Sheffield tech company Pimoroni Google’s only European IoT partner

Published 19th January 2017 at 11:08am

Sheffield tech company Pimoroni Google’s only European IoT Partner

Android Things, an Internet of Things (IoT) platform is one of Google’s newest launches. It was officially launched mid December and is powered by hardware from companies all over the world.

Sheffield-based company Pimoroni is their only European equipment partner. Pimoroni are quickly becoming the principal port of call for Makers, programmers, hardware specialists and IoT engineers in Europe.

Android Things is an IoT platform that derives from the well known Android™ framework offering support for a scope of single board PCs including the Raspberry Pi. Designers will have the capacity to utilize the same toolset that they use to create Android™ applications to make products that can detect and respond to the world.

The Rainbow HAT plugs specifically on top of the Raspberry Pi to augment the components of the modest PC. The HAT has seven multicolour LEDs, a superbly retro 4-digit alphanumeric display and a temperature and weight sensor. With it, engineers will have the capacity to make a variety of products.

Pimoroni are the creators of exciting accessories for the Raspberry Pi computer, as well as retailers of other ‘maker’ products.

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program with more than 11 million sold.

Pimoroni launched the business off the back of their flagship product, the Pibow case for Raspberry Pi, which has now sold well over 175,000 units worldwide, appeared on the cover of Wired magazine, and is available from over thirty distributors worldwide including Maplin retail stores here in the UK.

Since launch in July 2012, and with only £15,000 in seed investment, they have built a business turning over £2.75 million with a net profit last year of over £192,000.

They launched the UK’s first Kickstarter, a desktop-sized arcade cabinet powered by the Raspberry Pi called Picade, and opened their online Maker shop which, over the past two and a half years, has processed over 150,000 orders, grown to offer almost 1,300 different products, is the UK’s largest Adafruit distributor (a leading DIY electronics company based in New York), and has become a defacto destination for digital Makers in the UK.

Their products are manufactured in-house in the heart of Sheffield. This allows them to experiment with ideas, be agile in their manufacturing, and truly understand the processes involved. Pimoroni are a great example of the enterprising nature and can-do attitude of tech companies in the region.

Global businesses such as Rolls-Royce, Nestle, and Amazon, are just some of the many international companies which have seen the benefits of locating here.