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Enter the Matrix IoT development board for Raspberry Pi

Steve Rogerson
July 5, 2016
 
An IoT-ready development board for the Raspberry Pi will be launched this month by Florida-based Matrix Labs.
 
Called Matrix Creator, it uses machine intelligence as a building block for hardware. The $99 sensor-packed development board and platform are said to allow developers to build IoT apps quickly and inexpensively for drones, robots, smart homes, security, gaming, retail and other ideas.
 
Designed for Raspberry Pi 3, it replaces common hardware for custom applications, eliminates complicated wiring and simplifies packaging.
 
"There are eight million Raspberry Pi's in the world, fuelled by thousands of developers working towards a common goal, invention and hands-on learnings," said Rodolfo Saccoman, CEO of Matrix Labs. “We believe that machine intelligence should be seamless in the global creation of IoT solutions.”
 
Sensors and components included are ultraviolet sensor, pressure sensor, 3D accelerometer, 3D gyroscope, 3D magnetometer, humidity sensor, eight MEMs microphone array, temperature sensor, Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA, ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller and RGBW LED light array.
 
Connectivity and communications include Zigbee support, Thread support, Z-Wave support, NFC reader, infra-red RX and TX for remote controller compatibility, two ADC channels, 17 digital GPIOs, SPI bus, I2C bus, uart interface, and infra-red ring for the Raspberry Pi NoIR camera.
 
The a Raspberry Pi daughter board is claimed to provide the most embedded sensors on the market and be the first Raspberry Pi add-on with support for NFC, Z-Wave, Zigbee and Thread on the same board.
 
Matrix OS lets developers create apps within minutes using Javascript. It empowers developers with the ability to combine numerous hardware applications, M2M communications and an ever-growing amount of integrations to make hardware creation easier. Furthermore, developers can leverage flexible machine intelligence and computer vision libraries including face detection, face recognition and gesture recognition, with more detection algorithms planned.
 
"If you can use Javascript, you can start making internet of things applications on the Matrix OS platform," said Matrix platform architect Sean Canton. “Apps can run in homes or businesses and developers can monetise installs, or build incredible service-based businesses implementing apps for clients. Imagine bringing your smart home with you to any Matrix OS enabled environment, from friend's houses to AirBnBs. This is a brand new app economy anchored in the physical world.”
 
Noel Elman, formerly at MIT leading the Elman Research Group, added: "It is an entire community for inspired creators to build their ideas quickly and simply, from girls who code to veteran hardware engineers. This means connecting online and learning together, and also brings us physically together in maker spaces and meet-ups."