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Hands-On Internet of Things with Blynk

By : Pradeeka Seneviratne
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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)

Preface

Blynk is referred to as the most user-friendly IoT platform, providing a way to build mobile applications in minutes. With Blynk's drag and drop mobile app builder, anyone can build amazing IoT applications with minimal resources and effort. Blynk supports over 400 hardware platforms and major connectivity types. The hardware could be prototyping platforms, such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi, to industrial-grade ESP8266, Intel, Sierra Wireless, Particle, and Texas Instruments offerings.

This book uses Raspberry Pi as the main hardware platform and C++ for writing code to build projects.

The first part of this book offers how to set up the development environment with Raspberry Pi, Raspbian Stretch LITE, and various software components. Then, the reader will build the first IoT application with Blynk.

The middle part of the book presents how to use and configure various widgets (control, display, and notify) with Blynk app builder to build applications.

The latter part of the book will introduce how to connect with and use built-in sensors on mobile devices such as Android and iOS. After this, the reader will learn how to set up a personal Blynk server on Raspberry Pi. Finally, the reader will learn how to build a robot vehicle that can be controlled with a Blynk app through the Blynk cloud service.