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Facebook Parse Adds New Platforms to its IoT SDK

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Parse for IoT, the line of SDKs that Parse announced at F8 2015, has been extended to include support for four additional microcontrollers.

The new supported microcontrollers are: Atmel’s SAM D21 + WINC1500 adapter, Texas Instruments’ CC33200, Intel’s Edison, and Broadcom’s WICED. Parse for IoT initially supported Arduino Yún and Raspberry Pi.

Parse is based on a schemaless JSON-based document store, which makes it really straightforward to start using it, as the following example for Arduino shows:

ParseCreateObject create;
create.setClassName('TemperatureReading');
create.add('currentTemperature', 175.0);
create.send();

The more generic C SDK that targets Linux and other RTOS platforms provides a somewhat lower-level interface to the REST API:

char data[] = '{ \'currentTemperature\': 175.0 }';
parseSendRequest(client, 'POST', '/1/classes/TemperatureReading', data, NULL);

According to Parse, a number of companies have already used their SDK to build diverse products, such as:

  • Freight Farms’ LGM: a system that enables managing food production from a remote location by “tracking air and water quality, monitor crops anytime through live, in-farm cameras”, etc.
  • Musaic: a wireless HiFi system that syncs music, lighting and more.
  • Trignis: a BBQ monitoring system through smoke sensors.

Other hardware products that have integrated the Parse SDK include Chamberlain, makers of garage door openers; Milestone Sports, who make Milestone Pod, a wearable running tracker; and Roost, makers of smart batteries for smoke detectors.

In keeping with Parse recent decision of open sourcing their SDK, all of the IoT modules, which are written in C or C++ depending on the target platform, are available on GitHub. A specific repository hosts the C++ Arduino SDK.

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