Pinnocio (no h…) is the latest connectivity device for the Internet of Things, and it looks impressive.
The company calls itself “a complete ecosystem for building the Internet of Things.”
According to an email from company co-founder Eric Jennings to Design News, it works through:
..a mix of hardware, wireless networking, and an API that we’ve built into each board. Every Pinoccio device has a unique URL that you can view in a Web browser to monitor or actuate it.
One of the things I found appealing about the Pinnocio is that it uses mesh networking. Their radios “support wireless and over-the-air programming with 2.4GHz connectivity using the 802.15.4 wireless standard. Web connectivity is available using a WiFi shield.”
The company placed special emphasis on long battery life. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery can run for 400 days if only the MCU is running, but that drops to 28 hours if both the MCU and radio are running at full power. With the radio sleeping and the MCU running battery life is 122 hours.
Ease of use is also a major priority for Pinoccio. Jennings told Design News,
.. within five minutes of opening a Pinoccio package, you can have hardware pushing data to a Web page, or the Web page controlling the hardware….What you do after that is only limited by your imagination.
Pinnocio was designed to be compatible with Arduino boards — Arduino tools can be used to upload software to them.