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Why Docker Matters for Embedded Development

Here at Forward Loop, we use Docker for building and running embedded applications. For development on Linux ARM devices, like Orange Pi or Raspberry Pi, Docker standardizes your build and run environments. So what does this mean and why does it matter?

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Introducing Floop: Run Code on Multiple ARM Devices

Last week, we released the documentation for floop. Floop allows developers to run code on multiple ARM devices at the same time. For prototyping and testing software applications across different types of devices, floop is a standardized way of pushing, building, running and testing code.

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Introducing Forward Loop Zero

In our last post, we discussed how developers want hardware they know just works. They also want software support that lets them focus on developing new applications. Forward Loop is proud to announce we can now help developers with tested hardware and sensors with full operating system, driver, and test network support. No longer does building a connected sensor mean integrating and testing hardware, sensors, operating system, and networking from scratch. Developers can now rely on Forward Loop to cover their hardware and test network requirements. This means that developers can focus on building new software applications.

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What We Learned From The IoT Developer Community

Four weeks ago, we began talking to more of our peers, curious about how they prototype and build IoT applications. We did this to learn more from those around us in IoT what best practices are and resources exist to make embedded development easier. This quest to meet, talk, learn, and share put us in contact with 75+ IoT developers, spanning many positions, industries, and continents.

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What Does It Mean To Build An Industrial IoT Product?

We’re at a point where we can reflect on the product development process for MoldMonitor. For product development, the first 3.5 months of Forward Loop included pushing out a set of 6 prototype IoT sensors, and going through live testing in a production facility in China. At this point, there are some conclusions to draw about prototyping and building IoT sensors for industrial applications.

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