Digi-Key, one of the largest and fastest growing electronic component distributors in the world, just released three new Internet of Things (IoT) kits that feature Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, and Adafruit hardware paired with Initial State’s data services. Each of these “IoT-in-a-box” kits feature complete, step-by-step tutorials for creating practical IoT projects for both consumer and enterprise … Continue reading Digi-Key Launches Three IoT Kits Featuring Initial State
You can now setup a geofenced trigger for a data stream containing latitude/longitude coordinates. Whenever an asset enters or leaves the programmed geofence, set by a latitude/longitude coordinate center plus a specified radius, a trigger action will fire. This post goes through a step-by-step example of setting up a geofence and testing trigger alerts by sending location data … Continue reading Introducing Geofenced Triggers
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 … Continue reading Cellular & GPS Enabled Pi Zero: Fona + Pi 3
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 … Continue reading Getting Started with the Pi Zero W – Motion Dashboard
Constantly looking out the window so that you can intercept visitors before they ring the doorbell? Tired of the dogs and baby going crazy anytime it rings? Don’t want to spend a fortune on a “smart” solution? Making a silent doorbell is as easy as hacking a $5 Amazon Dash Button! The only other thing … Continue reading Amazon Dash Button Hack – Silent Doorbell
If you are using one or more Raspberry Pis to run a dedicated task (such as monitoring who’s at home or the weather or your beer fridge), you need those processes to run uninterrupted. A task that exits unexpectedly may need your immediate attention to avoid lost data, project delays, or a system failure. It … Continue reading Tutorial: How to Remotely Monitor Your Pi Processes
A new add-on board for the Raspberry Pi is here and it is absolutely loaded with LEDs, sensors, and even a microphone array! Say hello to the stylishly circular Matrix Creator. It fits sleekly on top of your Raspberry Pi and conveniently looks like the top of the Amazon Echo (which you can totally build … Continue reading Getting Started with the Matrix Creator – Sensor Box
We may one day look back at 2016/2017 and realize this was the golden age of maker/DIY electronics. New maker boards and add-ons are being introduced at a ridiculous pace. A few of these boards will get a ton of traction. Others, not so much. What differentiates the successful boards from the ones that litter … Continue reading GrovePi Zero: A Simple, Compact Sensor Playground for your Pi Zero
Want to become “maker famous”? Enter your best Raspberry Pi IoT project at http://www.piot.io for a chance to be published in MagPi magazine and win a ton of prizes including Raspberry Pi kits from MCM Electronics, a $250 gift card to Amazon, and Initial State subscriptions and swag. The PiOT contest runs through the month of October. Don’t … Continue reading New Contest! The PiOT Challenge: Become Maker Famous!
Who doesn’t love space? Seriously. Especially when we live in a glorious day and age of public space data! Thanks to NASA and Open Notify, we can access data about where the International Space Station is right now! Our natural reaction to discovering this? Visualizing it, of course! We go over how to track the ISS … Continue reading Track the International Space Station!