Microsoft, Adafruit Partner on Windows IoT Core Starter Kit
The companies offer a Raspberry Pi 2-based bundle to help enthusiasts and Internet of things developers get up and running fast.Microsoft and Adafruit, an online community, e-commerce shop and resource site for makers, have teamed to offer the Windows IoT Core Starter Kit. Based on the popular Raspberry Pi 2 computing board, the bundle is intended to help developers and hardware hackers interested in building Internet of things (IoT) solutions get a jump-start on their projects. Available at the Adafruit store for $114.95, the kit "includes a compatible set of sensors, electronic parts, wires, and cables that have been verified to work with Windows 10 IoT Core," said Steve Teixeira, director of program management for Internet of Things at Microsoft, in a Sept. 24 announcement. The kit includes a full-size breadboard, a power supply, the official Raspberry Pi Edition mini WiFi module, an eight-channel 10-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC), an Adafruit BMP280 temperature and humidity sensor, and an RGB color sensor, also from Adafruit. "It also has an [8GB] SD card preloaded with Windows 10 IoT Core, meaning you can start right away," Teixeira noted. "A collaboration between Microsoft's IoT division and Adafruit, this pack's the best way to get started using both Windows 10 on your Pi and to start doing some popular projects with the internet of things," reads the bundle's product page. A version of the Windows IoT Core Starter Kit without a Raspberry Pi 2 is priced at $39.95.
Demand appears brisk. As of this writing, the product is listed as out of stock. The pack is also compatible with Raspbian Linux and Python with some tweaks, notes Adafruit.