e14: Laser Doorbell in the Cloud!

Sometimes the notion of the Internet of Things (IoT) strikes me as silly; why would anyone want to connect their dishwasher to the internet? But still, I wanted to develop a hobby project that would explore some of the tech.

I came across Xively, a service that can take data from a Raspberry Pi and publish it to the cloud.  What’s really nice is that it takes care of the networking, security, and dataflow management. Compare this to the Dog Kennel Project that I made when I got my Pi, and it is much simpler.

I wrote up the design and released full documentation at element14.com so if you want to build one you can pick up where I left off. But it is pretty great so far!


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