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IoT Buyers Guide 2016: Which IoT Starter Kit Should You Buy?

Amartya Baidya
A 22-year-old Bong from Kolkata, Amartya’s passion for ‘sondesh’ is matched only by his curiosity in tech. Rumor has it, that he once got a nasty electric shock. Ever since then he has been found to dismantle electronics with a vengeance and mod everything that goes beep.

Today, we are back here with the second installment of our IoT Buyers Guide, and the product category under scrutiny is IoT Starter Kits. In an earlier article, we went into a lot of detail explaining the pros and cons of Connected Lightbulbs and which one should be the best fit for your use case. 

Now, while connected lightbulbs are fun to play around with and flaunt your geeky side, there’s not really much of development that can be done with them. Most of them offer an SDK that is very restrictive both in scope and ease of use! This is because most of these lightbulbs, like almost all standalone IoT modules available today, communicate through a mobile app interface.

IoT Starter Kit

So what do you do, if you’re a developer who wants to get started developing a project on IoT? Or maybe you’ve a brilliant idea that needs just a few low-powered sensors and an IoT-based core to come to fruition. No matter what the use case, these Starter Kits have got every one of your IoT interests covered.

So whether you be a serious developer or just a casual enthusiast who knows a bit of code, hop aboard as we take a look at the 5 best IoT Starter Kits available in the market today.

#1. Arm mBed (Price: 45.95$)

IoT Starter Kit

Pro

  • Coming from the Industry leaders in processor manufacture in the smartphone and tablet space, the mBed solutions from ARM come with various low-powered alternatives which can pretty much cover all IoT scenarios.

Con

  • The analytics and storage is handled by IBM’s Bluemix platform which charges a monthly or yearly fee after the 30-day free trial is over.

#2. AWS Starter Kit (Price: 179$)

IoT Starter Kit

Pro

  • Amazon has gone all in with the IoT products offering two of the best hardware kits in the form of Intel’s Edison platform as well as Seeduino for prospective developers.

Con

  • With the rapid strides that are being made with the IoT capabilities of Alexa, the future of AWS retaining all of it’s compatibility with other central hubs remains dicey.

#3. WunderBar (Price: 199$)

IoT Starter Kit

Pro

  • This is one of the best starter kits for IoT app developers as the Wunder Bar comes with seven individual sensors that all connect wirelessly and through a bridge and there is one master module at the helm.

Con

  • The master module can only be controlled through a smartphone or Raspberry Pi-esque computer.

#4. Twine (Price: 184.95$)

IoT Starter Kit

Pro

  • One of the most innovative products in the IoT category, Twine’s main USP lies in the fact that it can be coded in multiple different languages so that the developer can always stay within his comfort zone.

Con

  • The starter kit alone cannot function and needs a host of add-on sensors to be already present and installed to work correctly in identifying issues around the house.

#5. Verve2 (Price: Undisclosed)

 

Pro

  • Perfect for those coming from a non-coding background, this Kickstarter project aims to make IoT accessible for each and every tinkerer and gadget freak out there.

Con

  • Despite making sizable funds from the Kickstarter campaign, the VERVE2 still isn’t available to buy for the general public.

And with that, we come to the end of our search for the best IoT Starter Kit available in the consumer market today. As the IoT industry evolves, we are sure that more innovative products will come to woo our attention, so keep your eyes glued to this space for all things IoT!

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