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.
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.
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.