All posts by Robert A Williams

Creating a live RSVP Dashboard using IFTTT and Google Sheets

Sometimes I just really want to hack stuff together, especially when I’m doing something and just know there has to be a better (often more difficult, but ultimately rewarding) way. So maybe that’s why, instead of working on the hundred-and-one things I need to do before my upcoming wedding, I decided to create a live [&hellip
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Did You Know errr Notice? Waves Saves and Responsive Gauges

Did you know that now you can choose from one of three types of gauge views by simply resizing the tile? A square or near-square tile dimension will show a half-circle gauge. A short, wide rectangle dimension will show a single, horizontal bar gauge. A tall, narrow dimension will show a vertical bar gauge. You can read up [&hellip
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Easily View and Compare Fitbit Data Trends

One of the best parts of my week is when I receive my weekly progress report from Fitbit. I’m so excited to see just how active I was the previous week, but I’ve always wanted to be able to compare my progress from when I’m training for a race to when I’m just on my [&hellip
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Did You Know? Graph Updates Everywhere!

Did you know that we’ve added gridlines and min/max markers to Line Graph tiles? Did you further know that Bar and Pie Charts now have the option to show “Total time spent” or “Count of events”? If you resize your Line Graph tile to any size larger than the default tile, grid markers will appear so that [&hellip
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Create a System Health Dashboard for your Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pis are being used to drive a ridiculous number of projects ranging from fun hobby projects to mission critical functions. Despite being small, user-friendly, and inexpensive, your Pi contains an impressive number of complex subsystems that must work to keep your project running. This makes being able to monitor the health of your Pi [&hellip
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Major Release: Unlimited Real-Time SMS & Email Triggers!

Last February, we introduced an invitation-only Alpha for a new feature called Triggers to a select group of paid Initial State users. Triggers is our solution to real-time notifications and actions on live data streams. The instant the condition you set becomes true, the action you’ve configured is performed. The most ambitious and difficult aspect of this new feature is making it real-time. [&hellip
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Guest Post: Arduino Troubleshooting

This is a guest post from one of our fantastic users, Plant-OS (www.plant-os.com / @plant_OS). While developing our prototype, we found challenges implementing a web based dashboard that extends well with the Arduino Yun platform. Most data streaming platform providers have general support for Arduino, however most weren’t clear enough and were generally buggy. We [&hellip
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Using Amazon Echo and IFTTT to Create a Scoreboard

We just bought an Amazon Echo, better known as Alexa, for our office. She’s been a great addition to our team. She plays music, she knows cat facts, and now she even integrates with Initial State through IFTTT! Having always been the competitive type, it was impossible for me not to turn our innocent team [&hellip
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Cellular & GPS Enabled Pi Zero: Fona + Pi Zero

What if your Raspberry Pi Zero 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 [&hellip
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Tutorial & Review: Enviro pHAT for Raspberry Pi

The Enviro pHAT from Pimoroni is an add-on board for Raspberry Pi with a set of sensors on-board to capture temperature, pressure, motion, light, and color. The size of pHAT boards match the size of a Pi Zero giving you a very compact solution that you can discretely deploy in a variety of situations. The Enviro pHAT [&hellip
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