Electric Imp Office Sensor Hub

I’ve raved about Electric Imp before – I pretty much suggest getting one just to experience the magical way that you program it.

What is Electric Imp, you ask? It’s a beautiful marriage between cloud and physical device that makes large scale IoT deployments very easy. Even better – it’s cheap. The particular breakout board I’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, I set up an entire office monitoring hub for $40. And, excluding some code troubleshooting, the entire thing was up and running in less than an hour.

Project level: Beginner
Approximate time to complete: 45 Minutes
Side benefit: Ending your files ".nut"

In this step-by-step tutorial, you will:

  • connect your Imp-powered breakout board to a local WiFi network
  • use onboard sensors to measure temperature, humidity, and pressure
  • use Grove connectors to add a light and motion sensor
  • use the Electric Imp IDE to stream collected data to a cloud visualization service (https://www.initialstate.com)
  • turn that information into your personal dashboard that you can access on your laptop or mobile device

Get started with Electric Imp now!

This tutorial is part of the series, “Learning How to Build Real IoT Applications” >>

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