IoT Platforms: Which Hardware? (April 2020)
For ease of use, I recommend boards with built-in WiFi or Bluetooth capability. Relying on a shield is possible, but is often more difficult to configure and more expensive to buy.
The links redirect to the reviews of the boards.
UPDATE The Energia IDE no longer seems to be maintained.
Arduino and Genuino
UPDATE All the boards mentioned are end-of-life or deprecated, and replaced by the new Nano and MKR boards.
UPDATE Mediatek has closed the cloud service and dedicated website.
UPDATE RedBear is now part of Particle, and the boards are longer supported.
A really powerful board, but the IP stack is managed by software.Maybe the pioneer of the WiFi-ready boards. Unfortunately, the lack of offline standard IDE limits their potential.Ultra cheap at USD10~15, but with some technical challenges.
UPDATE All those boards are end-of-life: LightBlue focuses now on software; chipKIT is no longer active; Particle has a new line of boards; ESP8266 is superseded by the ESP32.
Posted: 06 Apr 2020
Updated: 23 Noc 2021