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Secret Labs’ Netduino is a 32-bit Open Source (CC and Apache 2.0) electronics platform based on the Open Source (Apache 2.0) .NET Micro Framework. The $60 Netduino Plus includes a micro SD card slot and built-in Ethernet with full TCP/IP (provided by the open source lwIP stack). With it, you can create networked sensor systems, robots, interactive toys. Based on C# and a high-level SDK, it’s easy to use. You can be blinking an LED in 15 minutes, and you could easily have your first project up and running in a few short hours.
To develop with Netduino, you’ll use Microsoft’s Visual Studio (free and full versions), but Netduino users have posted community-supported instructions on how to use the Netduino SDK with the open source Mono toolchain (compilation and deployment only; for debugging you’ll need Visual Studio).
There are estimates of 15 billion devices connected in the ‘Internet of Things’ by 2015 – up from several billion today. A large part of this growth will be in IP connected devices. The makers of two collaborating Open Source projects (one hardware and one software) talk about how you can easily create connected devices using a RESTful interface and standard Web technologies. Come see how you can build connected device solutions for under $100 using the same tools and skills that are used on the desktop. Presented by Secret Labs and Microsoft.
Colin Miller is the Product Unit Manager for the .NET Micro Framework. This is an Open Source version of .NET for very small devices. In 35 years in the inudstry, Colin has worked in almost every facet of computing from embeddedd to database to WEB services to developer tools and more. He has run the .NET Micro Framework project as an Open Source Collaboration since 2009.
Chris Walker is the founder of Secret Labs LLC and inventor of the Netduino open source electronics platform. He lives in New York City.