“Industry 4.0” is a boiling hot topic at the moment: The computerization of production processes and the use of connected intelligent devices seems to be the future of industrial production.
With this “fourth industrial revolution” gaining speed, we at Lunifera have been toying around with various ideas and concepts of integration between physical world, production and business processes and user interface for some time.
Our newest proof-of-concept project in this area is our steam engine: We bought a working toy steam engine, hooked up sensors to it and set up circuitry that converts the sensor output to binary data. This data can be transferred across arbitrary networks and used anywhere.
For our demo purposes, we integrated the measurement data into a simple web-based business application: We displayed the data using Vaadin UI elements, but it would be quite easy to develop more complex representations such as augmented reality and so on.