MediaTek has launched a new global initiative to help developers create wearable and IoT apps and devices.
The MediaTek Labs program providers SDKs, HDKs and technical documentations to developers, as well as technical and business support. The idea is for MediaTek to open-up wearable device and software creation to indie developers and ‘makers.’ This is a canny move, designed to whittle down the power of big player device manufacturers in what’s going to be a huge market.
Of course, this has the added benefit of potentially ensuring MediaTek’s own technology – mainly mobile processors – becomes a staple of IoT/wearables. Lets not forget the IoT sector is expected to grow into a $1.9 trillion market by 2020, according to IDC.
“With the launch of MediaTek Labs we’re opening up a new world of possibilities for everyone — from hobbyists and students through to professional developers and designers — to unleash their creativity and innovation. We believe that the innovation enabled by MediaTek Labs will drive the next wave of consumer gadgets and apps that will connect billions of things and people around the world.”
The new initiative includes MediaTek’s LinkIt platform, which is focused on hardware development and providing APIs to make use of the LinkIt communications features, such as GSM, Bluetooth and WiFi. According to MediaTek’s press release, The LinkIt platform consists of the following:
System-on-Chip (SoC) — MediaTek Aster (MT2502), the world’s smallest commercial SoC for Wearables, and companion Wi-Fi (MT5931) and GPS (MT3332) chipsets offering powerful, battery efficient technology.
LinkIt OS — an advanced yet compact operating system that enables control software and takes full advantage of the features of the Aster SoC, companion chipsets, and a wide range of sensors and peripheral hardware.
Hardware Development Kit (HDK) — Launching first with LinkIt ONE, a co-design project with Seeed Studio, the HDK will make it easy to add sensors, peripherals, and Arduino Shields to LinkIt ONE and create fully featured device prototypes.
Software Development Kit (SDK) — Makers can easily migrate existing Arduino code to LinkIt ONE using the APIs provided. In addition, they get a range of APIs to make use of the LinkIt communication features: GSM, GPRS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.
Sounds good to us, the more developers involved in wearables and IoT the better. For more information head over to MediaTek’s website.