Category Archives: Tutorials

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, …)

PiCare Health Monitoring Glasses

Note: Stuart Crouch is the 2nd place winner of the PiOT: Maker Famous that Initial State hosted in partnership with MagPi. You can see the contest website here. Introduction PiCare is a concept that allows vulnerable, disabled, or elderly people to live independently, safe in the knowledge that a community of remote-access responders is on hand … Continue reading PiCare Health Monitoring Glasses

Electric Imp Explorer Office Sensor Hub

I’ve raved about Electric Imp before – I pretty much suggest getting one just to experience the magical way that you program it. What is Electric Imp, you ask? It’s a beautiful marriage between cloud and physical device that makes large scale IoT deployments very easy. Even better – it’s cheap. The particular breakout board I’ll … Continue reading Electric Imp Explorer Office Sensor Hub

Amazon Dash Button Hack – Silent Doorbell

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

Tutorial: How to Remotely Monitor Your Pi Processes

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

Getting Started with the Matrix Creator – Sensor Box

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

The Internet of Your Things: Logging Activity in Your Home/Office

Introduction Multiple analysts have predicted the Internet of Things (IoT) market will add trillions of dollars to the global economy in the next few years. That is a lot of hype! What makes this particular market so valuable? The explosion of web-connected sensors in our homes, cars, kids, pets, everything will give us the ability to know what … Continue reading The Internet of Your Things: Logging Activity in Your Home/Office

Connected Cellular Beaglebone for IoT Development

The Beaglebone Black is a fantastic piece of hardware that is extremely powerful. And now it’s easier than ever to work with because it comes pre-loaded with Debian! If you’re looking to get started with Beaglebone or are trying to create an Internet of Things device that doesn’t have to be dependent on a WiFi … Continue reading Connected Cellular Beaglebone for IoT Development