Israeli IoT developer Wiliot has launched a starter kit for its self-powered, stamp-sized flexible sensor nodes for general release, replacing its previous strategy of controlled release
The kit contains everything retailers need to experience the IoT transformation that Wiliot represents. It includes Wiliot’s postage stamp sized computers – the IoT Pixels – pre-mounted on both cardboard and a coffee cup.
The IoT Pixels can sense a range of physical and environment data, such as temperature, fill level, motion, location changes, humidity, and proximity.
The kit also includes small Bluetooth bridge devices that energize and read the IoT Pixel tags. The harvested data is relayed to the Wiliot Cloud via gateways, including smartphones, via the Wiliot mobile app – which is now compatible with iOS and Android devices.
Through the Starter Kit, retailers can explore projects that enable a host of new retail use cases – from enhanced inventory management, to consumption monitoring, anti-counterfeiting, product traceability, and more.
The Starter Kit’s “Open Release” enables any retailer or brand, of any size and with nearly any budget, to begin working with Wiliot; previously, the company’s controlled-release initiative was only open to a select group of the world’s largest retailers and brands.
“This is a milestone in democratizing the Internet of Things,” said Tony Small, Wiliot’s Chief Business Officer. “We chose NRF because it represents a gathering of the entire ecosystem of industry leaders – partners, retailers, brands – who will appreciate the power of the Starter Kit and its ability to scale access to Wiliot’s vision of IoT. That vision – which is now a reality – is to transform the Internet of expensive Things to the Internet of everyday Things by adding intelligence and connectivity to everything from packaging to containers and clothing – for just pennies.”
Wiliot is already working with many of the world’s largest and most innovative retail brands across clothing, food and beverage and healthcare and follows a $200M venture capital round led by Softbank Vision Fund 2.
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