Maker Faire, Pebble, CleverPet, Spark.subscribe(), and a new project site. Phew!
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: http://blog.spark.io//2014/05/14/spark-and-pebble-bffs/
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: spark.hackster.io
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 http://spark.hackster.io/, 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