The meSchup server is a part of the meSch project, a 4-year EU funded project with the goal to help curators to create interactive and tangible exhibitions with smart objects. The project started in February 2013 and consists of twelve partners from six European countries. It is coordinated by Sheffield Hallam University. The meSchup server software was created at the University of Stuttgart by several people of the human-computer-interaction group. I joined the project during its third year to integrate support for Bluetooth LE and Blidgets.
The task of the meSchup server is to detect and manage various smart devices like Raspberry Pis, Smartphones, Arduinos, Blidgets, etc. and connect them via WiFi, ZigBee, Bluetooth LE or other protocols. The server usually runs on a Raspberry Pi, but can also be installed on any computer that runs Linux.
In this way interactive setups that consist of one or more smart devices can quickly be created. The focus of the meSch-project are museums, but we are looking into expanding this concept to other areas like Smart Homes, Internet of Things and Industry 4.0, currently.