Release Party: Making balena UX improvements to support new users

We're excited to introduce some UX improvements that can help new users starting with Deploy with balena on balenaHub. From application and release build speed improvements, to new UI elements, we added a number of new features to remove the friction from the first-time user experience. What’s a release

Keep your plant-friends happy and healthy with automated watering: balenaPlant

Even when you remember to water your plants, did you water too much? Not enough? This project combines a Raspberry Pi, balenaBlocks, environmental sensors, and water pump automation to help keep your plants watered with a data-driven touch. Access a dashboard showing your plant data from anywhere in the world

Introducing the new balenaCloud sidebar

During balena's Release Party 3, our team designed and deployed a new sidebar on balenaCloud in less than eight hours. This includes improvement of the menu experience and innovative breadcrumbs. Thanks to every teammate who contributed to redesign the sidebar. Better navigation for better fleet management We’ve been looking

Introducing balenaBlocks: jumpstart your IoT app development

Our mission at balena is to “reduce friction for fleet owners and unlock the power of physical computing”-- it’s what guides every balenista’s work. However, there’s still complexity to be found in developing applications, and we’re on our way toward solving this part of the

Balena introduces new collaboration and organization management features

We’ve been thinking a lot about how companies and teams work together on balenaCloud, and wanted to make it easier to collaborate without sacrificing control or security. The result of our work is a new top-level feature called Organizations. With this release, Organizations become central to device, application and

Analyze sounds using Coral AI on the edge and fleet intelligence, Part 1

Can we use AI to help us identify and quantify noise pollution? In this project, we’re using a Coral Dev Board or a Raspberry Pi 4 with an attached Edge TPU to listen to ambient sounds 24/7 and categorize them for us. We’ll also demonstrate how we

Introducing balenaHub: an easier way to find and publish apps and projects for edge devices

Now you can find IoT and edge projects created by other product builders, like you. Simply go to balenaHub, find a project that you want to try, add your devices, and begin. We built this feature as part of our second Release Party. Massive thanks for every teammate who contributed

Build a Scratch server using a Raspberry Pi and balena

Ever wonder what an 8-year-old child would build if you taught them balena? Building their very own Scratch server is at the top of the list. All it took was some encouragement, a Raspberry Pi, and some simple steps. For parents and educators who want to start quickly, our tried-and-true

Why is the balenaFin right for fleet owners? Part 3: Networking

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

Receive and store LoRa sensor data from TTN using a Raspberry Pi (part 2)

Back in the first part of this series, we detailed the process of building a simple LoRa-connected weather station to monitor temperature, humidity, and pressure, and send the readings to The Things Network (TTN). In this second part, we’re going to take a look at how you can capture