Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Check this out: Electric Imp

Electric Imp, WiFi for all
You know how when you talk with geek friends you learn about cool stuff you didn't know about?

For the next several weeks, in addition to the regular posts, I'll make a valiant attempt to share some things I think are neat-o in case you haven't heard of them or have but forgot. 

I'd love to hear your feedback. Could you take a second and post comments good or bad? Thanks.

First up is the Electric Imp. It's been around awhile. It's a device in an SD card form factor that bridges your widget to WiFi. On-board is a transceiver and an ARM Cortex M3. It's programmable via cloud-based development. You can get 'em for $30 at Sparkfun and other places.

I haven't played with one yet. I already have a mountain of microcontrollers and other goodies waiting for my time. How about you?

5 comments:

  1. I was considering using one of these. The issue being that it has to talk to a cloud on the other side. If that part was optional after initial setup, it seems like it could be a good solution for a couple ideas I have. Like a motion security sensor. But with the cloud, it's not.

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  2. Yeah, I'm not a interested in the imp either. There's the whole cloud thing (and they may require some licensing fee in the future!), but even worse, it doesn't function as an SD card (because it's not), it actually requires some special crypto chip, so you can't just plug it into an SD slot hooked up to your mcu and expect it to work.

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  3. Hey Guys, we have a blog on Robots as well here is the link...

    http://mobile-robotics.blogspot.com.es/

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  4. I've long thought that there should be some cool use for the Imp... but I haven't yet managed to think what that is.

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    1. I hate to say it but that sums up my thinking on Internet of Things at the moment. :)

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