WiseThingz IoT Prototyping Kit

In the world of the Internet of Things (IoT), it is important to test the feasibility of a project concept as the ecosystem – device, network, people and cloud backend – is still in its maturity stage. Whether it is a retail, agricultural, consumer, industrial or healthcare use case, much uncertainty swirls around devices in the field versus lab environment, battery life expectancy, user behavior and acceptability, network stability based on location of use, remote provisioning and upgrade , etc. So a Proof of Concept (PoC) or Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is almost a benchmark for building trust and risk awareness in both the service provider and the customer – before committing the serious time, money and manpower.

But unlike mature technologies, the Internet of Things holds high promise with a great deal of uncertainty. So they are viewed very suspiciously by regular customers – little time and budgets are saved to offer a workable solution and thus trust is built. Needless to say, it is not possible to develop and stabilize custom hardware and firmware in a short time and a small budget. As such, many promising IoT projects are delayed or stalled at this point.

To navigate the situation, WiseThingz has developed and launched the “WishTree IoT Prototyping Kit” – to develop an IoT prototype that works quickly, easily and cost-effectively. WishTree’s prototyping board includes both ESP8266 and ESP32 (ie one at a time), and powers WiFi, BT, BLE, GSM and LoRa all from the same board to achieve fast hands-on demo. ESP32 has built-in WiFi, BT, BLE. GSM and LoRa communication is achieved through the A6-mini module and RFM95 (one by one).

“WishTree IoT Prototyping Kit” is a simple hash board for ESP8266 (ESP12) and ESP32- so all kind of programming like Arduino, python, FreeRTOS, ESP-IDF works with ESP working on this board. It was developed by IoT industry practitioners. So the main advantage over commercial off-the-shelf panels (COTS) is that they contain the required circuits/utilities for any IoT prototypes in the Building. For example – you got multiple playback option – USB, DC socket, screw terminal; Both are 3.3V and 5V onboard Operating mode (Normal, Configuration, FOTA) Select button, Battery-% left reading, I2C pin break, deep sleep µA level and many more.

Moreover, the prototyping kit contains ready-made sockets for common peripherals such as OLED, RTC, memory card, etc. This saves makers from the dangling breadboard and the many criss-crossed jumper wires that go between the dev board and the breadboard – which risks malfunction due to loosening, or sometimes completing an open circuit (re-wiring open often requires you to look at the circuit diagram once again). With WishTree, the lack of a pilotboard makes a great prototype to carry around, and the entire board along with all the jumpers on board can also be put into a ready-made shell to give it a finished look.

The learning curve for getting started with the WishTree Prototyping suite is minimal for developers, makers, and innovators who have already worked with Arduino, ESP8266, and ESP32. The same existing icons and libraries will run as is. Furthermore, to get users up and running quickly, documentation, schematics, installers and codes are provided at: https://console.wisethingz.com/wishtree/.

We see a lot of attraction from our customers – service providers, makers, innovators, and learners to take advantage of this panel of prototypes to quickly test their ideas. Once successful, they develop their own custom board appropriate for the use case – guided by the layout and documentation available. We have always stood there to make the ambitious project a huge success. Often when the quantity demanded is low, the same prototyping board is used as it saves hardware development cost and lead time (and headache of course).

We see another widespread use of the board by educational institutions and colleges. It is used in trainings and workshops. We send these boards in bulk to various IoT competitions. It is the preferred board for organizers where all groups of participants have access to the same infrastructure and can build any use case of their choice using any means of communication. And the icing on the cake is that when the plates are ordered in bulk, the organizer’s logo is affixed to them.

Finally, to provide the complete IoT ecosystem to our customers, makers, and innovators, we’re providing access to WishCloud – an IoT cloud backend and dashboard hosted on AWS – free for 6 months with each panel. HTTP, HTTPS, and MQTT protocols are implemented with the NoSQL database. Users can store and retrieve their data using easy API services – API documentation link is available in the same website page link provided above.

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