The Internet is considered by many to have been one of the greatest technological advances of the 20th century. Here in the 21st century the Internet of Things (IoT) might well earn that title.

Currently in its infancy, the Internet of Things is a network of physical objects – computing devices, appliances, vehicles, sensors and even entire buildings that are interconnected through the Internet. Already devices like IP cameras and Nest thermostats allow us to control and monitor our homes remotely through our smartphones. Soon this technology will be combined with other technological advances such as self-driving cars and biometric clothing to allow capabilities that we can’t even dream of right now.

There are many ways that you can get started experimenting with the internet of things right now. Small microcomputers and microcontrollers like the Arduino and Raspberry Pi or dedicated IoT devices like the Intel Spark and Photon will allow you to build and design Internet of Things devices quickly and efficiently. Once you’re done you can use applications like If This Then That (IFTTT) to control your creations from anywhere in the world.

Control the world or water your plants – let’s get started and build some great devices for The Internet of Things!


WiFi Stepper Motor Controller

The WiFi Stepper is exactly what its name would imply - a board that lets you control a stepper motor via WiFi. Its full-featured web-based interface gives you complete control of your motor, and it can support steppers of all sizes up to 85 volts at 10 amps!

Today I'll demonstrate how to use this versatile board. I'll hook it up, learn how to use it and even run a simple Bash script on a Raspberry Pi to demonstrate how to incorporate it in your programs.

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So Exactly What is the Internet of Things?

The "Internet of Things" or "IoT" is one of those buzzwords that you hear more and more of these days. But like the term “working in the cloud” it's something that not everyone completely understands.

In this article I'll introduce you to the Internet of Things. I will examine what it is, what it means to your future and how you can get involved by building really cool devices to take advantage of it now. So follow me on your Guide to the Internet of Things.

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