Twilio Signal 2016

By on May 26, 2016 in Interesting

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The Future of IoT

Twilio #signal2016 was very amazing this year. For those not familiar, Twilio is a cloud communications platform for developers with a wide range of products check it out.

There were some pretty exiting announcements this year. One of my favorite and that I have chosen to write about is Programable Wireless. Twilio is the first platform designed for developers to allow easy programing of cellular connectivity. As Jeff Lawson CEO of Twilio was making this announcement my head was exploding with cool ideas and projects to build.


What is Programable Wireless


The internet of thing is booming with new products and devices everyday. But most of these product rely on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth for connectivity. The problem with this is that it limits your range, if you are out of range… well it simply won’t work. Programmable Wireless starts with a Twilio SIM card, which enables any IoT device with 3G cellular connectivity. This takes the game to a whole new level. You no longer need to rely on Wi-Fi for internet connectivity. Your IoT device could be almost anywhere and you can still control it. This is freaking awesome!

Starter Kit


Each Signal participant received a complementary HackPack along with a SIM card. Twilio loves to empower developers to spark their creativity, and I am sure that many have already developed something amazing with this. I also started my own project, which I hope to share with all of you soon.

As I mentioned, this is a game changer. Having a really easy to program SIM card with a well documented REST API will definably give a good boost to the Internet of Things. There are so many possibilities and use cases. Imagine a find my dog collar, a picture frame where you can text new photos to your grandma, and so many more! I am really exited for this new announcement and I can’t wait to see the impact this will have on IoT.

Enmanuel Corvo
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