Pycom, a start-up IoT module manufacturer launched with Texas Instruments at CES2016, is launching its second project on Kickstarter: The LoPy, a WiFi, Bluetooth and LoRa (Low Power WAN) enabled module supporting 10 x faster programming with MicroPython scripting. This latest Kickstarter project follows Pycom’s successfully oversubscribed 2015 WiPy Kickstarter project.
The LoPy is being developed following feedback from Pycom’s WiPy Kickstarter backers where 60% expressed a preference for a new WiFi and Bluetooth module and 20% for a new WiFi and LoRa module. The LoPy has all three and doubles up as a LoRa Nano Gateway able to connect up to 100 other LoPys in a 5km radius.
Pycom’s CEO, Fred de Haro comments: “It was clear to us from the onset that we had to develop something unique by innovating with multi-network boards, power requirements and scripting languages.”
Pycom has formed partnerships with LoRa network operators like Senet and ThingsNetwork to give LoPy users the best possible network coverage.
Additionally, the LoPy’s use of MicroPython’s open source scripting language reduces microcontroller coding time, greatly decreasing the time to market for connected products. The number of applications for developers using the LoPy is endless and includes a long range messaging device for outdoor expeditions where the LoPy becomes the bridge between a smartphone and the LoRa network providing network coverage where there’s no GSM. Other uses include a pet/person/vehicle tracker with the LoPy and a GPS receiver and an agriculture sensor to monitor temperature, soil moisture and sun light on farm land and crops.
“We opted for MicroPython for the LoPy as we believe that MicroPython is the Linux of IoT, backed by a strong developer community who will be able to leverage the LoPy to develop an infinite number of applications. We are now eager to see what the Kickstarter supporters think.” de Haro concludes.
The Kickstarter project can be viewed from tomorrow at www.pycom.io