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Engineer behind iPhone comes up with an easy way to make your home appliances smart

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Engineer behind iPhone comes up with an easy way to make your home appliances smart
You might have heard that what comes after the smartphone revolution is smart everything - our futuristic dream world comes with home appliances hooked up to the Internet, and everything in your house truly controllable remotely. Now, the engineers who brought you the iPhone took on the daunting task to bring the future into the present, and made a big public debut today as Electric Imp, makers of the Imp chip.

Priced at a mere $25, each Imp card is a fully programmable platform rather than a gadget. You can install it to just about anything in your home, and appliances should be your first guess. The card itself features a Wi-Fi antenna and a processor. So what can you do with it? You can have your washer text you when it’s done, turn the lights off from your phone and so on. It’s really up to you. Initially, the company will sell a few custom designs as an illustration of the idea, but the freedom is in developers’ hands.

Probably the best thing about the Imp cards is that they are completely platform-neutral, so you don’t need to have an iPhone, or Android to control it (you’d still need a device that can access the web, though). Installation and communication with devices has been reported to be also slick.

The first developer bundle will arrive in late June. The cards will retail for $25, and a basic circuit board is said to set you back $10, while a more complex will be priced at $20. Stay tuned.

source: Electric Imp via Gizmodo

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posted on 17 May 2012, 04:46 5

1. anshul0000 (unregistered)


cool...

posted on 17 May 2012, 05:07 1

2. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Hello mine turtle

posted on 17 May 2012, 06:12 1

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4599; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


It is nothing new or original...

posted on 17 May 2012, 08:48 3

4. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


But it is made by iPhone engineers.....so its automatically cool you see. lol

posted on 17 May 2012, 09:16

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4599; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Yes, I agree, then it is "automatically cool". LOL! :D

posted on 17 May 2012, 16:46 1

6. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


This is a cool and cheap invention. Fandroids hate even though he no longer works for Apple and it works on android. Basically iPhone was mentioned so they feel obligated to troll.

posted on 17 May 2012, 16:50

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4599; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"This is a cool and cheap invention."

Can you explain me what was invented here?

posted on 17 May 2012, 17:39 1

9. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


More than you ever will

posted on 17 May 2012, 17:56

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4599; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


So, what's wrong? No reasonable arguments only personal hits? :)

P.S.
I also have done similar thing before. Anyway it is ain't invention. :)

posted on 17 May 2012, 17:05

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4599; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"...even though he no longer works for Apple and it works on android..."

You are talking nonsenses, because:

1) In "Electric Imp" team is more than only one person, there is seven persons!
2) One of them was working for Apple and now is working for Google in the ChromeOS team. But not on Android!
3) In their team is two more people who was working or maybe still are working for Apple.

And anyway, that doesn't change what I have said before!

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