The coming Internet of Things wouldn't be possible without the hardware to connect devices to the Internet, and there is an emerging set of off-the-shelf devices and services to connect everyday objects to the cloud and to each other.
Here's a look at the crop of new hardware platforms and services created for the sole purpose of making communication with the Internet as easy as it can be.
Good to learn about the "HAXLR8R Program". There is a clear trend in hardware development aiming connectivity to cloud, taking a faster development approach. "Not re-inventing the wheel' means using each other's' devices. Stacks & software and hence making things more "open" to others. It is a win-win and also drives innovative products with a quick turnaround time.