The other day, Imagination Technologies tweeted at me with a link to their kickstarter. Curious, I took a look and thought it would be of interest to all of you.
The company is aiming to release their Creator Ci40 IoT kit in order to make it easier for developers to prototype IoT products. That might sound like another development board like Raspberry Pi or Arduino, and to be fair a development board is included, but Imagination Technologies includes even more components in their cardboard box:
- The aforementioned development board, which includes a multi-standard connectivity module for Ethernet, Bluetooth, and 802.11ac.
- Two “clicker boards,” which can be used as switches.
- A temperature gauge, motion sensor, and relay controller.
Other expansion boards will also be available from other vendors.
It seems the goal of the Creator Ci40 is not to directly compete with Raspberry Pi and the like, but to provide new developers or anyone interested in IoT development with an easy way to get started without having to buy several separate modules. So if you’re completely new to the hardware side of IoT, this may be a good place to start if you don’t want to buy a whole bunch of different Arduino shields.
You can find the exact product specifications, as well as videos on how everything works, on their Kickstarter page.