Hi There everyone!
It’s been a long time since I posted anything on here, and I thought the new Intel IoT release would be a great idea to create an instructable.
So – What is IoT? IoT stands for “Internet of Things” which is a development of the “Internet” where it is planned for every device to have network connectivity thus allowing them to send and receive data.
This could be a device such as your fridge and it has the ability to save a shopping list to google drive every week or could be a child tracking device in a shoe or accessory to help parents keep control of their kids in shopping centers etc.
This is the definition of IoT: “The Internet of Things (IoT) is a computing concept that describes a future where every day physical objects will be connected to the Internet and be able to identify themselves to other devices. The term is closely identified with RFID as the method of communication, although it also may include other sensor technologies, wireless technologies or QR codes.”
The IoT is significant because an object that can represent itself digitally becomes something greater than the object by itself. No longer does the object relates just to you, but is now connected to surrounding objects and database data. When many objects act in unison, they are known as having “ambient intelligence.”
What is Intel doing to get in on this?
Intel have released an Intel IoT Developer kit that you can get to help developers and techies to get their hands on a simple piece of kit and start developing applications for use in the everyday world.
There are two products available, which are Intel Galileo & Intel Edison. A while back I applied to get my hands on one of these kits, it was a random selection of what you got.
The Galileo is an all in one board, similar to the Raspberry Pi. It has an Ethernet port and several output pins so you can program it to do certain functions.
The Edison is the more interesting one (in my opinion). It is a tiny little chip that contains all the important bits, such as the CPU and RAM. The idea behind this is that the computing power that is provided (2 cores, 1GB ram) is useful for a lot of applications and can easily run most projects in a realistic time and environment. The chip is about the size of a SD card, you could easily fit that into a dog collar, shoe or even a watch!
The Edison comes with an Arduino breakout board that allows you to plug in modules and sensors, just like an Arduino and expand the devices capabilities.
Which one did I get?
I received the Edison and the Arduino breakout board, which came along with a Seeedstudio Grove Starter Kit Plus (Gen 2)
I took it all out of the box and this is what I got:
1* Intel Edison Chip
1* Intel Arduino Breakout Board
1 * Ethernet Cable
1* Micro Usb Cable
1* USB to FTDI cable
10* connector cables
4* Mounting posts
1* Mini Servo
1* pack of 3* LED’s (Red,Green and Blue)
1* PP3 to DC jack lead
1* Arduino base shield V2
1* Rotary Angle Sensor
1* Temp sensor
1* Magnetic Switch
1* Light Sensor
1* Sound Sensor
1* Touch Sensor
1* LED board
1* 16*2 RGB Display
1* 8GB MicroSD and SD card adaptor
Awesome eh? Head over to the next step to get stuck in!