Intel IoT developer kit v1.0 is here

The new Intel(R) IoT Developer Kit v1.0 software components are available now for immediate download on the Software Downloads page .

Published Date
17 - Mar - 2015
| Last Updated
23 - Apr - 2015
 
Intel IoT developer kit v1.0 is here

INTEL IOT DEVELOPER KIT V1.0 IS HERE

I am pleased to announce the release of the Intel® IoT Developer Kit v1.0. A follow-on to the original beta release 

supporting Intel® Galileo and Intel® Edison.  Intel IoT Developer Kit is targeted at hobbyists, students and  entrepreneurial developers interested to build IoT solutions.  Last year we hosted 10 roadshows world wide with over 1100  developers participating and over 200 projects were created with over 50 shared on instructables. In 2015, we are planning  to host 20 IoT roadshow events for developer communities in cities across the US, Europe, South American and Asia. Please  join us, get an Intel development board, popular sensors, developer tools and begin building something awesome.

The new release offers a number of enhancements, bug fixes and improved usability including:

1. Improved Eclipse C/C++ new project creation, templates and samples to get started quickly
2.Support for 70+ sensors via UPM libraries
3.Guided Windows* installer for Intel® Edison setup and configuration
4.IO library support for Intel Edison mini breakout boards
5.Improved documentation including a Developer Resources page for Intel® Edison and guides for getting started with Wi-Fi*  and Bluetooth
6.Wyliodrin* (visual programming) support for Intel Edison

I am super glad that we decided to expose our developers to the beta version (in Sept '14) as opposed to waiting to finish  up the rough edges. We were able to gather tons of feedback (good, bad and ugly) on the beta product - the valuable input  we directly used to improve the product and bring you the release v1.0. Listening to you and focusing on what you cared  the most helped us "prioritize" the features that we are building. Sincere thanks to all the IoT roadshow participants and  to IoT developer community members for providing valuable feedback on the beta product. We did get a lot of positive  product feedback that told us that we are headed in the right direction, but we also got some very pointed feedback on  what should be improved. Please keep your feedback coming.

(1)  Improved Eclipse C/C++ new project creation, templates and samples to get started quickly

"It is a pain to setup a new project. I though it might be a good idea to light a fire under them by showing how easily  others have set up Eclipse.  Eclipse is awesome, but the way they have it set up is horrible"  -mikemoy gave his feedback And, I also heard a lot of Eclipse C/C++ feedback  around  "difficulty with setting up new projects" and "lack of  meaningful templates and samples".  So, fixing the Eclipse user experience by providing an easy option to create a new  project from the menu as opposed to copying and starting from one of the given templates became one of our "Top Priority"  requirement that we developed. We built a new eclipse plug-in for new project creation, improved the C++ templates and  improved the UX to provide links to access examples and documentation.

(2) Support for 70+ sensors via UPM libraries

At every hackathon/roadshow we got requests for new sensor libraries. Find below some samples from the roadshow survey  results

"please support real sensors not just beginner buttons and LEDS"
"more sensors and libraries"
"sensor documentation and samples please"
"we can't build real interesting IoT projects with the sensors libraries you have"

So, we decided to focus our efforts in increasing the number of sensors and actuators  we support via UPM libraries. We  also worked on revamping the sensors we give at the roadshows - I will talk more about that in my next blog. We also  worked very hard to improve the documentation and samples - but, it is an ongoing effort and we will continue to improve  them.

(3) Guided Windows* installer for Intel Edison setup and configuration

I am first to acknowledge that setting up an Edison board especially on windows in not easy or for the faint hearted. Lot  of steps involved and community was screaming for a better and easier way to setup Edison. So, we decided to build a  guided windows installer for Intel Edison.

The new Intel Edison Windows* Installer:

  • Installs Intel® Edison drivers
  • Downloads and installs the Intel Edison firmware
  • Downloads and installs IDEs such as Arduino*, Eclipse* and Intel® XDK IoT Edition

And, do note that the installer for Intel Galileo and installers for mac and linux users is on our roadmap and will be  coming soon. Stay tuned - we heard you and we are working as hard as we can to improve the out of box setup experience.

(4) IO library support for Intel Edison mini breakout boards

I know you must be thinking why we did not support this to begin with - I agree. For multitude of reasons we could not get  to this for the beta release, so we did it now. I know you also maybe thinking - what about all the other 3rd party  breakout boards - we are working on it as well and is on our road map.

(5) Improved documentation including a Developer Resources page for Intel® Edison and guides for getting started with Wi- Fi* and Bluetooth*

Documentation issues and gaps was a "huge complaint" we got over and over again. So, we did put in a lot of energy in  improving this area. We published a Developer Resources page for the Intel® Edison board to make content easier to find.  We also published guides for getting started with Wi-Fi* and Bluetooth* on the Intel ® Edison board.  In addition, we  added Troubleshooting and FAQ guides for the Intel® Edison board, Arduino*

  • IDE, Eclipse* IDE, and Intel® XDK IoT Edition. 
  • Intel® Edison Board Developer Resources
  • Intel® Edison Board Getting Started with Wi-Fi*
  • Intel® Edison Board Getting Started with Bluetooth*
  • Intel® Edison Board Troubleshooting and FAQ
  • Arduino* for Intel® IoT Platforms Troubleshooting and FAQ
  • Intel® XDK IoT Edition Troubleshooting and FAQ
  • Eclipse* for Intel® IoT Platforms Troubleshooting and FAQ
  • For other documentation and code samples please visit software.intel.com/iot

(6) Wyliodrin* (visual programming) support for Intel Edison

We worked very closely with Wyliodrin to drive number of improvements, such as Support Edison board

  • Integrate UPM/libmraa libraries
  • Support for more sensors
  • Ability for team members to share projects
  • Ability to create new blocks

As the Product Manager for Intel IoT dev kit, I am always looking for product feedback, ideas for product improvement and  opportunity to connect with developers/makers using the dev kit. And, as you can see we pay very close attention to your  feedback. Please keep it coming.

For more such intel IoT resources and tools from Intel, please visit the Intel® Developer Zone

Source: https://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2015/02/20/intel-iot-developer-kit-v10-is-here