Build an “LED Alerter” for your remote work office setup

With many people now working from home due to recent events, it would be useful to have a device that alerts household members when we are on a call, in a meeting, or are otherwise preoccupied. In this tutorial we will build a web-controlled set of LEDs that you can

Build your own multi-room audio system with Bluetooth, Airplay, and Spotify using Raspberry Pis

Turn your spare Raspberry Pis and speakers into a fleet of synchronized multi-room audio players. You can start from scratch or upgrade an existing balenaSound device to add the multi-room functionality for free! Contents Before you start Introduction Hardware required Software required Tutorial Step 1: Provision your devices Step 2:

Control your devices from a web browser using Bluetooth

Here’s how to use the Web Bluetooth API and balena to control Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices remotely from a browser. This guide shows you how to build a simple LED setup that you can switch on and off from a web browser. We’ll also dive into how

Two projects, one device: turn your Raspberry Pi into a multitool!

Built one of our projects, and want to expand upon it? Perhaps you want to build a second one, but lack the hardware? Fear not! One of the great benefits of balenaCloud is that you can combine different projects and run everything on one device. In this short guide, we’

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

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

Last updated: 10th March 2020 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, Airplay and Spotify Connect and optional multi-room capability to an old Hi-Fi, speakers, or any

It's a sign: build a remote controlled digital display with Screenly OSE and Raspberry Pi

Try this project to get up and running with a display you can control remotely to display photos, videos, dashboards, web pages, and digital signage. This tutorial was put together by the friendly folks at Screenly. They've recently updated their open-source digital signage software project to work seamlessly with the

Build an air quality monitor with InfluxDB, Grafana, and Docker on a Raspberry Pi

Updated 9th January 2020 - You can now add multiple projects to the same device. Try combining balenaSense with another project -- oh the possibilities! Updated 3rd January 2020 - Now includes MQTT support Have you ever been interested in monitoring the air quality in your home or outside where

Deploy network-wide ad-blocking with Pi-hole and a Raspberry Pi

If you’ve ever been frustrated with intrusive and distracting internet advertising, malware and other malicious spyware and tracking software online, and wondered if there was a solution to stop it, this is the project for you. We’re going to set up a Raspberry Pi running Pi-hole to block

Build festive lighting for the holidays with balena

Update: We published a revised and simplified version of this guide (with extra features!) for December 2019 here. Interested in building an LED lighting project with Raspberry Pi? We’ve got you covered! In this post we’re going to take a look at setting up a custom RGB LED