The Artik 10 developer board showcases the Artik module: a 2″x1.25″ mini-board that packs just about every current option you might want in an IoT device. It comes mounted on a larger developer board with connectors and antennas for all the usual options (Wi-Fi, Ethernet, micro-SD cards, HDMI, etc.) and a host of exotic connectors.
Artik runs Linux, and developers are encouraged to dive right into controlling it from the command line. This might scare away some first-time developers, but the tutorials for Artik make a solid effort to stay friendly and cover the bases. If you’re looking to cut your teeth on old-fashioned command-line Linux, you could do worse than to work through the Artik tutorials.
The first most striking thing about Artik is just how many options it covers; no single developer is likely to need all the technologies it offers. Do you need a device that supports SigFox to make a cross-city radio mesh? Artik 10 supports SigFox. No, wait, you want ZigBee instead, now that you’ve scaled down to a local wireless mesh? It’s OK, Artik 10 has ZigBee on-board too. You want a JTAG connector, for high end debugging? There’s one of those. You’re more comfortable with the Arduino pinout? The Artik 10 developer board sets aside a corner for the standard Arduino pinout, and even accepts Arduino programs over Wi-Fi. There’s a microphone on-board, and if you want to add a camera, you have your choice of two different camera connectors, too.
Artik 10 is the top end of the Artik line of IoT cores from Samsung. If you’re curious to try out the Artik boards, and don’t need every bell or whistle that the model 10 covers, Samsung has a line of smaller, cheaper Artik modules for you, too.