Arduino has presented through its official blog the new MKR1000 board, a board that contains the Atmel ATSAMW25 chip and a Wifi module to connect the board to the Internet and more especially to be able to create projects related to the Internet of Things.
The new board will go on sale next February and will receive the Genuino MKR1000 name when it is distributed outside the United States. The rest of the board's specifications are 256 Kbytes of rom memory and 32 kb of ram memory. In addition, the chip has a 32-bit infrastructure. Also thanks to Microsoft and Hackster.IO 1000 people will be able to have the board ahead of time. The idea of Microsoft, Arduino and Hackster.IO is to create a contest where each or each group present a project related to the Internet of Things and that uses all the power of Microsoft and ArduinoIt does not matter the type of project and the place of origin since it is open to everyone, you only have to meet those requirements.
Once the project has been presented, the jury will choose three finalist projects that in addition to receiving the MKR1000 plate will receive a honorary entry into the Maker Faire wishing as well as the launch and publicity of the project and an award of $ 500 worth of products from the Adafruit store. So taking this into account, surely many will receive the board ahead of time and tell us not only the projects that can be created with it but also the performance of the board without having to wait for the official launch.
Personally I find the launch of a board that combines wireless communication with the power of Arduino interesting. Something we knew thanks to Arduino Yun, but I think that this time the MKR1000 will have a cheaper price than Arduino Yun and Arduino Yun related boards, I think in this case MKR1000 is a low cost plate that will make possible many projects related to the Internet of Things What do you think? Do you think the MKR1000 will be economical?