Fixing the balenaFin high-temp issue, the DIY way.

A few weeks back, we announced our decision to recall our v1.1 balenaFins due to a USB issue at high temperatures, along with an in-depth explanation of the issue. We offer free repair for any customer that has purchased a v1.1 balenaFin, and many of our customers have

How to classify socks using a Raspberry Pi, Edge Impulse, and balena

We’re going to create a project on a Raspberry Pi with a Camera that distinguishes between socks using the Edge Impulse Machine Learning system running on balena. We all know that matching socks is a nightmare, so having an affordable, intelligent system saying if a sock matches with another

balena monthly roundup - September 2020

By popular demand, we created a guide on how to run Wireguard VPN in balenaOS. Our team also got to the bottom of USB temperature issues on the Fin v1.1. From the lab, we showed edge developers, hackers, and makers how to build an IoT surveillance camera in 30

'Deploy with balena' makes it easier to deploy and share IoT apps

Have you ever shared an open source IoT project only to be overwhelmed with questions about how to deploy it, or underwhelmed with the lack of adoption by the community? Even if you labor over your README instructions, it can be hard to make device provisioning and deployments simple and

Introducing lightweight high-level device metrics in balenaCloud

Now you can surface and view device performance metrics on the balenaCloud dashboard. This is a lightweight way to get a high-level summary of CPU, RAM, and storage utilization, CPU temperature, undervoltage warnings, and other important metrics on every device within your fleet. This device metric summary is now available

How my cat helped me build a better IoT app

Modernizing my app made it far easier to spy on my American Shorthair. My cat Tucker is a somewhat predictable animal who likes to curl up in predictable spots around the house, so he’s the perfect subject for surreptitious video surveillance and just the sort of motivating force I

Never lose your stuff again: tracking Bluetooth beacons with a Raspberry Pi

Never lose something important to you again by using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and Raspberry Pi sensors to track your stuff. Are your keys at home or in the office? By following this guide, you’ll soon know. Introduction What’s Bluetooth/BLE and what’s a beacon? So

Make a security camera system in 30 minutes or less

Use a single-board computer or spare laptop, a webcam and free software to build your own surveillance system. There are many reasons for wanting security cameras: watching blind spots around your home, keeping a remote eye on your children playing, or finding where the delivery person lobbed your package. In

Root-cause analysis of the balenaFin high-temperature USB issue

Earlier today, we announced our decision to recall all v1.1 balenaFins due to a USB malfunction at high temperatures. If you think your balenaFin might be affected, please follow the instructions outlined here. This issue prevents affected balenaFins from accessing any USB peripherals when the ambient temperature rises above

balena monthly roundup - August 2020

This month we’re excited about partnering with Coral to help developers bring their local AI projects to life. We made a bit of a splash with the Steampunk Geiger Counter project, presented a simple way to start up a LoRa network with Basics Station, and helped users fix those