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IoT & Wearables: DIY IoT

For the first two entries of this series, we focused on social media and smart clothing. The goal was to showcase that the world of IoT and wearables is more diverse than what you might think. Today, I would like to show you some of the coolest DIY  IoT projects that anyone could get into. Furthermore, several sources and websites of interest will be showcased.

DIY projects

One of the things that amazes me about the rapid advancement of technology is how quickly we get used to it. We rarely stop to consider that many of the things we use today are actually technological wonders.

When I look at the things built with a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino board, I am genuinely astonished. There is a lot of imagination, hard work, and dedication that goes into many of these projects.

Even better, the community is incredible. With most of the hobbies I have been involved with, there is always a sense of competition that is not always healthy. In the DIY community, the only sort of competition is creating more imaginative projects than what came before.

Moreover, it is incredibly rare to see a community so open about sharing everything. Project creators are rightfully proud of what they have accomplished and are universally happy about helping others achieve the same.

Though I will only mention a couple of projects here and there, there are thousands of them that I would like to talk about. Even if you are not really handy, many of these projects are relatively easy for beginners.

Raspberry Pi

The impact of the Raspberry Pi cannot be overstated. The tiny computer is well-known as the most affordable and reliable solution in the market. It has given rise to incredible DIY projects and allowed a whole generation of tech enthusiasts to try their hands in the trade.

The Pi is merely the size of a credit card yet its applications are endless. It has already been used to create emulators, portable game consoles, radios, and a lot more. You can use it to create an inexpensive media center that will rival professional boxes.

Another great thing about the Pi is that the DIY community is truly fantastic. The Magic Mirror project, for instance, has an extremely helpful forum of users. As long as your woodworking skills are better than mine, you can have an intelligent mirror that displays information like the weather for $300.

Arduino

Though Arduino boards and Raspberry Pis are different types of devices, comparisons between the two always arise in the DIY space. The company was one of the first to truly commercialize the concept of a small but powerful computer for DIY projects and they have continued to do well in the market.

The number of projects based on boards like the Arduino Uno are as numerous as the Raspberry Pi. Some of my absolute favorites include the DYI Ambilight and the hilarious romance pants.

Once again, it is the creativity of the community that makes these projects so interesting. The price of entry is not too high, compared to other hobbies. Furthermore, you learn valuable skills in the process.

Other entities

Though the micro-computer world is already dominated by the aforementioned companies, others have tried to enter the game with varying levels of success. VoCore is a coin-sized, Wi-Fi enabled computer for more niche projects. The Odroid-C1 is an intensely powerful micro-computer for larger projects.

Intel also offers two boards by the name of Galileo and Edison, the latter of which is an incredibly powerful machine though relatively expensive if you want a real starter kit.

There are plenty more examples out there too. The defining difference, however, is the community. The Raspberry Pi and Arduino boards have the largest community support out there.

Whether you are just now starting this hobby or you are an experienced veteran, chances are you will want to interact with others.

What should you expect with DIY IoT?

The difficulty and cost of any given project depends entirely on what you are trying to achieve. If you would like to build a homemade smoke alarm notifier, for instance, you can do it for about $10. In contrast, the aforementioned magic mirror will easily cost you ~$250-300.

Even if you are not familiar with coding, welding, or anything else related to DIY, an IoT project is still a great place to start. For the simplest projects, you will simply need to assemble a few pieces together and either run code made by other people or create a simple IFTTT recipe.

Links

Below I have included several links that will hopefully get you started on a hunt for DIY IoT projects. The creativity of the community always astonishes me and I have no doubt in my mind that everyone can find a project they can relate to.

Of course, the list below is by no means exhaustive. It is simply there to act as a stepping stone. You will be able to find a huge variety of other projects with a simple online search. Starting here, however, should give you some idea of what to expect.

By Adam Pothitos

Adam has been keenly interested in the mobile and marketing industries for as long as he can remember. He believes that the mobile and digital evolutions have completely transformed our world and wants to be a close part of that ever-shifting landscape. Towards that end, he has written for a number of online publications on matters of the mobile market, the computer industry, and all kinds of technology. When he’s not dealing with technology, he’s always interested in some good discussions on psychology.

6 replies on “IoT & Wearables: DIY IoT”

With respect to DIY IoT projects, there is a lot of focus that has to be integrated into bringing the ideas into reality where the only vying existing is that of developing more visionary projects while at the same time giving a helping hand to others within the related group.

The mini Raspberry Pi, which is one of the low priced and well-founded supercomputers has limitless advantages regarding its efficiency, paving way for great DIY Projects along with an involved community.

The equally small Arduino which might seem similar to Raspberry Pi with respect to DIY Projects is actually distinct and is one of the initial attempts to create a minute supercomputer for DIY Projects.

It also features a dedicated interactive community to hone one’s skills.

Other instances encompass products like VoCore and Odroid-C1 etc which however dont have community groups as compared to that of Raspberry and Arduino.

The project’s end goal is what factors the expenditure and effort. Also for newcomers to DIY, it is recommended that IoT projects are a good place to begin with.

DIY IoT projects and devices

Related to DIY IoT projects mentioned below are some of the details.

Raspberry
PI is one of the economical and dependable micro computers which has
resulted in many DIY projects possessing limitless benefits. Its community is
highly captivating with many users ready to help.

Arduino
is yet another computer small in size but possessing infinite uses. It also
features an interactive community similar to that of Raspberry Pi

Other micro
computers include VoCore, Odroid-C1 etc in the domain dominated by
Raspberry and Arduino.

Raspberry PI and Arduino are small computers for DIY projects
differing in several aspects but yet providing the users with unlimited
benefits with both featuring an interactive and reciprocative community
to aid users.

Raspberry PI and Arduino are small computers for DIY projects
differing in several aspects but yet providing the users with unlimited
benefits with both featuring an interactive and reciprocative community
to aid users.

IOT is one of the fastest growing industry. IoT application development, including event-driven logic, application programming, visualization, analytics and adapters to connect to enterprise systems.

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