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Internet of Things

Azure IoT DevKit: Upgrade Firmware – MXChip, AZ3166

The Microsoft Azure IoT Developer Kit (AZ3166) board is built for prototyping Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and getting started quickly and easily. As part of this ease of use, the firmware flashing process for the device is extremely simple to do as well. You don’t need any special device drivers, special hardware or anything. If you can connect it to your computer over USB, then you can upgrade the firmware of the AZ3166 board.

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Azure IoT DevKit: Configure Wifi Connectivity – No Wifi?

The Azure IoT Developer Kit (AZ3166) board is a great prototyping board that is easy to get started with and use. Setting up and configuring the Wifi connectivity for this board is no exception. With the built-in display and buttons, the firmware is able to take advantage of this integrated hardware to enable a really great experience. The device essentially creates a Wifi Hotspot that you can connect to with ANY device, then you access a website hosted by the device to easily configure the Wifi Network and Password for it to connect to. It really is pretty much that simple! Read More

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Order Azure IoT Developer Kit (AZ3166) on Amazon with FREE Shipping

The Azure IoT Developer Kit (AZ3166) is a really amazing little IoT (Internet of Things) prototyping board with lots of sensors, buttons, OLED display, Wifi, and other things all built in! This is the official Azure IoT Dev Kit from Microsoft, and is manufactured in partnership with MXChip. There are a few 3rd parties that have been selling these boards since the pre-orders started, however, you can now purchase the Azure IoT Developer Kit (AZ3166) on Amazon, and get FREE Shipping Read More

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Azure IoT Developer Kits (AZ3166) Have Arrived

The Azure IoT Developer Kit is an Arduino compatible Internet of Things (IoT) board with quite a few sensors, buttons, and display all built-in. The board was initially announced at the Microsoft Build 2017 conference, and is manufactured by MXChip. The first boards were made available as a very limited “Preview” at first, and then Pre-Orders could be made starting in August 2017 from a couple of different online retailers with Pre-Orders expected to start shipping September 1, 2017. However, amongst all this anticipation, there was a manufacturing delay that moved the expected shipment date to September 21, 2017. That date also came and went, but then finally on October 2, 2017 my first shipment of these boards finally arrived; basically 1 month later than the initial expected shipping date.

At first sight, the Generally Available (GA) version of the Azure IoT DevKit looks pretty much identical to the “Preview” version. Clicking on the above links will bring you to more information as to what’s on the board and what the hardware specifications are. Here’s a short summary to save you time, but I encourage you to go read those articles too. Read More

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Azure IoT Developer Kit (AZ3166) Manufacturing Delayed, Shipping pushed to Sept 21

The new Azure IoT Developer Kit is a pretty nice IoT prototyping board with tons of sensors and things built-in. On Aug 11, 2017, Microsoft, MXChip and a few distributors opened up pre-orders for the Azure IoT Developer Kit board. The pre-orders were taken and the original estimated ship data was September 1, 2017. A wait of only a couple weeks isn’t too bad, right?

Well, as it turns out September 1 came and went, and no Azure IoT Developer Kits were shipped… (At least as far as I am aware of.) Then on September 8, Seeed Studio sent out an email notifying customers who placed pre-orders. This email was to notify that there have been “abnormal issues during production”, and the shipping date is currently being postponed to September 21. Read More

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Azure IoT Developer Kit Ready for Pre-Order

Azure IoT Developer Kit

The new Microsoft Azure IoT Developer Kit board is pretty amazing! It is Arduino compatible and includes many sensors, buttons, and an OLED display all built-in. You can use this board to start prototyping Internet of Things (IoT) solutions without the need to do any wiring, soldering, or really even having much electronics knowledge. You can simply plug it into your computer, and get to coding away on your Azure IoT based solutions immediately. And, as of today, this Microsoft Azure IoT Developer Kit is available for Pre-Order, with shipments starting Sept. 1. Read More

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Azure IoT Developer Kit: Sensor Overview

The Microsoft Azure IoT Developer Kit is an Arduino compatible board built for helping with prototyping Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. The key difference with this board compared to many others available is that, unlike most, the Microsoft Azure IoT Developer Kit has a number of hardware sensors built directly on the board. This eliminates the need to have electronics knowledge and the need to do any wiring or soldering in order to get started prototyping IoT solutions. This article gives an overview of the built-in sensors on this board. Read More

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Azure IoT Developer Kit Preview Started Shipping

A couple months ago Microsoft announced the availability of the new Azure IoT Developer Kit Board. This is a board that has integrated sensors, buttons, OLED screen and a few other features. This board makes it even easier to get started developing Azure IoT based solutions without the need to solder, connect wires, or even really have any low level electronics knowledge. Recently, Microsoft started shipping out the first set of Azure IoT Developer Kit Preview version boards for application requests that were submitted over the last couple months. While it’s been stated there’s limited quantity, it’s unclear how many of these Preview version boards will be made available. Read More

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Azure IoT DevKit Preview built with Arduino and VSCode

There have been a number of Azure IoT Starter Kits available for some time now. I’ve written about the Starter Kits in the past. Some of these like the Raspberry Pi Azure IoT Starter Kit from Adafruit require you to wire up sensors and things, while the GrovePi+ is similar to a Lego Mindstorm but for prototyping Internet of Things devices. It seems that Microsoft is finally consolidating onto a specific “Azure IoT Developer Kit”, and they’ve already made early previews available upon application. This new Azure IoT “DevKit” is a single board packed with sensors, buttons, OLED screen, and more! Plus, it’s Arduino compatible! Read More