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2/22/2015
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6 Internet Of Things Building Blocks

Need an embedded system to whip up an IoT prototype? These six platforms make it easier than ever to get started with embedded programming.
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Arduino Uno
In many ways, the current generation of 'makers' in the embedded system arena can trace their history back to the Italian educators who came up with the idea for a simple, inexpensive embedded controller. There is now an entire Arduino family, but the Arduino Uno is the foundation for the group. A low-power board in every sense, the Arduino Uno is based on the ATmega328 processor and features 32 KB (that's right, kilobytes) of memory for software. Using it requires tight, efficient code with no unnecessary frills. But if you're looking for a simple controller that can easily fit into an Altoids tin, the Arduino Uno fits the bill. Most developers find, though, that they want to move their project onto a more streamlined system, such as a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), for high-volume production.
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(Image: courtesy of Arduino)

In many ways, the current generation of "makers" in the embedded system arena can trace their history back to the Italian educators who came up with the idea for a simple, inexpensive embedded controller. There is now an entire Arduino family, but the Arduino Uno is the foundation for the group. A low-power board in every sense, the Arduino Uno is based on the ATmega328 processor and features 32 KB (that's right, kilobytes) of memory for software. Using it requires tight, efficient code with no unnecessary frills. But if you're looking for a simple controller that can easily fit into an Altoids tin, the Arduino Uno fits the bill. Most developers find, though, that they want to move their project onto a more streamlined system, such as a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), for high-volume production.

More information on Arduino.

(Image: courtesy of Arduino)

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Brian.Dean
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2/22/2015 | 6:57:02 PM
Computers Everywhere
The current state of there being a computer in almost every household has change the economy in many ways. If at least one object in a household had a computer embedded in it then, I feel that the economy will change again.

For developers, it would be hard the pin point the exact application in which the IoT will drive the greatest level of initial demand. However, I feel that embedded systems that aim to optimize energy usage around the home will be an even bigger source of demand, from its current level.
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