The Internet of Things has huge possibilities not just for manufacturers, but also for makers. Currently, most of Mediatek's business comes from contracts with tech companies that use their chip in phones, DVD and blu-ray players, even the Xbox 360.
Marc Nadell, VP of MediaTek labs wants to encourage innovation and attract the maker market:
We want to put our chipsets in the hands of the next generation customers, so whether there’s a new disruptor out there, or the next creator of a new device kit, we’d like to see that being done with MediaTek’s chipset.
This sentiment is bolstered by Mediatek Labs Partner Connect program, which pairs makers with partners to help make their ideas into reality, including Mediatek's Lab experts. If you want free technical support or to make your design known to MediaTek's business development managers, you can submit it to the MediaTek Labs Product Catalogue.
The Linkit performs on the Aster 2502 chipset (about the size of a fingernail) that includes 4MB of RAM, 4MF of flash memory, and support for Bluetooth LE, Wi-Fi, GSM cellular connectivity. It also includes a tiny Arduino-based developer board.
Pretty much anything you want to do with [the Internet of Things] in home or a wearable product, you use this board to design your product.
Recent MediaTek projects were already on display at the recent Maker Faire UK, including a smart brewer by designing sensors to detect pH level, pressure, temperature, alcohol level, those kinds of things.
Brian P. Rubin, author at ReadWrite, notes:
LinkIt One development kit seems geared specifically for tomorrow’s Internet of Things and wearable tech entrepreneurs.
It will be interesting to see the new projects makers build with this platform, and how it fares against the Raspberry Pi and its competitor, CHip.