In the past few months, we have covered plenty of Arduino and Raspberry Pi related products. The Electron by the Spark team is quite special though. It is an Arduino-like cellular development kit with a SIM card and a data plan for your low-bandwidth projects. Those of you who have any experience with Arduino are going to find working with the Electron familiar. It has the following:
- STM32F205 ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller
- 1MB Flash, 128K RAM
- U-Blox SARA U-series (3G) or G-series (2G)
- 8 GPIOs (D0-D13, A0-A13), plus TX/RX, 2 GNDs, VIN, VBAT, WKP, 3V3, RST
The folks behind the product will provide SIM cards and manage the relationship with the cell towers and carriers. The data plan costs $2.99 a month for 1MB, which is good for 20k messages per month. You can use the Electron to build all kinds of fun connected devices. The project has already met its initial funding goal on Kickstarter.