Electric Imp along with the agent server/cloud is still the best iot solution in my opinion. The blink up and then the seamless connection to impcentral and the security is amazing.
I also use the ESP32 but is riddled with difficulty in updating online, and doing all the porting things with a router is “iffy”. I use the ESP32 for only accessing online APIs and controlling non essential devices.
I’ve had the Imp developer account since almost day one. I have several devices I use every day and it has become a part of my life.
So now Twilio has taken over, so to speak, and I’m concerned they will see how many of us “developers” are using our development imps for everyday use. Will they decide to charge us for agent use, or say we can only have a device in development for 90 days?
I want to keep my imps, and I discuss this device with other people who have never heard of it. Like me, they feel imp is superior to the ESP32 in regards to iot connectivity … even though the imp development boards cost more.
Perhaps there are other iot devices I don’t even know of. I realize there are technical issues that arise from the imp that is not really the fault of electric imp (example Bud Red Light). These companies lose track of technology trends mostly pertaining to the use of other services such as sports live scores. Things change or become obsolete.
So I’m just concerned about continuing to buy the imp development boards and ending up having to quit using them.
Now if Twilio decides to make developers pay a yearly fee, I would be ok with it if the price was fair. As long as I could keep everything running as normal.
Are there any imp “old time” legacy designers, like Hugo that can provide inside information on the future of us “old developers”?
Thanks, and sorry for the long post.