>> ELECTRIC IMP - IoT DISGUISED AS AN SD CARD
"size does matter" - at least in the world of geeks.
The Electric Imp platform provides a complete solution to play around
with IoT in a very small form factor; providing a fully integrated
hardware, software, OS and cloud services making development for it
a breeze. The hardware is effectively squeezed into an SD card form
factor; providing a module with integrated WiFi and Cortex M3 processor.
As a developer you write software in a language called Squirrel; which is
a high level, object orientated programming language with a syntax
similar to C, C++, C# and objective-C so it is understandable by most
embedded software developers. The developer can write code locally on the
unit or provide an agent that runs within the cloud and has HTTPS end
points to remotely control functionality on the device.
It has an interesting setup procedure using an android or iOS device with
its BlinkUp™ patent pending technology. Once the unit is programmed;
it can remain connected to the electric imp network or work independently
(pointed to alternative servers or offline).
With IoT devices getting smaller and easier to develop for it could start
to raise some eyebrows about the potential usages of this technology not
only for good; but possibly bad such as terrorism or espionage. I came
across a "cool" hack that has integrated the electric imp - while it
definitely was a novelty when implemented it doesn't stop you thinking
how difficult it could be to be used in a bad way.