The development of a smartphone front end in the form of an app typically takes a lot of time and effort for a microcontroller application. And since time = money, we are already talking a sizeable outlay in a semiprofessional context. Using Smart.IO however it’s done and dusted for 16 $. How’s that possible?
Smart.IO consists of three parts:
1. A small module with a chip.
2. A software API for the GUI.
3. A "programmable" smartphone app.
Part 1 is a chip that can communicate with any microcontroller type and which handles the (radio) link with the smartphone. With part 2, you can create a graphical user interface suitable for your application really easily and part 3 determines how the smartphone and the module interact with each other via Bluetooth. In short Smart.IO is a modular system, which allows you to quickly and easily ‘smartphonify’ any microcontroller application.
Smart.IO is also a kickstarter project, ending soon. They have already succeeded in busting their original $ 5,000 target by a substantial margin. It looks like the Smart.IO developers have already been awarded an early present this Christmas. Maybe there is even time to put your name down for a $16 package (but don’t expect delivery before Christmas). The smartphone app itself is also available free of charge (with reduced functionality) for testing purposes.