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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)

Setting Up a Personal Blynk Server

This chapter shows you how to install and configure a personal Blynk server on Raspberry Pi.

With this architecture, you can directly connect your hardware (that is, your Raspberry Pi) to the machine running the Blynk server through a network (whether an intranet or the internet) without using a third-party Blynk cloud.

In this chapter, you will learn about the following:

  • Installing Java on Raspberry Pi
  • Installing a Blynk personal server on Raspberry Pi
  • Configuring the server
  • Creating a Blynk app to connect with a personal Blynk server

You can run the Blynk personal server on Windows and Mac operating systems. The installation instructions can be found at