Cellular & GPS Enabled Pi Zero: Fona + Pi 3

What if your Raspberry Pi 3 could access internet services from anywhere? What if your Fona Cellular GSM and GPS breakout had the brains of a full Linux computer behind it? What if you could access the Fona’s cellular capabilities and GPS data from a Raspberry Pi at the same time? Well, you’d have a pretty sweet start to any IoT project you can think of. And this tutorial’s gonna help you do it. ———————– Project level: Advanced Beginner Approximate time to complete: 40 minutes Approximate impressiveness: Immeasurable ———————– In this step-by-step tutorial, you will: setup a serial connection between the Fona and the Pi 3 learn how to use the Fona’s cellular connection to give the Pi internet access learn how to access the Fona’s built-in GPS setup the Pi 3 to collect GPS info and then stream it over a cellular connection This tutorial is part of the series, “Learning How to Build Real IoT Applications” >>
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PubNub Live Twitter Dashboard (feat. President Trump)

We live in the age of social media. Approximately 6,000 tweets are tweeted every second! It’s no wonder that social media has begun to affect more than how many cat videos you watch a day. In the same way that the debut of the home television affected the 1960 U.S. Presidential election, social media has become an entirely new variable in the complex equation of public decision making. As exciting as it is to be living in such a connected time, it’s even more exciting to have access to tools that let us, everyday people, explore and catalog and observe the 6,000 public view points being expressed every second! Using a combination of Twitter’s API, IBM Watson’s Sentiment Analysis, and Initial State’s data visualization all working together through the PubNub Data Stream Network, I decided to take a look at how people feel about the current U.S. President, Donald Trump. This provides a way to look at popular opinion on your own and also seems to validate the idea of negativity bias. I’m going to walk you through what I’ve done so you can perform your own experiments! In this tutorial you will: Use PubNub’s stream consuming the Twitter API …
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Getting Started with the Pi Zero W – Motion Dashboard

Raspberry Pi just released what we’ve all been waiting for – the Pi Zero W. A full Linux computer complete with WiFi, bluetooth, and a camera connector! And the best part? It’s only $10. In honor of this most exciting board, we’ve put together a quick little tutorial on hooking up a streaming motion sensor to your new little Pi Zero W! We’ll go through board setup, connecting the sensor, and creating your own live motion dashboard. ———————– Project level: Beginner Approximate time to complete: 15 Minutes ———————– In this step-by-step tutorial, you will: connect your Pi Zero W to the internet connect a motion sensor to your Pi stream collected motion data to a cloud visualization service (https://www.initialstate.com) turn that information into your personal dashboard that you can access on your laptop or mobile device This tutorial is part of the series, “Learning How to Build Real IoT Applications” >>
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How to Monitor Energy Costs in Real-Time (Outlets, HVAC, Tesla, …)

Introduction How much does it really cost to run the HVAC system when you are away? How much does it cost to charge that iPad? Hoverboard? Tesla? You get a monthly energy bill, but do you really know what is draining your dollars? Thanks to the wonderful world of the “Internet of Things”, you can easily setup your own real-time energy monitors without being an engineer or an electrician. This tutorial will show you how to capture your power usage using web-connected power monitors, send the data to a web service, and turn that real-time power data into an energy consumption dashboard that you can access in your web browser. SmartThings This tutorial will leverage SmartThings by Samsung, an easy-to-install home monitoring/automation platform. The SmartThings hub ($80 at the time of writing this tutorial) will relay data from every sensor we install to a web service. Using SmartThings as our platform of choice makes installation super simple since it is a consumer friendly platform with great documentation and support. We just have to make sure each of our sensors are SmartThings compatible. Setting up your SmartThings hub A Single Smart Outlet Let’s start with something really simple – installing a single smart …
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