Initial State 101:

Getting Started with Initial State

Quickly get up and running with your Initial State account. Learn the basics of how to stream data into your account, how to build a dashboard, transform data, set a trigger notification, share data, and more.

How to Stream (Push) Data to a Dashboard API in Python

If you are building projects in Python, there is a good chance you will want to capture some sort of data on occasion. You might even want to build a dashboard out of that data. For example, a dashboard of performance data (e.g. CPU usage). Or, a dashboard full of sensor data (e.g. temperature). Maybe a dashboard displaying the status of critical processes. If it is data you can access in your Python code, you can easily build a real-time dashboard from that data.

Build a Simple Dashboard Web Server

Do you want to create a beautiful, customized dashboard full of all your important data for display on a big television, small LCD, your laptop, or to share with your colleagues/boss at work? Maybe you want to wrap custom images, animations, or buttons around your dashboard. One way to accomplish this is by creating a custom web page and hosting it from an inexpensive device like a Raspberry Pi.

How to Stream Your Google Sheets Data to a Real-Time Dashboard

Spreadsheets excel at (see what I did there …) manipulating data in all kinds of crazy ways. However, they tend to be a rather boring tool for displaying / sharing KPIs and other key summary data. This tutorial will show you a simple, inexpensive way to create a beautiful, sharable, real-time updating dashboard from your Google Sheets data.

Tuck Away a Specific Month/Week/Day View of Your Data

If you have a set of sensors or an application streaming data over a long period of time, there is a good chance you are, at some point, going to want to look at data from the past. For example, if you are streaming energy usage data, you might want to compare last February’s usage to this February. Luckily, there are a couple of cool features in your Initial State account that let you easily tuck away custom views of your data from specific time ranges.