This infographic shows the interest mobile developers have in IoT moving into 2016, making it perfect for this introductory post.
The infographic below clearly shows that the majority of mobile/software developers (at least based on those who follow me, and took part in this survey) have a moderate to strong interest in hardware, or IoT.
I’ve had my own interest for some time now, but I delayed getting really involved until attending the Intel Innovator Summit in October. I was encouraged by a few outstanding Intel employees (Grace Metri and Michelle Chuaprasert in particular) who attended the summit; they offered a lot of support, and I was able to pick up an Edison and Arduino breakout board before leaving. From there, I have begun to become somewhat less noob-ish.
I started in tech (coding/mobile apps) as someone with no background in … well, anything remotely technical. I was a writer for years until, long story short, I died, got revived, then decided I needed a career change. I’d always been interested in programming, so I went and taught myself how to code. Along the way, I wrote tutorials, answered questions and generally got involved in the developer community – fast forward a few years and I’d made a career of it, with thousands of people learning to code with my support.
This is what I hope to do for IoT; make some new resources available that don’t presume any prior knowledge at all, except for the basics of using a computer. (I think that’s fair, since one wouldn’t be on this website otherwise.)
Take a look at the IoT infographic below, from a survey of mobile developers.
From this, you can see the interest. It’s exciting, I’m excited by it – and much like coding, if you have a helping hand, it isn’t that hard to get a grip on the basics and move on to do some amazing things.
I look forward to helping you learn, as I learn myself, and I welcome any and all feedback, requests, comments, etc. that you’d like to share; you can use the comment box below or reach out to me on Twitter.
Stay tuned for my next post, which will cover what supplies you’ll need to get started.