Monday, April 11, 2016

Developer-friendly IoT devices and tools

IoT Overview:
  • Arduino/Genuino 101 - the new Arduino uses the Intel Curie!  See also the Intel Arduino101 site.
  • ESP8266  This is a very impressive and cheap little IoT device - MCU, WIFI, etc. for a couple of bucks!  Breakout modules for anywhere from $6 to $10.  Do a web search and you'll find lots of ESP8266 info and products; a good place to start is  Support for Lua and Javascript.  CAVEAT: the ESP8266 has already been through numerous versions so make sure you get the one you want.
  • Intel Edison - a little more expensive but a lot more powerful - a CPU running Linux, a separate MCU, a DSP, Wifi, Bluetooth, lots of memory, etc.
  • Texas Instruments has tons of IoT stuff.  Look for the Launchpad for the device you're interested in - these are inexpensive Arduino-like dev boards that make it easy to tinker.  The website also has lots of background info, whitepapers, training vids, etc.  See in particular
  • OpenMote
  • Other HW vendors: the semiconductor market is very competitive, with many major players and heaven knows how many smaller ones. Many of them are beginning to offer Arduino-like development boards for products that previously would only have been of interest to professional EEs.  See for example:
    • NXP - Formerly Philips Semiconductor.  NXP recently acquired Freescale, which was formerly the semiconductor division of Motorola
    • Atmel - recently acquired by Microchip.  Up until the release of the Arduino101, which uses the Intel Curie MCU, Arduinos used Atmel MCUs
    • STMicroelectronics
  • Online IoT-friendly retailers: lots.  I've had good luck with these, but there are lots of others; do shop around.
  • Make - maker zine

  • Espruino
  • NodeMCU "open-source firmware and development kit that helps you to prototype your IOT product within a few Lua script lines"  (ESP8266)
  • AT&T Flow - web-based dev environment.  based on:
  • Node-RED - "A visual tool for wiring the Internet of Things" (developed and open-sourced by IBM)
  • Alljoyn
  • Iotivity
Operating Systems:
Standards bodies:

Cloud services - testing, data storage, etc.

  • IoT-LAB  "IoT-LAB provides a very large scale infrastructure facility suitable for testing small wireless sensor devices and heterogeneous communicating objects."

  • awesome-iot - a list of IoT resources somebody put on github
  • IPSO Alliance page listing devices for building smart objects

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