IoT fleet monitoring with Datadog and balenaCloud: How small agent containers make a big impact

One challenge of managing a fleet of dispersed IoT devices is gathering and monitoring device metrics in real-time. Let’s check out how companies like Datadog are adding monitoring capabilities using lightweight containers that are ideal for IoT and edge devices. Datadog’s newest monitoring agent requires as little as

How to use Nvidia Jetson devices on balena

Access the full capabilities of Jetson devices in balenaCloud. Recent versions of balenaOS provide easy access to JetPack components, giving your containers access to the GPU’s power. Learn how to build a project to start accessing a world of AI tools, including CUDA and OpenCV, below. Hardware refresher Nvidia

Cellular + IoT isn't as hard as you think

I’ve always been a bit hesitant to add cellular networking to my IoT projects because I figured the cost of bandwidth and the hardware requirements were more trouble than they were worth. But after some experimentation, I got over my fears and found cellular wasn’t nearly as expensive

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

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

Rapid prototyping a GPS tracker with balenaOS: a community perspective

Our guest community author, Xabier Crespo of SC Robotics, walks through a GPS project that uses Docker and balenaOS, written in Python. Learn more about their prototyping process using balenaOS and try the project. My name is Xabier Crespo and I’m a co-founder at SC Robotics, a small consulting

Balena partners with Coral to enable AI at the edge

Today we’re announcing that balena and Coral are partnering to simplify how developers deploy and manage AI applications at the edge. Coral is a platform of hardware components, software tools, and example models for building devices with local AI. Coral's on-device ML acceleration technology helps developers build fast, efficient,

Build a simple radiation monitor using a Raspberry Pi, InfluxDB and Grafana

We wrote in detail about our Raspberry Pi geiger counter project in another post, now this guide focuses on the basics necessary to build your own. Read on to discover how to assemble a background radiation monitor with a web dashboard to show pretty graphs (who doesn’t like pretty

Using OpenDataCam and balena to "quantify the world" with AI

Learn how to run OpenDataCam on balenaCloud, which adds a number of features to make managing a device (or a fleet of dozens) easy. This guide features deployment, remote configuration, how to use the built-in VPN, a public URL, and monitoring device diagnostics. What is OpenDataCam? OpenDataCam is an open

Build an AI-driven object detection algorithm with balenaOS and alwaysAI

This guide will show you how to set up a neural network model that runs an object detection algorithm in real time. We’ll be leveraging balenaOS and alwaysAI’s platform to greatly simplify the process. Some prep work In a previous article, we showed you how to easily get