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Developer Internet of Things App Starter Kit

A new project has emerged this month for software application developers targeting Internet of Things related applications.

Berlin-based Relayr is developing WunderBar, a developer starter kit for building Internet of Things apps. The project allows programmers to "quickly access data from the physical world" with WunderBar's SDKs or with its REST API.

WunderBar is a sensor and software kit with the newest Bluetooth Low Energy (Beacon), WiFi, together with SDKs for iOS, Android, and Node.js and is packaged as a chocolate bar shape; i.e., "snappable" physical module chunks.

According to the project development team, the WunderBar has six smart modules. Three provide sensors to monitor temperature, proximity, light, color, humidity, and movement. A fourth sensor helps you control your home entertainment system with an infrared transmitter — and the last two will be "chosen by the crowd" through community choice.

With the WunderBar "Hello Thermometer" tutorial, the team claims that developers can have their first Internet of Things app up and running in less than 10 minutes. They provide the libraries, tutorials, and examples you need to start using the sensors in your environment.

Programmers can use Xcode, Android SDK, or text editor with command-line compilers — but with the "added benefit" of being able to access data from the physical world.

"No matter how good the frameworks and libraries you have, you need to be able to investigate how a sensor really works and operates. Our browser-based developer dashboard makes it simple to add graphical simulators to create scenarios to test your app. They fire real events at our cloud-based device integration layer, allowing you to view and test the full lifecycle of events. Our HTML log viewer allows you to review sensor activity historically or in real-time, making it easy to understand the data that flows to your app," said the organization, in a blog post.

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