How to use balenaCloud container contracts in mixed-device environments to fine-tune your fleet

If you’re like most folks running an IoT environment, you have a mix of devices that don’t always support the same services and drivers, despite their common architecture. With balenaCloud container contracts, you can set rules that prevent devices from getting upgrades that make them fail -- and

Monitor air quality around your home with Home Assistant and balena

This guide illustrates how to run Home Assistant using balena on a Raspberry Pi to create a beautiful dashboard accessible from anywhere in the world. In the case of this project, you can gather data from multiple environmental sensors, including air quality. We’ll utilize another project we introduced last

Add new functionality to affordable CNC machines using CNC.js and balena

Here’s a simple way to add premium CNC machine features to low-cost options using CNC.js and balenaOS. Now you can outfit your shop with incredible maker tools without breaking the bank. Fundamentally, I’m a maker at heart. I’ve been making things for years, but it’s

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

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

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