Makers and developers that are interested in adding cellular connectivity to their projects might be interested in a creation called the Spark Electron that takes the form of a Arduino style cellular development kit.
The Spark Electron Cellular Development Kit comes complete with a a SIM card and affordable data plan from the creators of the Spark Core. Watch the video below to learn more about the new development kit and see it in action.
The creators of the Spark Electron development kit explain a little more about its features and the way it functions.
“The Electron is a tiny development kit for creating cellular-connected electronics projects and products. It comes with a SIM card and an affordable data plan for low-bandwidth things.
Imagine a cellular-connected Arduino, but with a more powerful processor and a SIM card. It also comes with Spark’s development tools and cloud platform for managing and interacting with your new connected hardware.
You’ve probably heard of the Internet of Things. In the cellular world, it’s called M2M (Machine to Machine). The M2M world was set up for the types of companies that make industrial products like shipping containers, vending machines, and ATMs. These old-school industries still have old-school practices.
If you want to get some M2M SIM cards, you’ve got to get on the phone with somebody. You need an account manager, you’ve got to sign a bunch of paperwork, and it’ll be months before you even see a price sheet. The industry is set up for big, established companies that already know how to navigate telcos, not for individuals. And if you’re not in the club already, it’s hard to gain entrance.
M2M feels like it’s ripe for disruption; we want to make it a lot easier for people to create cellular-connected products.”
For more information on the new Spark Electron development kit jump over to the Kickstarter website for details via the link below and make a pledge from $49 to be one of the very first to own one.
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