While it might sound ridiculous in the first place, the new version 2.0 (planned for November, but slightly delayed) will ship with RTL units to make micro-controller programming possible. So it will be not just possible to develop very high level code with Smart Mobile Studio, but also to address the very low end. Also it’s not just a remote control, but really a programming of the hardware. With this the internet of things is not science fiction anymore, but can be reality under your hands!
So far several different boards are already supported by Espruino, which includes dozens of boards based on the STM32 microcontroller, but also other devices like the Raspberry Pi. A list of working devices is updated constantly on the Espruino’s github site.
Thanks to a very successful kickstarter project (in which we also invested some money), a special board has been developed by the Espruino developer, that is designed perfectly designed for the purpose of internet for things. Compared to other devices it is quite small, highly efficient (low power consumption) and ready for easy wireless access (either with Bluetooth or WiFi). The current price of 34.99$ (around 25€) makes it especially suitable for any device you want to bring to the internet.
The favored Espruino board incude the interfaces I²C, SPI, USART and CAN and features ADC, DAC, PWM and an SD card connector. Furthermore an option for Bluetooth/Wifi and an external clock can be attached. A large prototyp area with the option to host arduino shields makes it ideal for any type of project.
The code runs directly on the hardware and can be deployed either via USB or wirelessly via Bluetooth. Thus remote programming is possible. If you decide to make the code persistent (to survive a restart), just add a ‘save;’ (… to flash) to the end of your code.
With this solution cro-controller, but also reuse and interface existing code easily. By using conditional compilation you can even make the same code compatible for all supported boards (e.g. Espruino board, Raspberry Pi and Sony Smart Watch).
And not to mention the fact that you can easily write a remote control for the hardware easily with Smart Mobile Studio.
At the moments we’re still working on the basics, but a lot of things are already possible. For now you can have a look at an older video posted about 3 months ago, but we’re also working on newer videos to give you some more ideas of what you can do on the lower end with our new Smart Mobile Studio 2.0.