All posts by Robert A Williams

Weekly Envy: ALTO Wireless Earbuds

The Weekly Envy highlights one piece of cool tech that we’ve come across lately and really wish we could buy!  From ALTO Inc. : ALTO Wireless Earbuds are exactly what all those other “wireless earbuds” are not – truly wireless.  No around-the-back-of-your-head bands or short cords – these earbuds aren’t even physically connected to each other! The entire concept of [&hellip
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Did You Know? Searching and Sorting Data Buckets

Our Did You Know series brings some of Initial State’s amazing features to attention while giving tips and tricks on how to make the most of them. Did you know that you can search for certain data buckets and sort your bucket shelf? When all those projects make managing your datasets an issue, you can easily search for [&hellip
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Weekly Envy: Zuli Smartplugs

The Weekly Envy highlights one piece of cool tech that we’ve come across lately and really wish we could buy!  From Zuli Inc. : The Zuli Smartplug is a simple and easy way to make any of your appliances smart. Even better, it knows if you’re in the room. Stylish and convenient (you could potentially plug two of these into [&hellip
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Tutorial: PiOT 101 – Raspberry Pi + Internet of Things

Are you looking for a thorough “getting started” tutorial that takes you from unboxing your Pi to putting together a real, practical application? Something that teaches you the basics of setting up your Pi, using a breadboard to build simple circuits, and running simple Python scripts to control those circuits? Perhaps you are looking for an easy-to-follow [&hellip
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Weekly Envy: Iro – Rachio Smart WiFi Sprinkler Controller

The Weekly Envy highlights one piece of cool tech that we’ve come across lately and really wish we could buy!  From Rachio: The Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller is a beautiful marriage between your everyday sprinkler system controller and the Internet of Things. The square controller is the same size as your average sprinkler timer, plugs into the wall, and [&hellip
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Weekly Envy: ORION Delta Desktop 3D Printer

The Weekly Envy highlights one piece of cool tech that we’ve come across lately and really wish we could buy!  From SeeMeCNC: The ORION Delta Desktop 3D Printer distinguishes itself from many other 3D printers with a suspended print head. It also has a circular print bed instead of the common rectangular base. The 9″ tall build space [&hellip
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Tutorial: Beer/Wine Fridge of Awesomeness

How do you take a perfectly good beer or wine fridge and make it awesome? A good start is to have your refrigerator tell you how many bottles are in it, when the door is open or closed, and the temperature inside your fridge. What is even better is to have that information available to [&hellip
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Using Initial State to Build a Quantified Coffee Machine

We like to feature unique and interesting applications of single-board computer (SBC) projects from the maker community, and how that data is streamed and visualized within Initial State. If you’d like to share your Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black, or other SBC project with thousands of other makers, complete our short form and we’ll get in touch! Meet [&hellip
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Motorized Arduino 30-Sec Master Combination Lock Cracker

While we don’t condone lock-breaking or any other malicious activity, we like to share creative maker projects when we see them. In this case, check out C-C-C-Combo Breaker, a motorized, battery powered, 3D printed, Arduino based device that can crack any Master combination lock in less than 30 seconds. Designed by Samy Kamkar – he’s [&hellip
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Weekly Envy: Nuimo Smart Home Interface

The Weekly Envy highlights one piece of cool tech that we’ve come across lately and really wish we could buy!  From Senic: The Nuimo is a “universal controller for the internet of things”. Brought closer to production by IndieGoGo and already 300% ahead of their Kickstarter goal with 16 days still to go, this little device seems to be [&hellip
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