Broadcom reveals $20 'Pi in the sky' IoT development widget

'WICED Sense' comes with sensors and wireless so devs can wire things into stuff


Broadcom has released a US$20 Internet of Things thing it hopes will give developers a cut-price way to explore the sensor-tised kinds of applications a wired world enables.

The “WICED Sense Bluetooth Smart Sensor Development Kit” packs a gyroscope, accelerometer eCompass, pressure sensor and humidity & temperature sensor into a small red box. There's also Bluetooth SMART and a system-in-a-package to footle with.

A companion app – iOS for now, Android in October – drives the device from either a phone or a fondleslab.

Totally WICED! Broadcom's IoT footling gadget and iOS app

Broadcom is using all the right words – democratisation, innovation, entrepreneur and DIY-er among them – to talk up the device's potential. At US$20 the device certainly offers low barriers-to-entry for would-be IoT devs. Whether everyone who can afford that small sum can also wield the accompanying SDK, which runs on Windows or Linux, offers ARM RealView RVDS and CodeSourcery G++ Lite tool-chains and integrates with an Eclipse IDE, remains to be seen. ®

Broadcom's WICED Sense IoT dev kit

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