Category: IoT

Quick First Look: Onion Omega 0

Quick First Look: Onion Omega

Back in April I backed a Kickstarter for the Onion Omega. It’s another new hardware development platform centered around the Internet Of Things. While I’ve already got Raspberry Pi and Arduino aplenty, the Omega caught my eye as being a really nice blend of both worlds. Arduino is actually very hard to use for standalone IoT because it’s not fast enough to support SSL; it also requires you program in...

Electricity as a shower (Understanding Volts and Amps) 0

Electricity as a shower (Understanding Volts and Amps)

Normally electricity and water don’t mix, however today we’re just talking analogies. When working with electronics, it’s very common to see questions along the lines of “My project requires X volts, is it okay to use Y power source” or “My Raspberry Pi requires 1 amp, will a 2 amp power supply burn it out?”. If you don’t know electricity, this makes perfect sense to ask. Rather than answer specific...

Getting started with Fritzing 0

Getting started with Fritzing

For those of you who haven’t used it before, Fritzing is an open source application to make “electronics accessible”. For those who’ve done electronics work before, it’s similar to EAGLE CAD, but much simpler (and a lot more free). The Fritzing project does offer a lot more than just a piece of software, in fact they also do PCB fabrication, but for right now we’re just going to focus on...

So many IoT software platforms, where to begin? 0

So many IoT software platforms, where to begin?

When you talk about the Internet Of Things, there are two major types of platforms. The first is hardware and while it’s growing, it’s fairly easy. The big hardware platforms are Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Particle, Intel (Edison), and MediaTek. There are, of course, many more, but that covers a majority of the hardware. However, since the hardware tends to be small, low power, and “dumb”, the IoT revolution will truly...

Tutorial: AWS API Gateway to Lambda to DynamoDB 17

Tutorial: AWS API Gateway to Lambda to DynamoDB

After last week’s Internet Of Things hack session, I became fascinated with all the fun IoT projects and technologies there are to play with. Everything you do, requires data to go into the cloud, so I figured I’d start there. In the hack series I learned how to push data into AWS Kinesis which is amazing, however it has its disadvantages. On the flip side there is the new AWS...