Sony recently announced a super-simple connected objects platform called Mesh whereby creators use wirelessly-connected blocks to build machines. These Mesh blocks can be speakers, motion sensors, LEDs, microphones, speakers, cameras, or buttons, each connecting with one another over Bluetooth and using a common software platform. That programming platform is dead easy to use and based on HTML5, so users can tap, drag, and drop blocks in the graphical interface and type in commands from their smartphone, tablet, or PC.
Right now Sony is just prototyping Mesh, so you can't run out and buy those blocks just yet, but the system looks very promising and could offer an accessible entry into the world of DIY gadgets. For those looking to cut their teeth on something a bit more advanced, read up on our guide on how to get started with Raspberry Pi.