July 16, 2013

XOBXOB - a new Arduino-compatible IoT platform

 Another player in the Internet-of-Things platform has appeared in the last few days - XOBXOB. A complex name (pronounced "zobzob") however the method of operation will be quite simple. Devices communicate with each other by sending "xobs" - or small messages that contain an addressee (device such as an Arduino) and a message ("on/off"). These can be instigated using a web-based interface, and thus offers another method of device remote control. 

 The XOBXOB team have published an Arduino library and a few example projects which make it easy to test the platform and conduct some experiments - however at the moment XOBXOB is still in alpha stage, so don't go controlling critical equipment with it. 

Nevertheless it's an interesting player in the expanding IoT field, and we look forward to watching their progress - so check it out.  And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

Looking to get started with XOBXOB with the Arduino platform? Then save time, space and money with the Freetronics EtherTen. Apart from being fully Arduino Uno-compatible, it has onboard Ethernet, microSD socket, full USB interface (so you don't need a costly FTDI cable just to upload a sketch!) and supports optional Power-over-Ethernet.

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