Mono, from Danish startup monoLit, is a programmable gadget that occupies “the place between too dumb and too smart” -- more flexible than single-purpose devices, more put-together than modular development kits, but smaller, less costly and with longer battery life than a smartphone or tablet.
Mono is essentially a 2.2-inch touch screen that can be programmed for all sorts of applications. It uses resistive touch, which means it reacts to pressure from any source (unlike most smartphones, which use capacitive touch to distinguish fingertips from inanimate objects). Behind the screen is an ARM Cortex M-3 processor, 420-mAh lithium-ion battery, temperature sensor, accelerometer, buzz speaker, micro SD card slot, mini-USB and 3.5-mm jacks, and a hardware expansion port. Mono comes in wired-only, Bluetooth, and WiFi versions.
The SDK features an open-source API and includes an Arduino compatibility layer so developers can code with the Arduino IDE and integrate Mono with existing projects. Apps (or “tasks,” as monoLit calls them) will be shared and downloaded through MonoKiosk, an online store with GitHub integration.
MonoLit will provide a number of free and open-source starter tasks, such as weather, calendar, and clock displays, a speed gauge, and a starter remote-control app for Phillips Hue smart lightbulbs.
Mono will launch for preorders through Kickstarter when the Danish version goes online later this month, and if successful will ship in the second quarter of 2015.
Visit openmono.com to learn more or sign up for advance notice so you can be first in line.
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