Category Archives: Tutorials

Did You Know? Troubleshoot Custom Stream Connections

So you’ve decided that you want to use Initial State (because it’s the best, duh!) to view and manipulate your data, but you’re working with a device or system that can’t use our Python or NodeJS libraries. Or maybe you don’t feel like using those languages. Either way, it’s all good. Did you know that … Continue reading Did You Know? Troubleshoot Custom Stream Connections

Live Cryptocurrency Monitor using AWS Lambda

Build a dashboard that monitors and tracks cryptocurrency prices over time! The dashboard below is about a week’s worth of data. It’s interactive (be sure to scroll to the right to see everything!) and mainly focused on Ethereum. Building a real-time version of this dashboard is simple and serverless – keep reading to get started. … Continue reading Live Cryptocurrency Monitor using AWS Lambda

Stream to a Real-Time Web Dashboard from any Arduino

Arduinos have been a Maker favorite for years. They’re powerful, small, and always open source. With the advent of tiny, cheap WiFi chips like the ESP8266, many Arduinos and third-party boards are now also network connected! The best part about a network connection? You can stream to Initial State! Because streaming can vary a little from board to … Continue reading Stream to a Real-Time Web Dashboard from any Arduino

Iris Motion Sensor: Tiny SmartThings Sensors Everywhere

Web-connected motion sensors enable all kinds of useful applications beyond the old-school security use-case. They can be used for serious tasks uses such as remotely monitoring your aging loved one and logging activity in your home/office or fun home automation tasks like automatically turning on the lights when you enter a room. To be practical, a motion sensor … Continue reading Iris Motion Sensor: Tiny SmartThings Sensors Everywhere

Tutorial: Building and Monitoring Your Own Cryptocurrency Mining Farm

If you have not only been wanting to learn more about blockchain and cryptocurrencies but want to learn how to build your own cypto-mining rig to mine a cryptonote like Ether (Ethereum), then this detailed tutorial series is one you will want to check out. From sourcing the hardware and assembling a mining rig to installing the … Continue reading Tutorial: Building and Monitoring Your Own Cryptocurrency Mining Farm

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 … Continue reading Cellular & GPS Enabled Pi Zero: Fona + Pi 3

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 … Continue reading PubNub Live Twitter Dashboard (feat. President Trump)

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 … Continue reading Getting Started with the Pi Zero W – Motion Dashboard

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 … Continue reading How to Monitor Energy Costs in Real-Time (Outlets, HVAC, Tesla, …)