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Development Democracy: How IoT Innovation Grows from Open Source

By Ken Briodagh August 10, 2016

The history of the Internet is a story of innovative development coming from the bottom and working its way into the commercial and then consumer spaces along a pretty clear upward trajectory. Not so, it seems with the IoT. It seems like all the development news we hear these days comes from the enterprise players and the vendors that service them.

Seems.

That is the key word, isn’t it? I have a hunch and some evidence that that is changing. And I’m not alone. myDevices, the IoT solutions company that created Cayenne, a leading drag-and-drop IoT project builder, has just announced a new integration with Arduino, the world’s leading open-source software and hardware ecosystem.

Arduino is perfectly suited to give IoT developers a number of unique advantages for integrating WiFi, BLE, IR, NFC, Ethernet and any number of other connectivity options into an IoT device, with a very small footprint. Arduino combined with Cayenne’s drag-and-drop functions will simplify the development process to such a degree that makers and developers working in small shops and even independently can finally begin creating the next wave of IoT devices and solutions.

This includes building tools that can easily and quickly visualize sensor data and control actuators using a web dashboard or smartphone app. This type of visualization is possible because of the cloud functions that Cayenne adds to the Arduino microcontrollers. The ability to build and manage IoT prototypes should now be as easy as: drag, drop and configure.

“We are especially excited about this partnership with myDevices since it easily enables Arduino users to create a clean graphical user interface that anyone can operate,” said Kathy Giori, VP Operations, Arduino S.r.L. “Giving developers the tools to build prototypes and products quickly, without having to learn advanced programming, makes it possible for engineers and entrepreneurs to take part in the booming IoT market. We’re seeing many projects turn into commercial business because of the democratization of these technologies. This partnership combines affordable hardware and intuitive software to help developers bring ideas to life.”

Some of the features and functionality are:

  • Drag-and-drop widgets to create a customized project dashboard
  • Sketch files that will help quickly and securely connect Arduino hardware
  • Triggers & alerts for several platforms
  • Ability to create widgets for any connected sensor or actuator

“There has been an overwhelming response to Cayenne from end-users, industry media, and analysts since Cayenne’s debut at the beginning of the year,” says Kevin Bromber, CEO, myDevices. “Existing Cayenne users have just surpassed 4 billion IoT events on our platform utilizing features such as threshold alerts, sensor history and rules engine triggers. This release of Cayenne with Arduino support is yet another key milestone in our objective to expand availability and eventually make Cayenne the industry standard for IoT project building, similar to how AutoCad is the de facto software for architects and 3D visualization.”

To sign up for a free Cayenne account, go to www.cayenne-mydevices.com. Also available on Google Play and the App Store.

The IoT Maker revolution has begun. And there’s no “seems” about it. 




Edited by Alicia Young

Editorial Director

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