Why Facebook’s Parse news is a big deal for the Internet-of-things


Facebook [fortune-stock symbol=”FB”] today launched a version of its Parse mobile development platform for the Internet-of-things and, in doing so, has joined the ranks of Apple [fortune-stock symbol=”AAPL”], Google [fortune-stock symbol=”GOOG”] and Samsung as big companies to watch in the consumer IoT space.

Parse CEO Ilya Sukhar announced that Facebook would offer a software development kit for the Parse platform to developers building connected devices (just as it previously did for mobile app developers). He also said that the social network would put Parse SDKs on the Arduino Yún microcontroller board, will work to pre-install the SDK on other hardware platforms and is releasing an open source Embedded C version of the code aimed at both Linux (so you could load it on a Raspberry Pi) and other real time operating systems commonly used in the embedded world.

When Facebook bought Parse back in April 2013, it wanted to make…

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