Arduino and Wi-Fi, together in the immediate future

The Arduino Yún (Yún means “cloud” in Chinese.)

At today’s Bay Area Maker Fair, Arduino announced its new board, the Arduino Yún. The board is an Arduino Leonardo running Linino, a Linux fork based on OpenWRT. The board is Wi-Fi capable, which Arduino hopes will encourage people to use the boards to make cloud-ready projects.

In an official statement the company explained: “Historically, interfacing Arduino with complex Web services has been quite a challenge due to the limited memory available. Web services tend to use verbose text based formats like XML that require quite a lot or ram to parse. On the Arduino Yún we have created the Bridge library which delegates all network connections and processing of HTTP transactions to the Linux machine.”

Earlier this week, another company called Spark Devices also launched a similar idea on Kickstarter called Spark Core, putting forward a Wi-Fi capable board for Arduino projects that permits wireless programming and the ability to interface with Web services. The company had originally asked for $10,000, and has since raised over $300,000. (The campaign ends June 1).

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