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Device to Cloud, Hands-On. Part 1: Prototyping Platforms

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Subscribe! is back after a long mid-year (summer-) break and with a new series.

Starting with this episode, I'm going to explore a range of embedded systems prototyping platforms and, ultimately, how to connect tiny devices into the cloud for fun, scale, and security. We'll explore how to establish basic connectivity, discuss security options, talk about how to flow and handle telemetry data and how to do remote switching like turning a motor or switching a light from the cloud and do that in a way that it would scale to very, very many devices and poor connectivity conditions.

Prototyping platforms allow hobbyists, researchers, and industrial design engineers to explore designs, and wire up and easily program special-purpose devices without soldering or even having to make a printed circuit. Once the design is stable, the prototype can then be turned into an actual device that can be produced at scale.

In today's episode I'm going to give an overview of the prototyping platforms I'm going to explore in the upcoming few weeks. I'm initially going to focus on platforms that are cheap to buy and have existing communities, so that you can play along if you like: Arduino, Gadgeteer, Netduino, Android ADK, Seeedstudio Grove, and Raspberry Pi. Later this year, we'll also take a look at prototyping/evaluation platforms for industrial microcontrollers.

Today and in the next few episodes, I'll be starting with the Arduino Ethernet board, which I bought as part of a Fritzing Starter Kit. Fritzing.org is an open-source hardware design initiative by the Interaction Design Lab at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany. 

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  • Great hands-on series !

    The device connection to Service Bus will be very intersting !


  • Hi Clemens,

    I'm following your series with great interest. I'm a .NET sw architect/dev with Azure Service Bus experience, I'm now in my evening hours experimenting with Arduino and Netduino micro controllers, with as goal the ability to control street lights for an upcoming project.

    Please continue the great work!


  • I'm looking forward to upcoming episodes, this is a very timely subject.



  • This is awesome ... thanks for starting this series.

  • tambergtamberg

    Nice! Looking forward to the CAN bus issue.


    PS. Soldering is easy. Here's how to do it (http://mightyohm.com/files/soldercomic/FullSolderComic_EN.pdf)

  • Very cool I am very interested

    @paolopat: I was interested the way you make a weather station with the Netduino, I  want to build one with my daughter who wants to be a meteorologist.

  • @Dirtbagg: How can I help you ?

  • This looks like a great series and I am looking forward to seeing all the episodes

  • Martin Rasch martinso​Niner Watching the Latest at Channel 9

    Very good series. Looking forward to new episodes. Cheers Smiley

  • Awesome series !!  I have been thinking about buying a raspberry pi to get started with the hardware movement and I am glad I found this series. It is definitely going to help me understand this area better. Cheers Cool

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