How to keep your device up and running during power outages

Deploying an Internet-of-Things (IoT) project to production can involve various complex and unexpected problems, such as firmware updates, system reliability and many more. By using balenaCloud to deploy and manage your fleet, most of these headaches can be avoided. However, if your device loses power, there is very little we

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

Have you ever been interested in monitoring the air quality in your home or outside where you live and work? This project, which we’ve dubbed balenaSense, will get you up and running with a setup to take readings of temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and air quality, and provide a

Add a display to your Pi-hole for monitoring and stats

Recently, we posted a full tutorial telling you how to set up Pi-hole for network-wide ad-blocking on your entire network. Today we’re going to expand on that a little by showing you how to add a display to your setup for monitoring and statistics using PADD. What you'll need

The balenaFin v1.1 available to order, featuring dual camera support, PoE, and more!

Today is an exciting day for the balena team as we officially release the balenaFin, our carrier board designed for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 & 3+! The announcement coincides with the launch of the v1.1 revision, featuring many improvements to the original v1.0 board we and

Automate the backlight timer on your balenaDash display

We've just updated balenaDash with functionality to enable you to automatically turn the backlight on and off using cron scheduling. Here's how to use it. A lot of you have been building balenaDash displays since we posted our tutorial a few months ago, and one of the most requested features

Create a GPS tracking system with cell connectivity and minimal bandwidth

In this tutorial, we're going to build a GPS tracking system using a balenaFin board, balenaCloud and a Hologram SIM card. This post outlines the steps to create a GPS tracking system, a useful project in its own right, but also a great way to experience a few features rolling

Build festive lighting for the holidays with balena

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 matrix and driving it with a Raspberry Pi, Fadecandy board and Glediator software. For the longest time I’

State of the EtcherPro

Earlier in 2018 we first described our plans for a professional SD duplicator and flashing device named EtcherPro. We’ve made a lot more progress since then, but we’ve also taken a lot more time than we first thought, so here’s what we’ve been up to. EtcherPro

Assembling the official Raspberry Pi touchscreen

This is a guide to cover connecting and configuring the official Raspberry Pi 7" touchscreen, along with rotating the LCD output in balenaCloud There are a few connections to make from the display controller board to the Raspberry Pi. This includes the flat/ribbon cable for the video signal, and

Make a web frame with Raspberry Pi in 30 minutes

Try balenaDash, a simple project to quickly get you up and running with a web frame to display family photos, dashboards, videos, and more. Contents Introduction Hardware required Software required Setup of the Raspberry Pi Assembling the display and case Deploying code Displaying your own content Give it a try