[Credit: Electric Imp] Everything! Your blender, toaster, washing machine, light switch,and just about every electronic doo-hickey you have in your housecould one day be connected to the Internet. Electric Imp is a start up founded by Former iPhone engineering manager HugoFiennes, former Gmail designer Kevin Fox, and firmware engineerPeter Hartley. The company's mission is to turn every product youown into an Internet-connected contraption with the addition of atiny Imp card. Imp Cards are SD-card sized chips that have a Wi-Fi antenna(similar to the image-uploading Eye-Fi cards) and an embeddedprocessor. To pair an Imp card with any piece of electronicgadgetry, you only need to connect it to an Imp microcontrollerboard. |
Electric Imp is also in talks with product manufactures tohave Imp card compatible slots preinstalled. April Imp circuit board. [Credit: Electric Imp] Once your gadgets are all linked up, they'll connect to the Impcloud. From there, you can remotely control them from a smartphoneor even work with other connected contraptions. Of course, to Arduino and other microcontroller programmers, automating your home is nothing new.
But for the less technically inclined, Electric Imp promises tolet you automate your home without forcing you to program controlsoftware for ever single thing. Electric Imp plans to release a developer preview bundle in Junewith the first Imp Card compatible contraptions to arrive by theend of the year. Gizmodo reports that Imp Cards will cost $25, while the circuit boards areexpected to retail between $10 and $20. Electric Imp will be showing off its hardware at the Bay Area Maker Faire in the San Mateo Event Center this weekend, May 19 and 20. [ Electric Imp via All Things Digital and Gizmodo ] Like this? You might also enjoy Student Builds Real-Life Portal Turret That Shoots Back Lazy Solar System Is Lazy, Can't Outrun Cosmic Rays Now On Kickstarter: Cryoscope Lets You Feel the Weather Get more GeekTech: Twitter - Facebook - RSS
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