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Mesh Bluetooth Electronics Kit with Drag & Drop Programming: Pair, Swipe, Make

by Lambert Varias
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Last year we learned about SAM, a newbie-friendly electronics kit that used Bluetooth instead of solder or wires to connect its modules. Mesh is a lot like SAM, only with an even less intimidating presentation.

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Like SAM, Mesh modules or “tags” use Bluetooth to communicate with each other and with the programming interface. When it launches, Mesh will only have four tags: a button, an LED, an accelerometer and one for GPIO. But its makers already have plans for lots of other tags , such as IR receivers, motors and different kinds of sensors.

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SAM has a hybrid desktop programming interface that combined traditional coding with a drag-and-drop UI. Mesh on the other hand uses only the latter, and its app is only for the iPad. To its credit, the app seems foolproof – it has big buttons and a simple layout – while still offering some room for growth. Mesh will release an SDK for writing custom software tags in JavaScript.

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With just a small number of tags and an iOS-only app, it’s clear that Mesh is banking on its user-friendliness, or at least for its first few years.

Overall I think SAM was more fully-fleshed out and versatile when it launched, but with the iPad’s popularity I wouldn’t be surprised if Mesh finds a niche. Pledge at least $105 (USD) on Indiegogo to receive a Mesh kit as a reward.

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