOctopus, you can create a system that instead of being solution to a particular problem is a tool or a platform for problem solving. The usefulness and problem-range that it can solve is only be limited by imagination of people that use it and people that will be willing to create applications for it. I like to think of MyOctopus being multitool, that obviously have a screwdriver, knife, bottle opener and few other tools, but if the circumstances require - it might also become a hammer, coat hanger, sewing machine a toothpick or a comb (well ok - comb is a bit of a stretch for a multitool, though I must say it proves handy if you have dreadlocks ;-) ).
Another analogy might be a smartphone - they are so much more than just a phone. If needs be they can be fitness trackers, navigation devices, entertainment centers, personal music players, virtual assistants and so much more. MyOctopus brings the same smartness to your home as a smartphone did to your Nokia 3310.

* Lower level bunk-beds might also be upgradable, we're still discussing that matter ;-)

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Hello World.

Hello World!

This blog will document development and progress of MyOctopus project - smart home taken to the next level!

More info coming soon!