Paraimpu is a new social tool for the Web of Things: http://paraimpu.crs4.it/
Basically it allows users to:
1. connect physical and virtual things to the Web: real objects, Arduino boards, sensors, Karots,..., entertainment appliances but also existing social networks, APIs, software applications, services on the Web and so on...briefly, everything capable to "speak" HTTP. Paraimpu provides a palette of supported objects in order to help users to connect their objects to the system with zero or minimal configuration.
2. inter-connect these things: it's always possible to create a connection between two objects despite their nature: physical or virtual, so it is possible to connect, for example a set of environmental sensors to facebook or to a stepper motor to drive or move something in real-time. Moreover, it is possible to connect Twitter to my lighting system or to whatever I need. Due to the very heterogeneous nature of objects, Paraimpu provides a rule-based powerful mechanism in order to adapt/transform/filter data flowing from an object to a connected one. E.g., if I connect a CO2 Sensor And I want to drive my appliance in order to reduce emissions (a motor for example), maybe I have to map and transform data which comes from the former before forwarding to the latter. Paraimpu adopts a rule engine and the users are able to write from simple to also very complex rules to do that, it's a system responsability to enforce these rules in real-time when data flows.
3. It is social: users can share their objects with other people/friends setting a policy for each owned thing: private, public, moderated, ... This allows to avoid waste in buying similar objects for the same purpose, sharing them with other people. For example, if I've bought a temperature sensor, installed in my balcony and I've connected it to the system, maybe other people in my city need the same data, why force them to buy and install and connect the same object for the same purpose? Share it! Through Paraimpu! And let users use it in their connections with their own things.