Particle – which was formerly called Spark – released the third generation of their tiny networked computer cards. Their new product, called Mesh, allows you to connect to a Wi-Fi or cellular network, but also allows you to create a mesh network between multiple Mesh devices. This allows you to create a mesh network similar to common IoT devices from Nest and Netgear. The system, called Thread, allows you to select the network you want to use (Wi-Fi, LTE or even Bluetooth Low Energy), and then program via OpenThread technology.
There are three models, argon, boron and xenon. The Boron, $ 29, supports LTE while the Argon, $ 15, connects to Wi-Fi and the $ 9 Xenon connects only via Bluetooth.
The Particle Mesh basically lets you create large mesh networks of sensors, allowing you to connect multiple disparate devices together wirelessly to collect a wider range of data. You could, for example, connect to a pressure sensor to control the gas or water valves or put it on a farm to detect soil moisture.
He ships in July and is now available for pre-sale
"In the five years since the launch of our first connected Wi-Fi and cellular hardware, more than 140,000 developers have brought their devices online with Particle," said Zach Supalla, co-founder. "At the forefront of implementing IoT, our developer community has discovered the challenges of building local networks. So we designed Mesh to better connect these spaces with each other. We are excited to see the next wave of IoT come to fruition by solving real problems with connected products. "
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