Everyone is smothered by news about IoT, “How Cool it is!” “It is going to change the world” “IoT is the way to the future”.
People often ask me what is possible with the power of the raspberry pi. I’m have a tendency to buy numerous microcontrollers / cheap standalone controllers, just to see how they work and if they could prove more useful to me than the raspberry pi. The release of the Pi Zero for $5 pretty much put the nail in the coffin when it comes to IoT ( Internet of Things ) work for prototyping.
IoT or Internet of Things has been talked about a lot. We have been promised smart cars, home devices that talk to each other, warm our food in the microwave from miles away and fly in IOT-smart helicopters (Well not the helicopter bit but since we are imagining innovation, its allowed to let minds fly high). Cisco IBSG stated that there would be 25 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2015 and 50 billion by 2020. Billions of devices!! More than the number of humans that exist.
The start of learning / starting something new usually has a rocky start. There is a lot to learn when creating an entertaining and informative product. After my first week of streaming I have documented and put together a list of things to work on. Some things I need to work on:
- Have a better idea of what to accomplish during the stream / be able to explain it
- Stop over engineering things ( Start Small then expand after a strong base project )
- Do research prior to prove proof of concepts
2016 brings an interesting time, goals set high, I have always wanted to have a consistent prototyping cycle with more pinpoint accuracy on estimating projects. On a weekly basis I am coding on numerous occasions but never document it. This year I am planning on changing that by live streaming the majority of my coding ( Unfortunately I can’t document my corporate work or the majority of my consulting work due to NDAs ).