Sad news out of London last week. The people that brought us Little Printer are closing up shop. Unfortunately, this means that the infrastructure behind Little Printer (Berg Cloud) will be going away. Berg has committed to keeping the Little Printers running through March of 2015. After that, any Little Printers out in the wild, while still cute, won’t be functional–unless Berg finds a buyer, or open sources the server software.
Berg Cloud was promising, and it’s a shame they couldn’t make a go of it. This also serves as a reminder that many IoT devices are only as good as the server that runs them–without it, they can’t connect to anything. It would be wonderful if an open source service bus (sorry for the enterprise lingo) could be maintained so all connected devices need not be locked into a vendor’s server, or have the horsepower to do their own computing.