Build Your Own Lockitron With Twilio, Arduino, and Node.js

Jon Gottfried

Join the discussion on Hacker News! This tutorial is based on a workshop I gave at the Makerland conference in Poland. It will teach you how to wirelessly control a deadbolt lock without damaging or modifying the lock itself. We will be using an Arduino Uno, a servo, and Node.js to make it possible for you to lock and unlock your door via SMS. This is… Read More

Building Screen Pops With Twilio Client and FullContact API

Jon Gottfried

  Screen Pops are a way of displaying contextual information to an agent about any incoming call so that they can provide more relevant support to the caller. They are one of the most powerful features of a software-powered voice communication system. They let your agent learn about the customer they are servicing as soon as the phone rings, look up an anonymous caller so that… Read More

Part Three: Verify Phone Numbers With Node.js Using Twilio SMS, Express and

Jon Gottfried

Every problem you solve as a web application developer requires a very particular set of tools. Tools that have been acquired over a very long career. Node.js is one of the latest frameworks to become a popular addition to the modern web stack. It allows you to easily build lightweight, event-driven applications that can handle a large amount of concurrent I/O. We have already helped you… Read More

Part 2: Using Twilio SMS with Sinatra for Ruby and Datamapper To Build A Phone Verification System

Jon Gottfried

About a year ago, we published an update to our phone verification tutorial to teach you how to keep your users safe and prevent fraud when building applications in PHP. Now you can learn how to employ the same security and anti-spam techniques in Ruby using the elegant Sinatra framework. (update: we also have a tutorial on how to build SMS phone verification into your Rails app)…. Read More

Resurrecting Google SMS Search Using Twilio

Join the discussion on Hacker News! Like many of you, I was sad to hear on Friday that Google decided to shut down their service that let you search via SMS. Luckily, a basic version of the service is not difficult to create on your own using Twilio SMS and Google’s Custom Search API! This is a very bare-bones implementation, but it should provide a decent… Read More

Using Google Glass, Twilio, Ruby, and Sinatra to Send and Receive SMS Messages

Join the discussion on Hacker News! Myself and other developers have been giddy with glee at the recent release of Google Glass, one of the first largely available wearable computing platforms. After the Glass Foundry hackathons in January, I couldn’t wait to start building awesome applications such as GlassTweet with the Mirror API and helping others do the same. Today, I’d like to debut the first… Read More

Build a Twilio Hard Phone with SIP from Twilio, Raspberry Pi, Asterisk, FreePBX, and the Obihai OBi100

Join the discussion on Hacker News! This post used the Dial and SIP TwiML verbs and the Twilio Message Rest API If you have worked with Twilio before, you have surely heard that sweet, sweet ring of your phone many times. But today, we are entering uncharted territory – you are going to learn how to make a phone ring without it even being connected to… Read More

Interview with SmartThings: How a Faulty Pipe Unlocked The Internet of Things

Join the discussion on Hacker News How can the internet help when you’re halfway to work and you realize you didn’t lock up your apartment? What about when your dog runs away, or you leave all the lights in your house on? SmartThings is working to unlock the Internet of Things and make everyday things like your house, your car, and the lights in your office… Read More

Rutgers Students Hack Together at HackRU

This is a guest post written by Jonathan Maltz. Jonathan is a junior at Rutgers University majoring in Computer Science. When he’s not doing his best to see all 50 states, you can find him travelling to hackathons up and down the east coast with the Rutgers hackathon crew. If you’re familiar with the east-coast student hackathon scene, you probably know about the two  biggest events… Read More