Raspberry Pi mini-computers have made a lot of inroads among geeks as inexpensive, tinkerer-friendly ways to experiment with embedded computing. But are the devices ready for the IoT commercial market? myDevices, which this week released a drag-and-drop programming tool for the Raspberry Pi that focuses on IoT applications, says yes.

The new platform, called Cayenne, provides a user-friendly toolset for connecting Raspberry Pi hardware to the Internet and configuring it to communicate with other devices and sensors. myDevices is pitching Cayenne as a solution for businesses to build IoT devices based on Raspberry Pi hardware quickly without investing in Pi-specific programming expertise.

"There are a lot of IoT platforms on the market, yet there are few IoT platforms that actually let the developer build a project without having to dig deep into SDKs and APIs just to get a simple proof of concept created," myDevices CEO Kevin Bromber said in a statement.

The company added, "In addition to a seamless and intuitive user interface, the greatest benefit of the Cayenne solution is that makers will be able to undertake simple IoT projects and significantly reduce the time and expense of more complex IoT projects."

Cayenne, which is free of cost, is not the first platform to promise pain-free programming for embedded devices. But it is one of the first to make the Raspberry Pi a major focus. That's important because these devices have so far been subject to a lot of interesting tinkering, but relatively few serious commercial, IoT-oriented solutions. That may be starting to change with the development of platforms like Cayenne.