Another Dev Kit targeting developers and startups who want to build a device for the Internet of Things has launched on Kickstarter – although its creator, Imagination Technologies, did not start, and an established company that licenses IP to chip and counts Apple, (with 8.4 per cent of shares) among its investors.

Imagination Why do you need to go down the route Crowdfunding? It’s more about wanting to use their target DEV Community at the stage of product development, says Alexander Imagination in Voica.

“Using Kickstarter allows you to communicate directly with the manufacturer community, start-ups and individuals interested in new sets of Dev and get their opinion about how and what we can improve. Kickstarter has some really great automated tools for user feedback, and we are already seeing some great comments that other sensors, we should add, and how we could reduce the cost of, for example, “he says TechCrunch.

Imagination aim to raise £ 20,000 via Kickstarter project and Voica says the funds will be used to accelerate the development of a set of IoT, and to complete its open framework software. As many as 20 billion connected devices, is projected to be in the game in 2020 -. Therefore, all percentages in infrastructure to help developers build all these “smart objects”

So what is the imagination of the decisions? This is a set, called the Creator Ci40 for IoT, oriented developers who want to build the Internet of Things devices. The kit will include both hardware units and open framework source code, network stacks and cloud connection to connect and securely authenticate to the wireless network attached devices.

The basic idea of ​​being like all those connected sets Dev device to offer a simplified system for the developers who want to rapidly prototype wireless system IoT – that is, without the need to find out things like to get the board to talk with each other in the first place .

IoT DEV board

Imagination can be used in conjunction with more than 200 sensors to a prototype boards IoT multiple use cases, such as – for example – making contraption, which controls the temperature and humidity in the house. It binds to these tips sensors using two batteries 6LoWPAN Clicker expansion cards and three cards Click attendant.

Notes campaign Kickstarter:

in Clicker board compact development board based on slot mikroBUS. When used in conjunction with a companion Click board , they provide a quick way to prototype and build stand-alone devices that connect via low-power wireless standards to the hub Creator Ci40 IoT.

“It will be a mix of people. Community producer and individuals who would like to build innovative things (robot drones, etc.),” ​​says Voica target market for the kit, pointing as an example for the “hacker-friendly” Peripherals and weakened his “powerful” hardware. (Council will have a 550 MHz dual-core, dual-threaded MIPS Processor.)

It is also believed to be interested in start-ups set -. Again, as a way to simplify and speed up development time, freeing them to focus on their core area of ​​expertise, whatever it is

“For example, we run the court is now in Portugal, where the company uses the kit to control the temperature and soil moisture in several farms and adjust watering accordingly,” he adds.

Another object is to developers OS, working with the likes of Linux and Brillo – given the board runs a combination of operating systems with open source software packages. On the page Kickstarter campaign says creator Ci40 will run a series of distributions of GNU / Linux, including OpenWrt, Debian, and Buildroot, as well as the operating system from Google Brillo; stripped down version of Android Google IoT is aimed at developers.

Imagination, of course, not the first to come up with Dev Kit IoT to help developers to straddle the worlds of wireless-related software and hardware. Others have played in this space include: relayr, with Wunderbar IoT starter kit and cloud platforms for sensor data (the European launch of the series raised over $ 11 million round earlier this month); Candles Labs having its main spark IoT Dev Kit and platforms SparkCloud; and – cross-boundary DEV / manufacturer of consumer space – SAM :. Wireless kits electronics interface software to drag & drop to generate code automatically link the blocks

How Imagination creator Ci40 differ from existing sets of IoT? Voica flags of ecosystem support for major Linux distributions and operating systems Google Brillo as a distinction. “The Creator is one of the few selected board Dev Google, to be part of his Brillo gold standard program – these boards will be equivalent to Nexus phones when it comes to Brillo, receiving regular updates and patches ahead of the others,” he said.

He also says the binary open source software framework optimized for IoT, while not all the other boards Dev can say this; noting that, for example, the fee includes wireless standard 802.15.4 not only Wi-Fi 802.11 and Bluetooth standards, he said that some of the other boards do.

Likewise, hardware has been optimized for IoT too – and not just re-use existing phone chips, as some other sets, which he said could lead to an increase in energy consumption (“as we saw in the smart watch”) .

“We have developed a chip that has been optimized for IoT, by selecting the optimal set of features that will be useful for that market (eg, hardware multithreading),” he adds.

Free access to FlowCloud, in the cloud platform to store the sensor in the cloud, another difference it flags up.

Assuming that the Crowdfunding campaign goes according to plan, plans to vessels imagination sets patrons in April 2016 Creator Ci40 Board on its own cost of £ 35 / $ 50 to Kickstarter backers. Complete kit that includes DEV board plus 2x Clicker board and 3x Press sensor board costs £ 70 / $ 100 until the early supporters.