In today’s environment, where internet practically rules everything, it is to be expected to see everyone wanting their devices and products to have internet connectivity. Things being connected to the internet make it easy for people to control their stuff wirelessly and remotely—and to some extent, automatically. An event that is soon to be seen is something called Internet of Things—things are now internet-connected, right from your coffee maker up to your house itself. An increase in demands of such products makes companies that previously sold their products in their regular form feel compelled to manufacture a row of items with such a capability. As an implication of this, many designers and programmers are now expected to come up with a device with sensors and internet connectivity to fulfill market’s demands.
If you wish to contribute, start by developing an application using a platform that is already existing. Building a new platform specifically to suit the IoT requirements from scratch is time-wasting to say the least. It is easier for you to develop something using a pre-existing platform. Security should also be your number one concern when developing an application for mass consumption. With the things being connected to the internet, chances of privacy violation are higher than ever. Sure, no hackers are that focused to hack into your coffee maker to make stop functioning. But spreading viruses or malware becomes a lot easier. Harmful programs can hop from your coffee maker to your smart-TV to your tablet and then invade your phone. So develop something that protects the devices from said threats.
Head on to Microchip website to find a capable microcontroller that suit your applications. You are going to need one for the device you are developing for many reasons. One of said reasons is to control how your device uses its power source, the battery. Main energy consumption of a device comes from its radio function like Wi-Fi. So a good microcontroller can regulate this behavior so your device can run its wireless features only when it has to.