Category: Internet of Things

HardwareInternet of Things

Microsoft IoT Grove Kit for Raspberry Pi

MSIoTGroveKitBoxThe IoT hardware landscape is ever changing from the new Raspberry Pi 3 to various Arduino boards. One thing Raspberry Pi has offered that Arduino hasn’t been capable of is to run Windows IoT Core. Now, the add-on device market for Raspberry Pi with Windows IoT Core has remained somewhat limited, as Windows IoT Core is still fairly new. This has meant wiring up servos, sensors and other things has been difficult for the average developer. With the introduction of the new Microsoft IoT Grove Kit you can now easily plugin servos, sensors, etc. with a single plug that really stream lines the prototyping process! Read More

Internet of Things

MkeAzure Slides: Getting Started with IoT using Azure, Windows IoT and Raspberry Pi

On Aug 17, 2016 I gave a “Getting Started with IoT” talk at the Milwaukee Azure group. In my talk I covered the basics of IoT Messaging Architecture and Azure IoT Suite (specifically IoT Hub and Stream Analytics), along with other Azure services such as Service Bus Queus, DocumentDB, and Azure Functions. No, IoT solution is complete with out an actual hardware device, so I showed what’s necessary to get started with Windows IoT development on a Raspberry Pi 2/3 along with an Adafruit BME280 Temp/Humidity/Pressure sensor and an LED wired up to the device. Read More

Internet of Things

Fix Windows IoT Core Raspberry Pi Upside-down Display

Raspberry_Pi_Logo.svgOne of the many new changes with the release of the Windows IoT Core Anniversary Update was the addition of support for the official Raspberry Pi 7″ Touchscreen Display. Support was in the Insider Preview, but now it’s in the official release. However, if you attempt to change Display Orientation from the Windows IoT Core device portal it won’t change. Thankfully I figure out a workaround to get it working and rotate the LCD display orientation! Read More

Internet of Things

Windows IoT Core Anniversary Update and Raspberry Pi 3

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is a pretty big update for Windows Desktop, and it’s not any different for Windows IoT Core! It’s been an entire year since the initial release of Windows IoT Core and it’s definitely due for a major update. There are a bunch of really great features including improved performance and official support for the Raspberry Pi 3. There is also the addition of the Windows IoT Remote Client app for desktop or phone. Read More

Internet of Things

Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT Starter Kits and Platforms

Having trouble choosing what Arduino or Raspberry Pi hardware to use for getting started building Internet of Things (IoT) devices? There’s a lot of choices to navigate, and not all boards have integrated Wifi or Ethernet either. To help with this process, Microsoft has a few “Azure Certified for IoT” Starter Kits.  These kits provide the perfect platform to get started! Read More

Azure WeeklyInternet of Things

Azure Weekly: July 25, 2016

Are you having difficulty keeping up to date on all the frequent changes and updates in the Microsoft Azure space? Then the Build Azure Weekly has the solution you’re looking for. Build Azure Weekly is a weekly blog post that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

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Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:

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InfrastructureInternet of Things

Azure IoT Hub Now Generally Available

On Feb 3, 2016, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Azure IoT Hub is now Generally Available (GA). Azure IoT Hub service is available stand-alone or as one of the services within the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. With GA comes support for the 99.9% SLA that wasn’t available in Preview; including new General Availability pricing that will go into effect on April 1, 2016.

Azure IoT Hub offers a fully managed IaaS solution for enabling bidrectional communications between the Azure Cloud and IoT Devices (like Raspberry Pi 2 and others). Microsoft Azure IoT Hub offers a few built-in features such as Security, Scalability and Reliability; while implementing standard protocols like HTTP and AMQP 1.0, AMQP over WebSockets, and MQTT.

For more information, please visit the “What is Azure IoT Hub?” post.