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. Introduction balenaDash is a Raspberry Pi powered digital photo/web frame with a difference! It can display a fully GPU accelerated web page or app of

The Evolution of the Beast Continues

TLDR: the Beast is a single board computer cluster designed as a testing and demo rig for We built Beast v1, with 120 Raspberry Pis, back in 2014 and started working on the next iteration, Beast v2, with 144 Raspberry Pis, about a year later. Now we're designing

The making of Boombeastic: a Raspberry Pi-based connected speaker

A high-quality, stand-alone, fast-prototyped, connected speaker Preface On a June hack Friday I decided to prototype a Raspberry Pi based speaker that could become a hack-friendly platform for the community. I was also interested in experimenting with a fast-prototyping approach involving My goals for the project were to:

Good, Better, Beast! #9

For all of you out there, following the development of Beast 2.0, I'd like to apologize for not having updates for a loooooong time (check out the last one) . It's not that there's nothing to say, rather the opposite, there's too much going on, and getting ahead with the

Good, Better, Beast - #8

Sharing is Caring After quite a long development process, the design of the Beast 2.0 system is finally worthy of a release. We’re looking to manufacture upwards of 100 units. At the same time, we are reflecting on the nature of truly open-source hardware (OSHW) design and looking