There are various packages available as rewards on Kickstarter, designed for researchers, makers as well as training/hackathon providers, all of them at very low costs.
The Bolt IoT platform has some great features which is making it very popular. It has a GUI based configuration which lets you setup your connected device very easily. To start receiving data from your sensors connected to bolt, all you have to do is enter a variable name for the pins and the data starts showing up on your cloud. You can write your code on the cloud itself and link your product configuration to multiple Bolt nodes with just a single click.
The Bolt APIs let you connect to third part apps for visualisation, notifications based on events, run machine learning algorithms and write code in any language that you prefer.
It also comes with a smartphone app for iOS and Android which lets you view your data or control your devices while you are on the go.
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