Intel's Edison board now links up to IBM's Bluemix cloud service

Intel is making it easier to create smarter and more functional gadgets, robots, drones, and wearables using its Edison developer board.

The company has made a series of improvements to its latest IoT Developer Kit 3.0, which is used to program functionality into devices.

The developer kit adds support for a wider range of sensors and adds connectivity to IBM’s Bluemix cloud service. The kit also has improved programming tools and integration with Google’s Brillo and Android.

Edison has been used as a developer board to prototype and test devices. The new features provide a springboard to make Edison a viable platform for end products. The board could be used in products such as smart helmets, but it is too big for small electronics and some wearables.