Samsung has launched a new open platform to help developers create smart devices.
The ARTIK package includes three circuit boards, software support, developer tools, and embedded encryption for security.
In addition to ARTIK, Alex Hawkinson, chief executive of SmartThings, which was acquired by Samsung last August, also announced SmartThings Open Cloud to help developers create apps for their devices.
If the platform works as advertised, developers new to the IoT category will have an easier time taking a concept and forming it into a shipping product, whether that product is aimed at home consumers or solving social challenges.
To encourage the latter (and no doubt drum up interest in Artik), the firm also announced the Samsung Artic Challenge , with a $100,000 top prize for whoever develops the most effective use of IoT and Artic to reduce water consumption.