A new startup dramatically simplifies development of IoT products.
If you have been exploring IoT sensor kits like TI's SensorTag you know that developing a final IoT product takes not only effort on the software side but you also have to deal with hardware design and firmware programming. Rysta, a startup I have met earlier this week at Bits & Pretzels, removes the complexity of hardware from IoT projects.
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The Rysta sensor is an end consumer product the company aims to sell for a very affordable price. CEO Moritz Gruber mentioned to me a low price of about 30 Euro. The device houses a bunch of sensors including temperature, humidity, pressure, light, sound, air quality and accelerometer. A button like on the Amazon Dash is also present as well as a LED light and a buzzer.
The Rysta sensor device is expandable via a port and the company as a series of additional sensors planned. The Wi-Fi connected Rysta sensor requires power supply via USB. A battery powered device is in the planning to make the Rysta sensor portable or wearable.
The sensor devices connect to the Rysta cloud which offers app developers an API to interact with the sensors and actuators in the Rysta device. The cloud functionalities also include payment, storage, analytics besides connectivity to turn an IoT idea into a recurring revenue stream for app makers quickly.
Rysta supports IFTTT, Nest, WeMo, Hue and Twilio for home automation tasks and automatic triggering of phone calls and messages. The Rysta sensor can also operate in offline mode. The Rysta OS supports a rules engine to implement simple functions like "flash a red light when the air quality gets bad in the meeting room."
Rysta plans to distribute the Rysta sensor via retail channels such as Amazon. App developers do not have to care about the hardware at all. They just have to tell their customers to get a Rysta to be able to use the IoT functions in their apps.
There is no official launch date of Rysta yet, but it is near. More details on the Rysta site.