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

Run a mixed-architecture app using 64-bit balenaOS on the Raspberry Pi 4

Ever wished it was possible to run both 32-bit and 64-bit containers on your Raspberry Pi 4 simultaneously? Well thanks to the 64-bit version of balenaOS, it is! This tutorial will show you how to build a basic weather chart, displaying the current temperature and humidity of your chosen city,

Build a Raspberry Pi powered live train station sign for your desk

Build your own UK train station platform departure display (next train indicator) with live data using a Raspberry Pi Zero, OLED display and 3D printed case - a cool (and practical!) desktop gadget. It involves a bit of software, a bit of soldering, and some 3D printing too. Contents Introduction

Build a smart photo slideshow with balenaCloud

When we started the balenaDash project, the main goal was to make it easy and straightforward to deploy IoT devices that display information on a screen. The project has been constantly developed, with new features such as automate the backlight timer, how to setup a dashboard or even displaying google

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