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WHAT is Pinoccio?

Pinoccio is a complete ecosystem for the Internet of Things.
When we say “complete ecosystem” we mean that it is both hardware and software, built together with the goal of helping you create a web-enabled DIY project as quickly and as easily as possible. On the hardware side, Pinoccio is a wireless, web-ready microcontroller with WiFi, LiPo battery, and built-in radio. It’s also an API to get your board talking to the Web right out of the box.

WHO is Pinoccio?

Pinoccio was co-founded by Eric Jennings and Sally Carson. Learn more about the Pinoccio Team and its mentors.

WHEN was Pinoccio started?

Pinoccio, the company, was started in the Fall of 2012. Eric had been hacking on hardware prototypes prior to that, but that’s when we decided to pursue Pinoccio as a business. In September 2012, we brought a couple of prototypes to the Open Source Hardware Summit in New York City. The response from the summit attendees was so positive that we decided to go for it.

WHERE are you located?

Eric is located in Reno, Nevada. Sally is in Ann Arbor, Michigan (but she is a recent transplant who left her heart in San Francisco). The Pinoccio community is international, with its members hailing from the Swiss Alps to Brooklyn, New York.

WHY is Pinoccio awesome?

Pinoccio solves a lot of problems left unsolved by existing DIY hardware platforms. With platforms like Arduino, it’s tough to power a device for a significant amount of time without cables or cords . It’s even more difficult to get hardware talking to the Web (unless you are deeply technical and have a couple weeks of time on your hands). We found that we wanted most of our projects to be web-enabled, it seems inevitable. So, we built Pinoccio to make this super easy. Within minutes of taking Pinoccio out of the box for the first time, the board is talking to the Web, sending and receiving data.

HOW can I use Pinoccio?

Pinoccio is perfectly suited for mesh networking — from remote sensor networks for field biology research, to choreographed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) swarms. Pinoccio is also the perfect compliment to 3D printing. Where 3D printing typically produces a “dumb” piece of plastic, combining an object with Pinoccio gives it computational power and internet connectivity — in other words, the “Internet of Things.”

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Media Coverage

Arduino-compatible Pinoccio microcontroller sports battery, WiFi

It's been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Improving on a good idea, however, is truly the ultimate homage, according to the makers of the new…

Pinoccio Microcontroller to Crowdfund the Internet of Things

Sometimes, when the Internet of Things talks to itself, you get left out. With all that data flying from car to phone to home without any user interaction, you could…

Open Hardware Pinoccio Is A Wireless, Web-Ready Microcontroller

I met Eric Jennings at the Hardware Innovation Workshop last May where he was showing off plans for a new wireless Arduino-compatible microcontroller board…

Re-published in MAKE Japan - January 22, 2013

Pinoccio — A Complete Ecosystem for Building the Internet of Things

Ann Arbor, huh? Well, an Austin sister city. A wireless, web-ready microcontroller with WiFi, LiPo battery, & built-in radio. An API to get your board talking to the Web…

Pinoccio: an Open Source, Wireless Hardware & Software Platform

No cables, no cords. Pinoccio talks over wi-fi and runs on a long-lasting rechargeable LiPo battery. It’s also Arduino-compatible. The Atmel 802.15.4 radio in the…

Dangerous Prototypes
Pinoccio — An open source wireless hardware and software platform

Bryan pointed us to the Pinoccio. It’s an Arduino compatible Wireless platform. It’s based on the ATMega128rfa1 microcontroller with an 802.15.4 compliant radio…

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