Another cool Kickstarter is under way! It’s called Connect-Pi, and it combines a Raspberry Pi web server and a responsive, mobile web application to create an automation system, allowing the user to control and monitor Arduino-type systems from anywhere in the world. Connect-PI allows you to connect up to 10 devices out of the box but you can add more devices by simply configuring the IP addresses of the new devices. Currently, Connect-PI libraries are tested for Arduino Uno boards, but they are portable to any microcontroller-based platform (including the chipKIT platform)!
Lee Goldberg, of EDN, takes the chipKIT Wi-FIRE–Digilent’s latest chipKIT board, powered by Microchip’s 32-bit PIC32MZ microcontroller–combines it with Imagination’s FlowCloud service, and proves for himself that building an Internet of Things (IoT) application out of the box can actually be quite simple! Read the EDN review for more details 🙂
Forget about wiring and soldering. StickyBUGs are low-profile and stackable modular boards that let you quickly and easily create your own shields to fit into your space-constrained Arduino® based project. In addition to their small size and pluggable functionality, they automatically handle both 5V and 3.3V systems, so they can be used with the chipKIT embedded platform.
The chipKIT embedded platform is a great starting point for developing Internet of Things applications. But how do you store and work with the data that your application collects? With the cloud-based Ubidots platform, you can collect and store your data as “dots.” Every time your device sends a value to their cloud, a “dot” is created. Ubidots offers a free “Maker Plan” which allows you to collect 30,000 “dots” per month.
To get you started, they have created some chipKIT-based application tutorials: