Well… I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. Now building WiFi-enabled gadgets have become so much easier. What am I talking about? This!
Texas Instruments announced an industry-first single-chip low-power embedded WiFi solution - SimpleLink CC3200. The chip combines TI’s CC3100 WiFi network processor with Cortex M4 application processor. This thing can run on 2 AA batteries for over a year!
This is going to change the Internet of Things landscape as we know it because the barrier of adding WiFi connectivity to pretty much anything becomes so low. Every god dammed toaster today has a micro controller. Now adding WiFi capabilities to it becomes essentially free!
I believe this will finally enable convergence on WiFi as a primary connectivity method for the Smart Home as opposed to Zigbee, Z-Wave and other proprietary wireless technologies.
The best thing is that you can get CC3200 LaunchPad development kit LaunchPad today for $29.99 (with free shipping). This is cheaper than the SmartThings Shield and gives you the power of a 32-bit 80 MHz Cortex micro controller with 256K of RAM, embedded web server, hardware encryption engine and so much more. If you’re a DIY type, do yourself a favor and check it out:
BTW, it’s not a sales pitch. I’m not affiliated with TI in any way.