There are a myriad of Internet of Things (IoT) cloud and hardware providers out there, all competing to be the platform upon which you can build your next great gadget. Two of these providers are Electric Imp and SmartThings (now owned by Samsung). These IoT providers have two very different approaches to the world of IoT:
- Sells hardware targeted to developers($20)
- Leverages the Squirrel programming language in an online development environment
- Leverages Electric Imp hardware modules
- Does not include tools to build a customer facing UI, but instead allows the developer to implement their own database and front end.
- Has an offering to run an instance of their cloud on your equipment, protecting you in case they are bought out/go out of business etc.
- Sells hardware targeted to consumers (the Arduino Shield retails for $35)
- Leverages the Groovy programming language in an online development environment
- Is set up to talk to any hardware, provided the customer has the SmartThings hub ($100)
- Has a cloud solution that is largely geared towards developers, and has tools for designing a mobile UI that will be displayed in their mobile app
- Privatized platform instances not available
Both systems have strengths and weaknesses,…