The makers of the ultra cute Little Printer have teamed up with Fabrica to announce the launch of “sandbox” – a cloud based space to help company’s lab within a collaborative framework to experiment with connected devices and services. Based off the Berg Cloud platform, users are able to prototype using boards and workshops to develop their own products that connect together.
Devices connect to an Arduino and the Berg Cloud (an OS for connected devices and “the world’s friendliest and most complete Internet of Things and connected products platform”), which was introduced with the Little Printer and Berg’s own cuckoo clock that is Twitter enabled. Thus opening the opportunities for connected devices that can be endless, but the other goal of Sandbox is to encourage the sharing of findings.
Sharing isn’t a usual product of large companies experimenting with new technologies. Sandbox is working to have those venturing into R&D with similar fields to connect to avoid the reinventing of processes already demonstrated by others. Software developers share code at a lightning speed, Sandbox hopes to build that same community for hardware companies.
Sandbox is providing the infrastructure to not only help builders of connected devices prototype solutions but also share design and technology methodologies for future growth. Berg is opening up Sandbox to Fabrica now but folding in more partners this summer with quarterly round-tables to share experiences and insights via a show-and-tell to collaborate on connect products.