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.