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

Build a Raspberry Pi powered live train station sign for your desk

Build your own UK train station platform departure display (next train indicator) with live data using a Raspberry Pi Zero, OLED display and 3D printed case - a cool (and practical!) desktop gadget. It involves a bit of software, a bit of soldering, and some 3D printing too. Contents Introduction

Balena secures $14.4m to grow team and bring edge computing to every developer

We’re incredibly excited to announce that we’ve just closed a $14.4m Series B investment round, led by OpenView with participation from our existing investors including Threshold Ventures, Aspect Ventures, and GE Ventures. Balena’s mission is to unlock the potential of physical computing by removing friction for

Build a smart photo slideshow with balenaCloud

When we started the balenaDash project, the main goal was to make it easy and straightforward to deploy IoT devices that display information on a screen. The project has been constantly developed, with new features such as automate the backlight timer, how to setup a dashboard or even displaying google

Use a Raspberry Pi to communicate with Amazon AWS IoT

When developing an IoT project, there are many things to take into account, from choosing the hardware and software to the infrastructure where you will host all the sensor data. Gladly managing a device fleet with balenaCloud is as easy as typing git push. The next step is to think

Turn your old speakers or Hi-Fi into Bluetooth receivers with a Raspberry Pi and this step-by-step guide

If you’ve got an old Hi-Fi or sound system with an AUX input, this project is for you. Try balenaSound, a starter project to quickly and easily add Bluetooth to an old Hi-Fi, speakers, or any other audio device using only a Raspberry Pi! Contents Before you start Introduction

Why is the balenaFin right for fleet owners? Part 1: Storage

This is the first 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 - July 2019

Happy Summer Solstice to the Northern Hemisphere, and happy Winter Solstice to the Southern Hemisphere. Regardless of where you are in the world and how hot or cold it is, we have some tasty treats for you this month! We’ve been busy hacking dummy security cameras, combining data from

Aggregate data from a fleet of sensors with balenaSense and InfluxDB

Back in March we wrote about balenaSense, our project to monitor air quality with a Raspberry Pi, Grafana and InfluxDB. Lots of you have been using this project and giving great feedback, and one of the requested features was the ability to take data from multiple balenaSense devices and bring