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3 hardware platforms of choice to get started with Eclipse IoT

When you prototype IoT solutions, it becomes necessary very early in your development phase to use an actual embedded platform to run your software, and to test it in an environment that is as close as possible of what you expect your production environment to be.

As I’m sure you know, there are lots of hardware prototyping platforms out there. In this article you will learn about three very popular options (from the cheapest/tiniest to the most capable) that can help you get started with Eclipse IoT projects in no time, and get pointers to useful docs and tutorials to make the initial setup as simple as possible!

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The Rapiro is a nice open-hardware robot, controlled by an Arduino and a Raspberry Pi.

Earlier this week, I decided that he’d be nice if I could run Eclipse Orion directly on the robot, allowing me to write an app that would bridge the Rapiro to the Internet (there’s a WiFi dongle attached to the RaspberryPi so the robot does have Internet access), using MQTT.

I wrote about my experience in this blog post at Element14, so check it out! If you’re more interested in the final result, you may just want to check out the video below 🙂

Oh, and when I say it’s open-hardware, it really is: the 3D models of all the part of the robot are now on Thingiverse, so you are actually free to 3D-print your own version of the robot!