Quick First Look: Onion Omega
October 30, 2015
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 C. Raspberry PI is designed to be a full computer; it isn’t “cheap” ($40 times a number of devices adds up in cost) and is battery intensive (comparatively). The Onion Omega picks up a lot of strengths from both sides of the spectrum as it’s a full Linux machine (meaning I can write in NodeJS), fast enough to support SSL, tiny, AND has built-in WiFi.
Getting started with Fritzing
August 14, 2015
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 how to start digitally designing some of those IoT projects you’ve been thinking about.
So many IoT software platforms, where to begin?
August 13, 2015
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 be built on software. As such that brings us to our second platform list, which is much bigger and much more confusing.
Tutorial: AWS API Gateway to Lambda to DynamoDB
August 5, 2015
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 API Gateway which I also haven’t spent much time on, so that’s a perfect thing to learn. After some tinkering, I found that while AWS API Gateway -> Lambda -> DynamoDB might sound complicated, it’s actually quite easy.
AWS IoT Hack Series with MediaTek LinkIt One
August 3, 2015
Last Friday I spent the day at the AWS Popup Loft San Francisco. Just like when I was there two weeks ago, it was for an all day, hands on bootcamp. However, this most recent visit was much more exciting since we were learning about the Internet Of Things, the MediaTek LinkIt One and how to use AWS to process all the data. I left filled with good times, glorious ideas of IoT, and some goodies. A friend called it “Adult summer camp”, I call it “So awesome, why haven’t you gone yet?”