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A tiny Wi-Fi development board. Arduino + Wi-Fi + ARM Cortex M3  + wireless programming + REST API = awesome.
A tiny Wi-Fi development board. Arduino + Wi-Fi + ARM Cortex M3 + wireless programming + REST API = awesome.
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Posted by Spark IO (Creator)


Kickstarter Backers! Hello,

(Wow, haven’t written that line in awhile!)

Today we’re thrilled to tell you about Particle Mesh and our third generation family of developer kit hardware. To learn more about each board and to order a few of your own, browse on over to our preorder page.

You should know that you helped us get here. You supported us when we brought you the Core, the Photon, and the Electron. Thanks again for that support.

Meet the third generation of Particle hardware: the Argon (Wi-Fi), Boron (LTE), and Xenon (Mesh). All three devices have mesh and Bluetooth built in, and designed so you can build local mesh networks that also connect to the cloud.

And don’t delay, to celebrate the launch we’ve slashed the cost on all new Particle Mesh hardware. You can also earn a free trip to Maker Faire Bay Area on us for referring your friends! Grab yours now.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll build next.

The Particle Team

Cellular for Everything: Meet the Spark Electron

Posted by Spark IO (Creator)

Dearest Spark Friends,

Today is a very exciting day! We’re proud to announce the newest addition to the Spark family — the Electron, our cellular development kit that we hope will open up the Internet of Things to a whole new category of connected products. Best of all, we’re going back to our roots and launching the Electron on Kickstarter, the same crowdfunding platform where we first met so many of you way back in May of 2013. Visit our Kickstarter campaign to pre-order an Electron and be one of the first to own this amazing addition to the Spark lineup.

The Electron works a lot like our other development kits, the Spark Core and Photon, except it connects to the Internet using a 2G or 3G cellular connection instead of Wi-Fi. This means it works anywhere your phone does, and can go wherever you need it to — your backyard, your bicycle, or your banana grove.

Back to Kickstarter

Throughout the past two years, we’ve grown our team from 4 to 24, raised venture capital, and shipped tens of thousands of Spark Cores to engineers, designers, and product creators all over the world. We’re grown up a bunch since our tender years, which begs the question —why Kickstarter?

The reason we’re so excited about the Electron is that we think the world of builders and creators really needs it. The cellular version of the Internet of Things (often called "Machine to Machine" or "M2M") has quite a few barriers, and it's not set up for the little guys (or even the medium-sized guys). For most companies outside of Tier 1 handset and automative manufacturers, building a cellular-connected product is nearly impossible due to opaque pricing, drawn out negotiations, high volume expectations, and complicated certifications.

We’re back on Kickstarter to change all that. Our hope is that by rallying support around a development experience that is affordable, easy to use, and open, we can disrupt the cellular industry and open up the floodgates to a new generation of incredible connected products. The best way to disrupt an industry is to raise a rumpus, and we think that Kickstarter is the perfect venue to do just that.

The campaign is now live, and we’d love if you helped us spread the word by sharing with your friends and family!

Forward looking, backwards compatible

We’re also happy to announce that the Electron provides a whole new way to connect to the world while maintaining compatibility with the accessories, software, and development tools you’re already familiar with.

With the introduction of Spark OS, the Photon, and now the Electron, Spark has become much more than the development kit we launched in 2013. We’ve got our sights set on changing the way people and things everywhere connect with one another, which is only possible with the help, enthusiasm, and support of you all.

Bottom line: we love you guys, and we’re proud and excited to take this leap into unexplored territory together.

If you have feedback, please send it to our way — we’d love to hear from you :-)

High fives all around.

Cheers and Spark love,

Zach and the Spark Team

Introducing the Photon.

Posted by Spark IO (Creator)

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Maker Faire, Pebble, CleverPet, Spark.subscribe(), and a new project site. Phew!

Posted by Spark IO (Creator)

Hi Everyone! Lots to share, as usual! Events, Spark-powered products, and new features. Let's dig in!

Visit us at Maker Faire!

It's a big weekend for the maker community - that's right, it's Maker Faire Bay Area time! Maker Faire is this weekend (May 17 and 18) in San Mateo; our team will be out in force and we're hoping to meet some of you in person. We'll be at Booth #813 - if you check out this map, we're basically located next to the "Java" logo in the Expo Hall. Please come say hello!

Spark and Pebble - BFFs

Speaking of Maker Faire....

We're excited to announced that we will be at Maker Faire with Pebble, the creators of one of the most exciting wearable products on the market (and fellow Kickstarter vets).  We're huge fans of the Pebble team and products, and we're really excited to showcase what the Internet of Things can look like when people and companies collaborate. We'll have a bunch of cool Spark demos that can be controlled directly from your Pebble and we'll be sharing more information and code so you too can connect your Spark projects with your smartwatch. 

If you want some more info, check out our new blog post on the weekend:

CleverPet - a Spark powered game for your dog!

CleverPet is the latest Spark powered product to hit the market and they are currently rocking it on Kickstarter! CleverPet is an extremely intelligent "learning game console" that automatically entertains and educates your dog, even when they're home alone. The whole thing has been designed by a team of neuroscientists who have applied their learnings to create one really cool and smart product. 

We love CleverPet -- their device handles nearly any kind of dry pet food, is hackable, science-based, and, well, it's built around the Spark Core. We've been chatting with their team for a while and they really know what they're doing, especially when it comes to dog training. If you have a dog (or even a cat!) and you like hacking with your Core, then be sure to check out the CleverPet campaign.

Pub/sub between Cores with Spark.subscribe()

The Spark team is super proud to release in v0.2.2 a much anticipated feature: Spark.subscribe(). What does this mean? It's now easy to send messages from one Core to another.

You may have been using Spark.publish() to send messages from your Spark Core since we released that feature a couple of months ago. Now you can subscribe to those same messages from another Core! This is a great way to do pub/sub messaging where Cores can communicate directly with one another, regardless of where they are in the world.

For full details and documentation, check out our blog post here

New Project Sharing Site:

We wanted a place that made it easy for people to not only share their projects built using Spark but also find other cool projects that they may want to try, support or just give a thumbs-up to. Luckily we met the team at Hackster, a new project sharing site, and we've worked with them to create, the official new home for sharing and finding Spark projects. One of the things we're most excited about is how easy it is to include Github repos, links and instructions.

We would love to see all of the projects that you have been making with your Cores so start posting!

So many new things, and more to come. Thanks for your continued support, we hope you're enjoying your Cores, and we hope to see some of you at Maker Faire Bay Area this weekend!

We <3 you,

- Zach and the Spark team

Next Generation Spark Product

Posted by Spark IO (Creator)

Dearest backers,

We are pleased to share with you an epic new chapter in the Spark journey...

Inspiration and background

Earlier this week, my ritual skimming of news was going strong when I came upon a shocking summary of a headline of an article which claimed that people today are being overwhelmed with information. Although I didn't have time to read it, the message resonated with me deeply: our beleaguered attention spans are increasingly under assault by a siege of ubiquitous media. I stopped texting, paused the video I was watching, and walked straight out of the meeting I was in. I took a long slow sip from my coffee. And I began to wonder if the torrid pace of today's consumer is the very reason we've begun to celebrate certain hallmarks of an era where time was spent more thoughtfully. What else could explain our newfound demand for artisanal carved ice cubes and mindfully mason-jarred, home crafted pickles?

I realized that we all have the same hunger for purposeful connection. We needed a new device to help cut through the entropy separating us from one another, something free from distractions, something deliberate and slow to help shape our most valuable thoughts. Something that would capture the technological romanticism of the 1890s while meeting the accessibility standards of today.

It is with these goals in mind that I am proud to to share Spark's exciting new development.

Introducing the Open Internet Telegraph

Development update

Although this incredible project is still in early beta, we wanted to share some details. We haven't checked, but this could very well be the world's first open Wi-Fi telegraph with end-to-end encryption and internet connectivity. We believe in creating a connected ecosystem of devices, but also of people, so unlike the original Telegraph, we will not be charging by the word. In fact, if you own a Spark Core, we won't be charging any monthly fees. Take that text messages!

And, recognizing that not all of our users have mastered the demands of morse code, we've also included an autocorrect feature that will help smooth over common mistakes.

The Spark Telegraph
The Spark Telegraph


You tell us! If there is sufficient demand, we might consider introducing a new Kickstarter project for the Spark Telegraph with a limited run of beautiful wooden and brass Wi-Fi Telegraphs.

All the best,

Zachary and the Spark Team