What sensors and devices are supported?
The first release of macchina.io will support the following sensors and devices:
- Tinkerforge bricklets: Ambient Light, Barometer, Dual Button, GPS, Humidity, IO-4, Motion Detector, Rotary Encoder, Temperature.
- XBee® ZB Sensors (combined temperature, humidity and light).
- GPS/GNSS receivers via serial port NMEA 0183 protocol.
- Devices connected via UART/RS-232 ports.
- GPIO ports (via Linux sysfs interface).
- 3-Axis Accelerometers (via Linux /dev/input/event).
More devices and sensors will be supported over time. We will soon support industrial protocols like Modbus and CANopen. We also welcome contributions!
What OS platforms are supported?
macchina.io currently supports Linux (ARM and Intel) and OS X. Most of the code is platform independent and compiles on all platforms supported by the POCO C++ Libraries (including Windows and Windows Embedded Compact). However, the build system currently only supports Linux and OS X, specifically when it comes to building the V8 engine. Android should work as well, but is currently untested.
How is macchina.io different from node.js/io.js?
- macchina.io supports multiple concurrent, but independent scripts, each one running in its own thread.
- macchina.io is entirely implemented in C++.
What does macchina.io stand for?
Macchina is the italian word for machine (it's pronounced 'makkina). macchina.io therefore means machines that input/output information, or machines/devices that communicate.