May in IoT: The Tinkerer's Edition
I hope everyone wants a slice of Raspberry Pi because there's a lot of it this month! Here's some inspiration for your next IoT project.
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Welcome back, tinkerers! Now, before you say anything, I know it's not May. Still, I'm a rebel, so this is coming out a day early. This month's tinkerer-centric compilation of articles will focus on Alexa skills and things to do with boards like Arduinos and, especially, Rasberry Pis.
So, take a look and see if there's something that piques your interest for a weekend project!
Connecting You With What's Cool
- Eavesdropping With Amazon Alexa, by Maty Siman. Well, it was only a matter of time. Want to turn your Alexa into a spy-rig? Here's how it can be done, but be careful: Amazon already knows about it.
- Build an IoT System Using Arduino/ESP8266, Cayenne, and MQTT, by Francesco Azzola. Follow along with this guide to learn how to build an IoT system to read data from and control peripheral devices, as well as how to create a dashboard.
- Quick and Easy Raspberry Pi Setup, by Blaine Carter. Want a fast, simple setup for configuring a new Raspberry Pi? Here's how to install Linux (Raspian) on it for your projects.
- Running Mule 4 on Raspberry Pi, by Roy Prins. While a real mule running on a raspberry pie would just be sad, running MuleSoft on this great IoT platform is a lot of fun!
- How Does Path Planning for Autonomous Vehicles Work, by Paul Ryabchuk. Interested in autonomous cars but aren't sure how pathing works? Here's a great overview of common definitions and the methods behind the behavior.
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IoT Around the Web
Building Your Own Home Command Center
This is an older guide, but still a popular one from Instructables. Want to create a device that tracks everything from lights to temperature, Wi-Fi, sound, and gas? Here's your one-stop shop.
A Tasty Slice of Raspberry Pi
Tinkerers and hobbyists probably started the year off thinking that there would be no new Raspberry Pi model launched in 2018. Well, that was something of a rush to judgment. In March, the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ was released, and here's an excellent technical overview and review of the device from alphr. Also, because it's always fun to speculate, here's what we know so far about the Raspberry Pi 4.
AWS IoT and Bees
Bees have had some hard times lately, but fear not! If you want ready access to honey and something to build on the weekend, this is a great guide that uses AWS IoT and a Raspberry Pi for beekeeping and hive management.
Diving Deeper Into IoT
If you haven't seen them already, I wanted to take a moment to showcase our two most recent IoT-oriented publications.
First up, we launched our latest IoT research guide earlier this month. Subtitled Harnessing Device Data, this guide focuses on making the most of your data from connected devices and sensors. That being said, there's plenty more to see, including the latest research on smart cities and how to build IoT projects with security in mind!
Second, there's our Refcard about Messaging Infrastructure for IoT at Scale. With more devices coming online every day, it's more important than ever to make sure messaging and communication can keep up the pace so the data for better decision making can continue to flow.
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