Availability and next steps
The cards will be on sale to developers by the end of June for $25 each and Electric Imp will also supply development kits that include a socket, ID chip and power connection on a small board for about $10. While these are intended for consumer electronics developers Electric Imp is happy to sell them to students and non-professional developers. "Hobbyists can play with it and tell us what they think."
"We have worked with some lead partners for feedback. We are working with partners in Asia and the United States who make consumer devices."
Fiennes said that consumer products with Electric Imp slots would appear
in time for the 2012 winter holiday present season. Electric Imp has
volume manufacturing for the cards lined up in China, again making use
of contacts and experience Fiennes developed designing highly compact
smartphones for Apple. "I used to spend quite a lot of time in China,"
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The Basic development board for the Electric Imp with socket and 3-pin ID chip
Electric Imp was founded in May 2011 and now as seven employees. The company has just closed a $7.9 million first round of funding with Redpoint Ventures and Lowercase Capital, whose most well-known investments are Facebook and Twitter.
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