PiCare Health Monitoring Glasses

A guest tutorial from Stuart Crouch, 2nd place winner of the PiOT: Maker Famous contest, shows us how he used a Raspberry Pi to prototype 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 to help if necessary.

Electric Imp Office Sensor Hub

Electric Imp a beautiful marriage between cloud and physical device that makes large scale IoT deployments very easy. The particular breakout board we’ll be going over how to use comes with temperature, humidity, pressure, and gyroscopic sensors built-in in addition to 4 Grove connector pins for even more plug-and-play sensors. With the ImpExplorer, we set up an entire office monitoring hub for $40.

Water Tank Level Monitor

A guest tutorial from Brian Brandaw, winner of the PiOT: Maker Famous contest, shows us how he used two Raspberry Pi Zeros to measure the water tank levels in his barn near Austin, TX.

An Amazon Dash 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 you need is a computer that’s always at home – like, say, that Raspberry Pi you’ve got sitting around.

How to Remotely Monitor Your Pi Processes

If you are using one or more Raspberry Pis to run a dedicated task, you need those processes to run uninterrupted. It’s impractical to manually babysit a bunch of Pis to make sure everything keeps running. A better way to ensure continuous operation is to be alerted when a process exits and be able to pull up a single dashboard at anytime to see the status of every important process running on every one of your deployed Pis.

Get 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 with it).

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

One of the most useful applications of the IoT is also one of the easiest for anyone to implement. No coding, no wiring, no waiting for the future. You can start creating your own treasure trove of data and intelligence in a matter of minutes, and this tutorial will show you how.

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! This tutorial goes over assembling the kit and getting started with a dashboard of your own.

Update Your Real Time Dashboard with Google Sheets

People have been using spreadsheets to hold and understand data for years. Once that data grows to hundreds or thousands of cells it can be hard to grasp quickly and easily. Now, using a custom script in Google Sheets, we’re able to turn your cells of hard to read data into beautiful visualizations in Initial State. This is so easy, you’re going to wonder why you haven’t done this before.

Track your work hours with Amazon Alexa and Google Sheets

There are so many options for keeping track of your working hours these days. Some are simple, and some not so much. Utilizing IFTTT, Google Sheets and Initial State you can now create beautiful dashboard that shows when you’re working and how often. This is great for any freelancer that would want to share this kind of dashboard with a client to let them know exactly when they’re working on their project.

GrovePi Zero: A Simple, Compact Sensor Playground for your Pi Zero

The GrovePi Zero is a flexible add-on board for your Raspberry Pi Zero that lets you quickly and easily prototype electronics. Learn how to use the GrovePi Zero by going through a step-by-step project building a real-time, web-based environmental monitor.

Create a Weather Dashboard using Wunderground and AWS Lambda

Learn how to use AWS Lambda to build a connector between Weather Underground and Initial State. You will learn how to setup AWS Lambda to automatically pull weather conditions from Weather Underground then push that data into an Initial State dashboard in real-time.

Track the International Space Station

Who doesn’t love space? Seriously. Especially when we live in a glorious day and age of public space data! Thanks to NASA and Open Notify, we can access data about where the International Space Station is right now using AWS Lambda or your favorite single-board computer!

Know Who’s at the Office with the Raspberry Pi

Looking for an easy and useful project for that Pi you just have lying around? Setup a sensor-free presence detector to let you know when someone’s close enough to connect to the WiFi! Know who’s home and who’s not or when your favorite coworkers are at the office.

Internet Connected & Sensor Free Presence Detector with the C.H.I.P.

Lots of cool boards for makers and developers have been coming out, and the C.H.I.P. is one that boasts both built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. What really makes the C.H.I.P. standout, however, is that it only costs $9. In this step-by-step tutorial, you will setup the C.H.I.P. to scan for devices on a WiFi network and use that to determine who is home.

Using the IFTTT DO Button to Create a Scoreboard

Learn how to create a web-based scoreboard using the IFTTT DO button app and Initial State.

Tutorial & Review: Enviro pHAT for Raspberry Pi

The Enviro pHAT from Pimoroni is an add-on board for Raspberry Pi with a set of sensors on-board to capture temperature, pressure, motion, light, and color. Learn how to use the Enviro pHAT to build a streaming sensor box and find out if it is worth the money.

Cellular & GPS Enabled Pi Zero: Fona + Pi Zero

What if your Raspberry Pi Zero could access internet services from anywhere? What if your Fona Cellular GSM and GPS breakout had the brains of a full Linux computer behind it? What if you could access the Fona’s cellular capabilities and GPS data from a Raspberry Pi at the same time? Learn more …

Using Amazon Echo and IFTTT to Create a Scoreboard

Learn how to send data to a dashboard from voice commands to your Amazon Echo using IFTTT and Initial State.

Create a System Health Dashboard for your Pi

Learn how to build and customize your own browser-based dashboard to monitor the health and performance of a web-connected Raspberry Pi.

Easily View and Compare Fitbit Data Trends

Learn how to send activity data from your fitbit to a dashboard you can view in your web browser using IFTTT and Initial State. Combine your fitbit data with data from other sources into a single dashboard you can easily share with your friends and family.

A Live RSVP Dashboard using IFTTT and Google Sheets

Learn how to create a live wedding RSVP dashboard using IFTTT and Google Sheets to track how many people are coming, not coming, and simply not responding.

Internet Connected Home Energy Meter

A fantastic tutorial from Anurag Chugh: About 2 years ago, I decided that it would be a good idea to log how much electricity I was using. If the endeavor resulted into an internet connected device, that would be even better. So I set out looking for an energy meter. I was looking for one which had an interface which would all me to connect it to the computer (or Raspberry Pi or an OpenWrt device).

Particle Electron: Cellular Portable Streaming GPS

In this project, we’ll go over how to setup your Particle Electron, attach a GPS module, and stream GPS data to a web-connected dashboard. For a mere $112 and about an hour, you can have a portable, streaming GPS that’s reliable, rechargeable, and reprogrammable over-the-air.

Analyze the Astro Pi Space Data in Your Browser

On December 9, 2015, two augmented Raspberry Pi single-board computers (aka the Astro Pis) were delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) to run experiments devised by the winners of the Astro Pi challenge. Analyze this data now with interactive data visualizations that run in your web browser.

Weatherproof Streaming GPS & Environment Sensor

Working with electronics and getting your project streaming data is so fun and rewarding. But what about when you want to put it outside? Or don’t have access to WiFi? Or, heaven forbid, don’t want to struggle through debugging code and one-off solutions? Well have no fear because the Thingsee One is here.

Weight Tracking, Text Messaging Scale w/ a Sense of Humor

Are you tired of staring at that stupid, soulless, bearer of bad news bathroom scale every morning? It is time to create a scale that is not only smart but has a bit more personality to brighten your day. We are going to build our very own hackable, weight tracking, text messaging bathroom scale that comes with a built-in sense of humor.

Remotely Monitor Your Aging Loved One

Over 95% of people age 75 and older have no desire to live anywhere but their own home and remain independent. Peace of mind can be obtained without breaking the bank using a combination of easy-to-use, consumer friendly DIY technologies. In this tutorial, we will show you how to setup a series of sensors and securely connect each sensor to a web-based dashboard that you can access anytime, anywhere.

Electric Imp Nora Motion & Environment Streamer

The Electric Imp is a platform paired with hardware that makes connecting to the Internet quickly, securely, and seamlessly a piece of cake. Learn how to connect a battery-powered Nora board and its six different sensors (temperature, humidity, lux, UV, IR, pressure, orientation, acceleration) to an Initial State dashboard.

Protect Your Girl Scout Cookies with a Raspberry Pi

Admit it. Few things in this world bother you more than when someone opens up your favorite box of Girl Scout cookies and starts devouring that luscious goodness that you look forward to all year. We are going to build our own layered security system around our cookie stash. You will receive a SMS alert the instant someone is near your cookies and the instant someone touches your cookies.

Pubnub Integration with Initial State

PubNub is a service that specializes in low-latency messaging across any device or platform anywhere. PubNub operates using “channels” on which a device can publish messages and subscribe to messages. But what if you want to visualize message rate trends? That’s where Initial State comes in - real-time dashboards to visualize data flowing through PubNub channels.

GrovePi Plug-N-Stream Data Playground

The Grove System simplifies the process of wiring up sensors and various other electronic components by packaging each sensor/component into modules with a common interface to eliminate the need for complex breadboard wiring. Using a board like a GrovePi+ connected to a web-connected Raspberry Pi gives you a Lego-like experience for creating your own electronic masterpieces.

Electric Imp Environmental Data Streamer

The Electric Imp is a platform paired with hardware that makes connecting to the Internet quickly, securely, and seamlessly a piece of cake. Learn how to setup an Imp Environmental Tail from scratch to measure temperature, humidity, lux, and pressure and connect your Imp to an Initial State dashboard.

Wio Link Plug-and-Play IoT

Learn how to program a $9 Wio Link IoT board to send sensor data to an Initial State dashboard through IFTTT without any coding, breadboarding, or soldering.

Raspberry Pi GPS Tracker

Learn a simple way to connect a GPS module to your Raspberry Pi to create a real-time GPS tracker and logger using Python and Initial State.

Hyper-local Weather Dashboard

Let’s face it, we humans talk about the weather a lot ⛅️. This super-fun and easy project will leverage the Weather Underground (Wunderground) and a Raspberry Pi + Sense HAT to take your weather street cred to a whole new level. We are going to build our very own hyper-local weather dashboard, capturing the weather inside and outside our house over time.

Beer/Wine Fridge of Awesomeness

How do you take a perfectly good beer or wine fridge and make it awesome? A good start is to have your refrigerator tell you how many bottles are in it, when the door is open or closed, and the temperature inside your fridge. What is even better is to have that information available to you at all times on your laptop, tablet, and phone.

Adding an Arduino (Cactus Micro) to your Smart Home Network

Learn how to connect an $11 Cactus Micro Arduino board and a DHT22 temperature/humidity sensor to a wireless sensor network hub to securely stream data to a sensor dashboard.

Wireless Sensor Network Hub

We live in a wonderful time where incredibly capable devices with internet connectivity cost less than $20. This makes developing your own “Internet of Things” things easier than ever. Learn how to build a secure, device agnotic hub that these devices can connect to that will let you build your own inexpensive smart home sensor network.

Arduino Smart Trash Can

Ever wonder how much trash you produce in a week? Kids telling you they’ve taken out the trash when they really haven’t? Follow this practical, step-by-step tutorial to learn how to connect your trash can to the Internet of Things.

PiOT 101: Raspberry Pi + Internet of Things

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that can be used to build amazing things. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the exploding network of objects, sensors, and “things” connected to the internet. This hands-on workshop will teach you the basics of using a Raspberry Pi and how to use a Pi to create an Internet of Things application.

Visualize Your SmartThings Events

Easily create a SmartThings dashboard and event history visualization. The Initial State + SmartThings integrations gives you a simple, code-free way to see your SmartThings events in real-time.

Arduino Streaming Sensor Box

Want a completely autonomous way to monitor rooms in your home (or even somewhere like your porch)? Want to see both your room’s instantaneous status and how it’s been doing over the past month? This project is not only easy, it is also cheap.