What is DiY?
Do it Yourself, also known as DiY, is a form of innovation that involves tinkering, building, repairing, or creating something without the direct aid of professionals. Doing it yourself can be applied to industries of all types, including the Internet of Things (IoT), otherwise known as DiY IoT.
What is DiY IoT?
In the modern economy almost every product imaginable can be built. The question becomes should it be built?
Do it Yourself Internet of Things (DiY IoT) innovation has transformed and continues to transform the Internet of Things.
Even dating back to one of the first IoT applications, the connected vending machine, where DiY IoT was used to create a prototype. DiY thinking, or viewing the world through a different lens, is crucial for the success of DiY Internet of Things projects.
Being able to see the world in problem solving and creative way is how a lot of DiY IoT applications, products, or services begin.
When you combine the Do it Yourself mindset with the Internet of Things, you get technological innovations and advancements never seen before. Because the Internet of Things is a rapidly growing industry , the chance to create something new that has never been seen before is high.
Developing creative ways at home to produce Internet-connected devices has never been more accessible either. The prices for the hardware needed to tinker with your own IoT ideas continues to drop. In addition, there are a few companies who are starting to offer DiY IoT starter kits.
Below are some great examples of DIY IoT applications, ideas, and information.
Getting Started with DIY IoT
The Raspberry Pi device and starter kit is a great option for anyone looking to learn more through doing it yourself. The mini computer has endless possibilities for those wanting to tinker with technology and create connected devices.
Below are a few of the key benefits of Raspberry Pi:
- Great for beginners and experts alike to explore Internet of Things projects or just surf the web.
- Small and affordable mini computer used to perform programmed functions.
- Starter kit comes with Micro SD Card including a Raspberry Pi 3 compatible version of the NOOBS Software (great for first-time users).
- Simply Connect Your Pi to a screen and you are ready to go.
- Starter kit comes with sleek black computer housing case.
- Raspberry Pi has released their own starter kit.
The Arduino is another great option for starting DiY IoT starter projects. This mini, open-source prototyping platform enables people to create custom electionic an Internet of Things projects.
- Another very small prototyping platform.
- Arduino kits can be used to explore ideas for connecting objects to the Internet.
- Learn a basic understanding of electronic components such as transistors and diodes by doing the sample circuits described in the manual.
- Arduino is based on C/C++ programming language.
- Example projects: Security access RFID reader, robotic cars, automatic pet feeders, and more. Explore the Arduino Projects Hub.
3D printers can be used along side of the Raspberry Pi and Arduino to create custom cases, prototypes, and DiY products.
- Allows you to create custom hardware and designs for your own IoT application projects.
- Can use 3D printers in conjunction with Raspberry Pi and Arduino to create custom solutions and designs.
- Customizable designs.
- Great solution for prototyping different ideas.
Learn More About DiY IoT
The videos below show DiY IoT in action. The first video shows you how to create automated blinds. The contraption allows you to open and close the blinds from your smartphone, which can be anywhere in the world.
In this next video, we see how to setup Raspberry Pi in a way that solves an everyday problem. Using the Raspberry Pi and sensors allows this team to know exactly when the restroom is being used and when it is avaialbe for use.
As you can see, there are a lot of real world DiY IoT solutions just waiting to be solved.
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