As the trends towards more powerful devices at lower price points continue, and technology makes its way into locks, light bulbs, smoke detectors and everything else in our lives (because hey, it makes make life better and doesn’t add much cost) we’ll start to see more and more hardware products that are basically given away — because the real money is in the software services.
The article also mentioned “Malware of things” – irons and electric kettles were discovered in Russia that contained Wifi chips and microprocessors designed to find unprotected Wifi networks, presumably for the purposes of sending spam.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.