April in IoT: The Tinkerer's Edition

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April in IoT: The Tinkerer's Edition

The latest combination of DIY and hobbyist IoT news and projects is here! Get spring off onto the right foot with some projects for your garage.

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Welcome back, tinkerers! It's time for another edition of This Month in IoT! Below, you can dive into some of the more interesting hobbyist tutorials and articles we ran in the past few weeks, including some news about operating systems for devices (looking at you, Windows 10 and resin.io), a really neat collaborative pomodoro project, and some no-nonsense DIY tutorials.

Also, we're switching things up on the publications front this month. If you know a lot about the Industrial Internet, if you like to write, and you enjoy being paid for your writing, check out the end of the post for an opportunity.

I hope you enjoy!

Connecting You With What's Cool

  1. The Value of Simulation for IoT: Hacking Alexa With Service Virtualization, by Spencer DeBrosse. Do you have an Amazon Echo in your house you've been wanting to play around with? Read on to learn how to make custom Alexa skills, and to see how you can more easily test your solutions.
  2. Pomodoro With an ESP32: One "The Melee — Side by Side" Project, by Gonzalo Ayuso. Check out the results of this collaborative pomodoro, where a team utilizes an ESP32, Pi Zero, MQTT/mosquitto, and Angular and Node together to create an app.
  3. Windows 10 on ARM and Devices: Hang on to Your Continuum Dock! By Joost van Schaik. Windows is making a bigger push into the ARM world! Check out the latest effort to bring the operating system to your devices.
  4. Controlling Games With Face Recognition in Java (OpenIMAJ), by Pablo Pierniczek. This quick snippet and summary will start your journey to face recognition and motion controls in games and other solutions using OpenIMAJ.
  5. ESP8266 Wi-Fi Fan Controller, by Igor Jarc. Learn how to build a Wi-Fi-capable fan controller. For this project, we'll use EasyIoT Cloud and assorted hardware to build a temperature-sensing fan.

By the way, if you're interested in writing for your fellow DZoners, feel free to check out our Writers' Zone, where you can also find some current hot topics and our Bounty Board, which has writing prompts coupled with prizes.

IoT Around the Web

Easter Eggs

For those who celebrate the occasion, I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend! Of course, no Easter holiday is complete without a good old-fashioned Easter egg hunt. But fear not! I'm not going to make you go outside and search for candy. Instead, I'm simply going to send you over to this blog post about Easter eggs at RaspberryPi.org and let the rest speak for itself.

An Automatic Pet Feeder

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, the weather is finally starting to warm up! That means vacation season is around the corner, lawn work needs doing, not to mention all those conferences folks like to attend. With that in mind, if you're looking for a quick, cheap, easy way to keep the pets fed, here's a great guide from the folks at circuit.io.

Resin.io Announces Multicontainer Support

We ran this article on DZone, but it's worth another mention. Resin.io now supports multicontainer projects! See how the latest changes to this popular OS might be used in your projects and see if it sparks your imagination.

Diving Deeper Into IoT

So I'm doing something a bit new this week. Usually, I list our latest IoT guide and a relevant Refcard. This time, though, I'm going to switch it up a bit. Our next IoT guide is coming out in a couple of weeks — April 16 to be precise — so don't miss it! It'll cover our latest research and tutorials on IoT security, smart cities, and plenty more.

However, with that in mind, I wanted to put a newer IoT-related Refcard out there as well as an opportunity.

  • First, there's our Apache Kafka Refcard.
  • And now for the opportunity. Our Refcard Getting Started With Industrial Internet was published two years ago, and it could use an update! If you've got some subject matter expertise on IIoT and want a paid writing opportunity, send us an email at editors@dzone.com!
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