Jim Bennett

Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft, Xamarin Certified Developer, author of Xamarin In Action, blogger, speaker, father and lover of beer, whisky and Thai food. Opinions are my own.

  Redmond, WA, USA

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A bird box in a tree with a micro bit visible through the entrance hole

Ever wanted to track things happening in your garden, neighborhood or school using smart garden ornaments? Now you can using BBC micro:bits and a cloud-based IoT service.

TL;DR: check out this project on GitHub for a weeks worth of fun to do with families, friends or in the classroom using a Raspberry Pi, microbits and an IoT service.

github.com/jimbobbennett/smart-garden-ornaments

At Microsoft, we are celebrating July as out IoT month - after all who wouldn't want to make use of the pun JulyOT! As part of this month, I created a fun project for schools, families and makers.

This is a fun week long project for those who want to take their first steps into the world of the Internet of Things (IoT) using devices that are popular with kids, and tools that make programming accessible to young developers. You'll use a Raspberry Pi along with some BBC micro:bits and any garden ornaments you have to hand to build a smart neighborhood, gathering data such as temperature and noise levels and displaying it in the cloud using Azure IoT Central.

A dashboard showing soil moisture, temperature, light and location data

This is great for families, groups of friends, or even in the classroom - gathering data around your home, neighborhood or school.

Check out the project on GitHub! It's broken down into 5 days of activities, from setting up the cloud service, to gathering data from micro:bits, to creating a mesh network to extend the range, to adding more sensors.

github.com/jimbobbennett/smart-garden-ornaments

I'd love you to contrbitute to this project! Please send in your stories of what you have set up, any additional ideas for ways to extend the project, or any other sensors you've set up!

Happy making!




About the Author

Jim Bennett
Jim Bennett

Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft, Xamarin Certified Developer, blogger, author of Xamarin in Action, speaker, father and lover of beer, whisky and Thai food. Opinions are mine

 
A bird box in a tree with a micro bit visible through the entrance hole

Ever wanted to track things happening in your garden, neighborhood or school using smart garden ornaments? Now you can using BBC micro:bits and a cloud-based IoT service.

TL;DR: check out this project on GitHub for a weeks worth of fun to do with families, friends or in the classroom using a Raspberry Pi, microbits and an IoT service.

github.com/jimbobbennett/smart-garden-ornaments

At Microsoft, we are celebrating July as out IoT month - after all who wouldn't want to make use of the pun JulyOT! As part of this month, I created a fun project for schools, families and makers.

This is a fun week long project for those who want to take their first steps into the world of the Internet of Things (IoT) using devices that are popular with kids, and tools that make programming accessible to young developers. You'll use a Raspberry Pi along with some BBC micro:bits and any garden ornaments you have to hand to build a smart neighborhood, gathering data such as temperature and noise levels and displaying it in the cloud using Azure IoT Central.

A dashboard showing soil moisture, temperature, light and location data

This is great for families, groups of friends, or even in the classroom - gathering data around your home, neighborhood or school.

Check out the project on GitHub! It's broken down into 5 days of activities, from setting up the cloud service, to gathering data from micro:bits, to creating a mesh network to extend the range, to adding more sensors.

github.com/jimbobbennett/smart-garden-ornaments

I'd love you to contrbitute to this project! Please send in your stories of what you have set up, any additional ideas for ways to extend the project, or any other sensors you've set up!

Happy making!