Arduino targets the Internet of Things with Primo board

Arduino, the Italian company that has powered the “maker” movement with a series of small computing boards that can be programmed and configured for different tasks, is introducing a board targeted at the so-called Internet of Things.

IoT encompasses the world of Internet-connected machinery and gadgets, many of which include sensors that remotely and autonomously send data.

The Primo features WiFi, Bluetooth low energy, NFC (near-field communications), and infrared built into the board. Previously, users had to connect add-on boards to get wireless networking.

The company first showed the board at the weekend’s Maker Faire Bay Area. Increased interest among hobbyists in building gadgets and gizmos that could automatically communicate via the Internet led to its development, Arduino CEO Federico Musto said.

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Dealing with a problematic Chromebook – Part 1

I am a big fan of Chromebooks. While recognizing their limitations (no Word or Skype), they are cheap, fast, secure, reliable and simple to use.

Chromebooks are so reliable, they go a long way towards putting consultants, like myself, out of business. That’s progress. Never needing help from a techie is also great Defensive Computing.

But, even Chromebooks have problems, as I recently found out.

Towards the end of 2013, I dealt with a non-techie whose ancient Windows XP laptop was acting up. Their computing needs were very basic and, in the end, they bought a Chromebook. Other than an occasional thank-you for suggesting a Chromebook, that was that.

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