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Hands-On Internet of Things with Blynk

By : Pradeeka Seneviratne
Book Image

Hands-On Internet of Things with Blynk

By: Pradeeka Seneviratne

Overview of this book

Blynk, known as the most user-friendly IoT platform, provides a way to build mobile applications in minutes. With the Blynk drag-n-drop mobile app builder, anyone can build amazing IoT applications with minimal resources and effort, on hardware ranging from prototyping platforms such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi 3 to industrial-grade ESP8266, Intel, Sierra Wireless, Particle, Texas Instruments, and a few others. This book uses Raspberry Pi as the main hardware platform and C/C++ to write sketches to build projects. The first part of this book shows how to set up a development environment with various hardware combinations and required software. Then you will build your first IoT application with Blynk using various hardware combinations and connectivity types such as Ethernet and Wi-Fi. Then you'll use and configure various widgets (control, display, notification, interface, time input, and some advanced widgets) with Blynk App Builder to build applications. Towards the end, you will learn how to connect with and use built-in sensors on Android and iOS mobile devices. Finally you will learn how to build a robot that can be controlled with a Blynk app through the Blynk cloud and personal server. By the end of this book, you will have hands-on experience building IoT applications using Blynk.
Table of Contents (10 chapters)

Using Notification Widgets

Notification widgets are another subset of widgets that can be used to send notifications from your Raspberry Pi hardware. Some notification widgets can be integrated with third-party services such as Twitter and Blynk cloud. You can schedule your Raspberry Pi to send notifications to your smartphone (or tablet) or you can send them on a user action (if a button is pressed or depending on a threshold value).

In this chapter, you will learn:

  • How to use the Twitter widget to send tweets from your Raspberry Pi with your Twitter account
  • How to use the notification widget to send pop-up notifications to a smartphone or tablet
  • How to use the Email widget to send emails through the Blynk cloud (