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Broadcom offers $19.99 Internet of Things development kit

It's a Raspberry Pi for wearables
Thu Aug 28 2014, 14:48

BROADCOM IS OFFERING developers who want to experiment with the Internet of Things (IoT) a low cost, generic device to play around with and explore.

The Wiced Sense consists of a small Bluetooth Smart - also known as Bluetooth 4.0 or LE - powered device with five low powered micro electro-mechanical systems sensors (MEMS), such as those found in IoT devices.

Bundled with it is an accompanying smartphone app that Broadcom claims can be connected and running development programs in minutes.

The onboard sensors are a gyroscope for motion control, gaming and GPS; an accelerometer for impact and vibration recognition; an E-compass to enable position detection, motion activation and map rotation; a barometer for smartwatches and weather stations; and a humidity and temperature sensor for heating, ventilation and smart home devices.

Using the development kit, users are able to create firmware for products that don't exist yet, exponentially speeding up the process from concept to market.

Example use cases include a baby monitor that detects temperature, movement and breathing, or a pet tracker that sounds an alarm if your pet leaves a certain area, but the important thing is that the only limit is the developer's imagination. The main purpose of the device is to help developers create brand new ideas and test them without the need for expensive prototypes.

The Wiced Sense is compatible with both iOS and Android phones, supports iBeacon and NFC tag reading, and offers full encryption, certificate signing and verification.

The device is already on sale at $19.99. The move represents part of Broadcom's commitment to the Open Internet Consortium, an IoT group that also includes Intel, Samsung, Dell, Atmel and Wind River.

In a recent INQUIRER debate, a narrow majority of readers concluded that despite the amount of data transfer implied by the Internet of Things, it won't mark the end of privacy. µ


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