The Abacus OS: Serving Up APIs and Servers to Make Apps You Can Count on

Greg Bates
Aug. 06 2013, 09:00AM EDT

Clickslide makes a head-turning claim: its Abacus is the "First operating system for IoT", the Internet of Things. Then there's another show stopper: no coding required.

Clickslide spells out on the Kickstarter campaign in the FAQ section just what its platform can handle,

What protocols and APIs is this platform based on? is it all HTTP/REST or are you using more specific M2M protocols like MQTT?
At moment we support HTTP/HTTPS (REST, SOAP, XML-RPC, JSON-RPC) and a beta version of AMQP is nearly complete. Our AMQP implementation works with an abstract real-time broker and once it is complete we will implement a similar broker for MQTT. These protocols as well as TCP/IP will be fully supported in Abacus OS II. We will most likely have AMQP supported by Abacus OS so it is possible we will also support MQTT but no guarantees on that until Abacus OS II.

They've just launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdsource funds for the servers, aiming to raise $100,000 to ramp up production. The servers which fit in the palm of your hand, come preloaded with the Abacus OS.

The company notes that a host of small servers can make for a cleaner cloud than using servers through the standard cloud services. In the next 3 years, energy used by new cloud servers is expected to create CO2 equivalent to having 4.9 million new cars on the road. Clickslide's servers consume 5 to 12 watts. Abacus also boasts "massive" savings on cloud prototyping.

On Kickstarter you have the choice of servers of 3 different sizes. Each package  comes with a micro server preloaded with Abacus, a power supply, and an ethernet cable. The Square model comes with a USB Ethernet adapter and an SD card. The more sophisticated Abacus Cube (pictured) features an dmmc drive.

Greg Bates A writer for Programmableweb since 2012, Greg is a freelance writer and a maniacal editor of dissertations and term papers. - Follow me on Google+

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