I wish I restarted my blog a few months earlier because there has been some awesome Kickstarter projects out there for IoT enthusiasts lately. Just recently my pledge for the interesting looking Knocki was collected, and I spruiked for the Udoo X86 quite a bit on my Twitter. This weekend I figured maybe I should get serious about this and create a new category on my blog for cool Kickstarter finds.
Please note: I am not affiliated with the project/projects I am highlighting in this article. I only wish these projects well.
Most projects that have Arduino derived names will catch my interest. I have about 3 dozen Arduino UNO compatible boards, of every colour, quality and cost. I love playing with Arduino. It takes me back to a simpler time; I’m that preteen kid playing with his Radio Shack kit.
So what is the Fireduino? The Firefly Team has created a cute Kickstarter video on the project, complete with multiple grammatical typos in their subtitles. But I backed it even before watching the video. Why? This graphic alone:
Yes, if you read the specs, it has a Dual Core Cortex-M3 processor – hence the two Arduino UNOs. Do I need that much power for my Arduino projects? Probably not, but maybe I come from the “Tim the Tool Man Taylor” school of thought – MOAR POWER!
The audio codec is interesting, but I can’t imagine using it often. The memory (8 megabytes) might come in handy. But I’m really down with the built in WIFI. The project also heavily promotes the FireBlock programming interface, which is cool, but I guess I’m old school because I just prefer using the Arduino IDE.
You might also want to check out Firefly’s page on the Fireduino for more specs.
I got in with an Early Bird Kit pledge at the $20 (US) level, but they still have plenty of Maker Kit pledge slots available at the $25 level. The also have options if you want three or five or even a hundred boards.
So what am I going to do with a Fireduino?
I don’t have a clue. It just looks cool.
Back it on Kickstarter
Here’s the Kickstarter page. As of this writing, they’ve made their goal ($10,196 of $5000), and there’s 23 days to go.