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Description: We know what you’re thinking, “What’s the big deal? Looks like an SD card…” Well this is no SD card! The Electric Imp is a WiFi enabled development platform powered by a Cortex-M3 processor core. “Really?” Yup.
In essence, the Imp provides an easy, integrated way to connect almost any hardware device both to other devices and to internet services. It’s more than just a WiFi card, or even a WiFi module with processing built in - it’s an integrated platform that deals with the drudgery of connectivity, allowing you to concentrate on the application instead of the mechanics.
It does this by integrating an 802.11b/g/n WiFi transceiver, a great antenna, a Cortex-M3 core and lots of flexible I/O in a tiny package. But the hardware is only part of what makes the Electric Imp an innovative platform. The development environment and workflow is totally cloud-based and in-browser! Simply program the Imp with your WiFi Network information using your iOS or Android smartphone (Optically! No special hardware required!) then log on to the Electric Imp developer website and program your module over-the-air!
Development is done in-browser and in a language called “Squirrel,” which is a C-like language with extensions to communicate with the hardware interfaces and the service. Thanks to cloud-power, you get many big system benefits like buffered I/O and crash recovery - plus you can push updates to devices in the field with a few clicks. There’s even a Planner tool that makes it easy to design interactivity between your Imps.
Note: Although, the Electric Imp comes in an SD form factor, it isn’t compatible with standard SD devices. Development boards are available, though, in the related items below!
Dimensions: 32 x 24 x 2.1mm
Based on 4 ratings:
1 of 1 found this helpful:
I’ve been working with the Electric Imp for some time now. It’s a great product, and would like to offer my services on projects that need a jump start, or engineering help. I have applied the Imp to IoT projects in the oilfield, collecting data, controlling pumps and managing cloud services. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org http://systemsofmerritt.com
2 of 3 found this helpful:
If Internet connectivity is a requirement and only 9 pins is cool, this is a great platform. Very easy to use and great support via their forums.
Very easy to set up what I wanted.
I’ve become a huge fan of the electric imp. Easy to set up, and once it’s connected to the internet, you’re off and running. The squirrel programming language is very intuitive. After having spent grad school using obscure codes and API’s for analog to digital circuit boards in PC’s, suddenly having a compact one that is easy to program is like a dream come true.