The NiO: Connecting devices to smartphones
iOTOS is another single-source company pushing Internet connectivity. It offers a communication platform that makes communicating between connected devices and a smartphone easy and reliable. The company's goal is to allow people to control and monitor these devices through common "people" communications, such as text messages, emails, or tweets.
While iOTOS has the app development side for control, it also offers the NiO. This is a small piece of hardware similar to the Spark Core and Pinoccio that will allow everyday devices to become Internet-compatible. For communication purposes it has pins dedicated to SPI and UART connections, along with four analog inputs and eight digital I/O pins. The NiO is not yet available, and a price has not yet been specified (though word is that customers can expect a low cost). iOTOS is aiming this product at entrepreneurs, students, and the hacker and DIY communities.
NiO, bridging the communication of the Internet to everyday devices, via iOTOS.
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