There are a lot of Internet-connected devices out there and the price is only going down. But usually the cheaper they are, the harder they are program and make secure. The Electric Imp is a platform paired with hardware that makes connecting to the Internet quickly, securely, and seamlessly a piece of cake. It does all the hard network work for you without you having to change a thing. That way, you can focus on what data you want it to collect and send.
It’s super cool looking, the first time you flash it (a.k.a. send a “BlinkUp”) will blow your mind, it updates over-the-air, and you can get the entire kit for $30 on Amazon right now.
----------------------- Project level: Beginner Approximate time to complete: 20 minutes
Data points produced per month: 51,840
In this step-by-step tutorial, you will:
- connect your Imp-powered breakout board to a local WiFi network
- attach an environmental sensor tail to measure temperature, humidity, lux, and pressure
- 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
This tutorial is part of the series, “Learning How to Build Real IoT Applications” >>