Samsung's Artik platform aims to jump-start the Internet of Things

We've been hearing plenty about the "Internet of Things" (IoT) lately, but despite all the hype there's still a sore lack of compelling connected gadgetry for you to buy. Now Samsung hopes to change that with Artik, its new platform meant to make it easier for developers to build IoT solutions. To kick things off, Samsung is debuting three new IoT modules: Artik 1, a tiny 12mm device with Bluetooth and a nine-axis movement sensor; Artik 5, which runs a faster 1 gigahertz dual-core processor and on-board storage; and Artik 10, which is powered by an octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The latter also includes Wi-Fi and Zigbee connectivity, which means it should play nicely with plenty of existing IoT equipment. All of the Artik hardware includes a secure-element, which should help lock things down better than software encryption, and Samsung's also providing an IoT software stack so developers can get up and running quickly. And while the Artik platform is technically open, Samsung's also pushing its cloud services heavily to developers.

"By leveraging Samsung's high-volume manufacturing, advanced silicon process and packaging technologies, and extensive ecosystem, ARTIK allows developers to rapidly turn great ideas into market leading IoT products and applications," Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer of Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.

Samsung's been dabbling with the world of connected devices for some time: Last year it bought the IoT company SmartThings for $200 million, and it's also been highlighting connected gadgets at CES and other events for the past few years. It was only a matter of time until Samsung debuted something like Artik. After all, Samsung's made a big business out of being the center for new gadget markets, be it developing memory modules for PCs, or LCDs displays for computer monitors and HDTVs. There's certainly a need for something like Artik in the tech world, but Samsung faces some stiff competition from Qualcomm, whose mobile chips have powered the entire mobile revolution.