Mashery attended Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 14 this past week and participated in the Ultimate MakerSpace, running a table next to 3D Systems. Our purpose? To talk about all of the great developer outreach we do around the world via our hackathon organization platform, Hacker League. We also were keen to discuss how Mashery APIs support Intel’s Internet of Things strategy and the hardware hacker community at large.
Intel has placed a lot of emphasis on emerging technologies like Intel Edison and 3D printers like those from 3D Systems - the ultimate goal being to support the next generation of hardware startups around the world. On the first day, evangelists Cheston Cantaoi and myself (Rex St John) set up our table in the Ultimate MakerSpace. Dozens of makers and hackers stopped by to learn about Mashery and how we help developers via our extensive outreach efforts.
Mashery was lucky enough to be located next to 3D Systems, who were displaying their most advanced new models of Cube Pro printers.
3D Systems also makes a smaller printer specifically targeted at home makers which were busy printing small statuettes the entire time along with blue Intel bunny-suits.
Fresh off a major win at TechCrunch Disrupt for his team’s water conservation hack built using Intel Galileo Gen 2, evangelist Neil Mansilla spent a few hours at the booth discussing Mashery’s API management tools.
The Ultimate MakerSpace is all about creativity, here is a pinball machine using the Intel ConnectAnything library to control a series of fans, spinning wheels and paddles.
Other creative projects included the Makey Makey Banana Piano, a fully working musical instrument powered by fruit.
One of the most important announcements at IDF 14 was the launch of Intel Edison, a $50 development prototyping board which includes Bluetooth LE (4.0) and Wi-Fi capabilities. Edison projects were on display all around IDF and were the “brains” behind many of the most compelling new products unveiled.
For the first time we met Jimmy, the 3D printed robot kit from Trossen Robotics. Jimmy systems provide a consistent, Intel Edison-based, platform for robot developers.
Trossen Robotics also sells Jimmy’s underlying frame separately from his outer shell, which can be customized for different purposes.
SparkFun was also on site at the Ultimate MakerSpace, showing off a variety of new kits built specifically around Intel Edison.
Intel also unveiled a brand new “Smart Dress” outfitted with electronics and 3D printed components. I was lucky enough to get a picture with the new device (and it’s wearer).
The team from Hackerster.io including Adam Benzion and Benjamin Larralde stopped by to visit and discuss the future of hardware startups and makers.
Intel loves Android and announced several new upcoming handsets from Samsung. I took a moment to make sure Android knew just how much we love it.
Rick Waldron, Mashery’s next-door neighbor, spent the event tinkering with the Jigsaw Renaissance Hack-E-Bot we brought (powered by Intel Galileo Gen 2).
Galileo Gen 2 appeared everywhere at IDF including in this mesh computing project, also located in the Ultimate MakerSpace.
Towards the end of the event, Mashery’s own wonderful events team showed up including Hannah Cho, Cassandra Murray and Ariel Fish. Fun times were had.
Overall, we left IDF 14 excited about the future of Intel and the innovations on display. The Internet of Things is the future of technology and we are comfortable knowing that Intel is on the right track. Looking forward to attending many more IDF events!