Beyond the cloud: Docker containers in space

On the 13th June 2019, a rocket launched from Kiruna, Sweden, carrying 280kg of scientific experiments; among them, a Raspberry Pi Zero running Docker containers on balenaOS. To our knowledge this is the first time a Moby/Docker container engine has been flown to space! Nico Maas, an IT Engineer

balena monthly roundup - October 2019

What’s happening, everyone? We hope you had a good month. It’s time for another update from balena-land. The first thing I want to mention this month is our Barcelona Hackathon 2019, tickets are selling fast and so if you want to join us, make sure to head over

Using Web Bluetooth to communicate with Bluetooth devices

Adding Bluetooth to your IoT project usually means developing native applications to interact with your devices. However, the new Web Bluetooth API specification allows web browsers to communicate directly with Bluetooth Low Energy devices. While the specification is not finalized yet, we can already experiment with it using Chrome on

Why is the balenaFin right for fleet owners? Part 2: Power

This is the second of a series of posts about the key features that make the balenaFin the right choice for fleet owners. For all those who are not familiar with the balenaFin, you can take a look at this introductory post. We’ve divided the series into three posts

balena monthly roundup - September 2019

Big news from balenaHQ! Since the release of the Raspberry Pi 4 back in June we’ve been working tirelessly to bring support to balenaOS. Our work has resulted in the first, fully-functional, 64-bit OS for the Raspberry Pi 4, allowing you to mix and match multiple container architectures on

balena releases first fully functional 64-bit OS for the Raspberry Pi 4

Today, we are excited to announce the release of 64-bit balenaOS for the Raspberry Pi 4, providing support for the full 4GB of memory and allowing the simultaneous, side-by-side running of 32-bit and 64-bit Docker containers - a first for the Raspberry Pi 4! BalenaOS is an open-source, minimal, Yocto

Run a mixed-architecture app using 64-bit balenaOS on the Raspberry Pi 4

Ever wished it was possible to run both 32-bit and 64-bit containers on your Raspberry Pi 4 simultaneously? Well thanks to the 64-bit version of balenaOS, it is! This tutorial will show you how to build a basic weather chart, displaying the current temperature and humidity of your chosen city,

Install a balenaFin outdoors, for use as a LoRa gateway, flight tracker, weather station and more!

Back in May we looked at deploying the software to run a balenaFin as a TTN LoRa Gateway, today we’re working on the natural progression from this; mounting the hardware up a mast and making the installation more permanent. The techniques we look at here will allow us to

balena monthly roundup - August 2019

Oh my, it’s hard to believe it’s only been a month since we last emailed as so much has happened! We’re excited to give you all a quick roundup of everything you shouldn’t miss out on. Perhaps the biggest news of the month is that we

Taming the 'hard' in hardware in 8 steps - a product development journey

In 2017, we (balena) embarked on a mission to build the ultimate flashing media. As a software company, we didn't realize the hornet's nest that we had stepped into. Little did we anticipate that in the process, we would end up re-examining the wheel at every step, going through eight