SINGING CAT - IoT as a Service
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At first, I used arduinos and rasperry PIs, which are a lot of fun, and one can share a lot of code with others. But it quickly made the livingroom look very untidy. It also didn't feel right to have to purchase a power-supply, a wifi-shield, a raspberry pi, and even a transistor, seperately, then write the code, and then solder it to a simple little device. And each time we changed the wifi password we had to get the device, plug it into a computer and upload new code via USB. This had to be easier.
After talking to several people, we thought, it would be great if it wouldn't only react to email, and if it not only be a cat, but a more generic device, but still 'ready-to-go' and 'plug'n play' and 'turnkey solution'.