Wi-Fi preview release

Want to add Wi-Fi to your Arduino project? We’re bringing Wi-Fi to Berg… and we’re looking for developers to help us test it.

Get an Arduino Mega, and the Texas Instruments CC3000 Wi-Fi shield from Adafruit. Download our client library… and you’re set.

It’s easier than using Wi-Fi on its own. Our client library manages the Wi-Fi connection for you and handles HTTP requests and responses, with automatic data translation between JSON on the web and native data-types on the Arduino. On the web side, you work with your devices using JSON and a RESTful web API. Berg ensures message delivery in both directions, and tracks online/offline status for all your devices.

While we’re in this preview release, we don’t have a public Getting Started tutorial. Get in touch by email at info@bergcloud.com and we’ll send you GitHub download links, step-by-step instructions, and documentation.

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The web is where the smarts are

One of our core beliefs here at Berg is that the best technology to develop and run connected products is the web. Give a device a web API, then add – and iterate – behaviour and smarts by doing web development.

So that’s what we do. We give your Arduino project its own web API. Something we’re super focused on is the V2 Cloud API. We reckon it should be as simple to make a smart device as it is to build a website. It should be as simple to make a thousand devices smart as it is to make just that first one.

It’s how we built Little Printer… it’s a basic device with a web API, made smart by the website behind it. The “dumb” part was originally running on Arduino and now it’s running on its own module… but the smart website is the same website and has been developing since the beginning.

We already have a way to give this web API to connected devices. The Devshield is hardware we developed that snaps onto Arduinos. It’s Zigbee-based and bulletproof. It’s how we start prototyping ourselves.

But loads of people have been asking for Wi-Fi, so now we’re adding that too…

What’s new

Here’s what’s new…

  • You can now connect to Berg with Wi-Fi, and use the V2 Cloud API to manage and control your devices
  • Since we’re not the exclusive suppliers of hardware, it’s more widely available. Here’s your shopping list from Adafruit: Arduino Mega. Texas Instruments CC3000 Wi-Fi shield.
  • You’ll need the client libraries and instructions to get started… while we’re in this preview release, please email at info@bergcloud.com and we’ll sort you out.

Our Wi-Fi solution works exclusively with the CC3000 Arduino shield. We chose the CC3000 because it’s an awesome chip: It’s small, readily available, and cheap at volume. You can configure the network with an iPhone or Android app, which means you can distribute your smart device to users — perfect for prototyping. We also like that Texas Instruments are actively developing the CC3000 firmware, and we expect that to result in improved performance and stability.

Plus the Arduino shield itself is available from Adafruit, quality retailers of electronics and a huge developer community besides.

During development, we’ve made small improvements to the open source Arduino library for the CC3000, and also to libraries for websockets and JSON. We’re contributing these changes upstream starting today.

What’s next

What’s next? This Wi-Fi connector brings Berg to many more developers. We’re going to make the CC3000 shield as solid as our Devshields for development. So we’d love feedback on the documentation, APIs, and stability.

We’ll keep pushing towards our goals for the Berg platform, to make it:

  • dead simple to understand
  • dead simple to use
  • time-saving for developers of connected hardware
  • a place that brings hardware makers and web developers together

Let us know if you want in on the Wi-Fi preview!