The Internet of Things (IoT) is a very important topic taking the IT world by storm. Every organization is eager to get their products “connected” and many IT professionals want to know how they can add relevant IoT skills to their resumes. In case you aren’t as connected to technology as the rest of us, IoT is a network of physical, everyday objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity. This technology allows these items (or “things”) to exchange data between the physical world and computer-based systems.
So where do you start if you want to build your own connected IoT products? There are a lot of options for learning about IoT, but nothing beats hands-on experience. Using a key learning platform for IoT, like Raspberry Pi, can offer you the skills you need and relevant product development for IT industries.
Why Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi is a popular choice when developing IoT products. It offers a complete Linux server with a tiny platform at an incredibly low price. Actually, the Raspberry Pi is so well-known to IoT that the company has featured several Internet of Things projects on their site. Here you will find projects and community support for a range of IoT activities. Take for example, the World’s First Cloud Texting Enabled Espresso Machine – powered by Raspberry Pi.
Partnered with the Zipwhip cloud texting application, the Raspberry Pi connects to an espresso machine and allows people to text a message to it that automatically turns it on and starts brewing beverages. See it in action and learn more about the project below!
Raspberry Powered Espresso Machine Project
Zipwhip is a cloud texting company looking to free texting from simple use on mobile devices. This mission is what spurred the “Textspresso” project that allows people to text an espresso machine and order up their own tasty beverage. Explore the details of building your own Textspresso, powered by Raspberry Pi.
Steps to Building the Textspresso
- Get yourself a Textspresso circuit board
- Get the parts
- Buy the machine
- Setup Raspberry Pi
- Create a Zipwhip account
- Configure your Zipwhip account to the machine (the software step)
- Text yourself a coffee
This is just one of many innovative projects made possible with the Raspberry Pi. The IoT has greatly expanded thanks to this revolutionary, credit-card sized Linux computer. For more DIY Raspberry Pi projects, visit their website.
Other Rasberry Pi Solutions
Raspberry Pi’s affordability is a key benefit in the computing industry. Because of this, it has also become a central force in many classroom computing solutions. FUZE is one such product that offers students and educators an easy-to-use product geared towards teaching BASIC programming and computational thinking. Or check out the GrovePi+ board from Seeed Studio, designed to connect your Raspberry Pi with a whole world of sensors.
Technology is constantly evolving with the Internet of Things at its center. How will you use devices, like the Raspberry Pi, to keep up? Share with us your ideas in our Raspberry Pi comments section online, or tag us with your design tips on Facebook and Twitter.
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