One premier company born as a result of the HAXLR8R program is Spark Devices. Spark Devices provides an easy way for developers to connect their projects and devices to the Internet. It does so with what it has dubbed the "Spark Core."
Spark Core, breadboard/Arduino compatible
$39.00 via Kickstarter
Spark Core is a small Arduino-compatible board, which uses a Texas Instruments CC3000 WiFi module to connect to the Internet. Though small in size, it features eight digital input/output pins and eight analog input/output pins. It has four pulse-width-modulation pins available and can support the three most common communication protocols: SPI, I2C, and UART.
Getting started with the module is as easy as downloading a Spark app and then entering in a network name and password. One impressive feature is the ability to upgrade the firmware through the Internet. While this may be common for software companies or professional communities, this has been a feature that hobbyists and the DIY community have not had easy access to.
The company also has created the Spark Cloud. This allows people using the device to have access to it anywhere around the world. People can stream videos to the cloud to share with others, or access their code from their friend's house. It is also a free service to anyone using a Spark device. If this may not seem very secure to people, Spark Devices is also going to be releasing an open-source version of Spark Cloud for people to use on their own personal server networks or machines.
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