Making mobile apps for the Texas Instruments SensorTag was just made way easier, and so will most mobile app development for lots of IoT hardware be in the near future!
The important outcome of this work – apart from being fun to do – is that developers working with the native tools suites provided by Apple and Google, no longer are the only ones who can access low-level functionality. Access to many of the APIs, the short-range radio capabilities, IP networking along with the ability to interact with peripheral hardware outside of the HTTP-based protocols is now everybody’s tools.
At Evothings, we also received a great quote the other day from one of our hardware manufacturing partners, stating that he’s “extremely happy to see the lines between hardware and software/apps getting blurred.” And we couldn’t agree more ourselves, it’s embedded in the corporate culture with all the work we do to open up software development for IoT to new, large groups of developers. Overall, there is a great need to increase availability to sensor data, to make better decisions based on aggregated information and create richer services on top of the infrastructure being built. Like it was said by Bill Buxton in the film Connecting: Makers: “Digital should be a prosthetic that amplifies what it means to human”, which for us could boil down to that by adding simplifying components, tools and open mechanisms, a multitude of new services will be created, and in turn increased ease of use, accessibility, and efficient control to data.
We look forward to hear more stories, rants on how complicated things can get easier, and we’re also on the lookout for more systems and hardware where we can work together with others to further cross out the line between hardware and software!