Start with SAM

The wireless electronics kit is the latest entrant in the internet of things sphere and helps you build

Wireless electronics kit

SAM is a wireless electronics kit that wants to make it easier for children (or, in fact, anyone who has an idea for a connected project) to get building, with the help of a series of pieces connected by Bluetooth and a drag and drop software interface that links the hardware to each other.

It is also easier to integrate the connected objects with various other digital apps and services (like social media and email). This way, you can build a real–world connected object with the help of SAM that will notify you whenever you get an email from any contact. You can also link your small business’ Facebook Like button to an LED interface that will notify you with a flash every time your page gets a new Like.

Children have many choices when it comes to learning the ropes about coding and hacking around with bits of hardware that has been designed for play. The developers are facing long – standing, but a lot more difficult to use, hardware offerings like Arduino that usually require soldering and working with complex software interfaces.

SAM sits right in between these two – a kit that anyone can use, from kids to students to designers to developers. And yet, it supports enough complexity to be more than a child’s toy. It focuses on software and, at the same time, offers easy to use wireless hardware modules.

Its accompanying app is a flow – based programming interface that can easily link to the hardware through drag and drop software modules. The interface also displays the automatically generated code because the virtual blocks are connected to each other.

This software, including all the complex operations that can be performed with it, is one of the major differences between SAM and what most of the electronics kits offer. So, you can start with SAM, and you can also proceed to increase the level of complexity of your project as time passes and as your confidence grows. The software that accompanies SAM is free.

The team that created SAM consists of designers and engineers, and they are a dedicated lot that does not believe is leaving any stone unturned.

For those who had backed the project during its initial days, the device is priced at $119 for explorer kit three comprising wireless modules and the companion app, while it cost $719 for a family kit with many basic modules and more sophisticated ones like a light sensor, temperature sensor, and cloud module.

While the company does want to make money by selling SAM modules, the makers have planned a long term business module that will focus on creating a subscription service for the app that will be only for advanced versions targeted at developers who want to create systems that are more complex.

Source: The Hindu


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