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    In the comments below: Let Us Know Your IoT Projects that Make use of a wireless technology and a cloud provider!

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    The theme this month is IoT: In the Cloud and the idea comes from tonydbeck  is challenge allows you to build any  projects that make use of a wireless technology and a cloud provider (AWS, Google Cloud, io.adafruit, Dweet, Blynk, Cayenne - My Devices, Particle, etc).  Projects could include cloud connected home security system, Environmental monitoring (Temp, humidity, air quality etc), Industrial data logger with online data logging, baggage tracker utilising GPS and Sigfox network, Smart garage door opener, Energy monitoring, and more.  It also coincides with Arduino Day,  last year we celebrated Arduino Day with Open Arduino , an open ended Arduino  competition.  This year, Arduino Day is on March 16th, so  we are dedicating this project theme to Arduino Day by including an Arduino IoT Grand Prize kit and Arduino IoT kits for the first place finishers.  If you are just getting started with IoT projects, we encourage you to check out Arduino Projects for Arduino Day 2019: Arduino MKR Projects in the Cloud! where you'll find an overview of how to get started with an Arduino IoT project using the Arduino IoT Cloud, currently in beta.  Currently it supports an the Arduino MKR 1000 board, the MKR 1010 board, and the Arduino GSM 1400 board.  In the future you will also be able to connect to the Arduino Cloud service using the Arduino MKR Vidor 1400 boards, as well as, the always popular Arduino Uno.


    You're free to use whatever hardware or cloud service platform you choosing.  Some more examples of IoT projects you can create include automatic pet feeders, mini-lifts, smart thermostats, robots, soil moisture level monitors, and solar power meters. IoT, is short for the Internet of Things, and refers to the ability to connect physical devices to the internet. In the past, Wifi modules such as Xbee, because of cost and degree of difficulty, were a barrier for many people wanting to do IoT projects.  Then came the ESP8266, which is a really popular choice for IoT projects. You could for example use an ESP8266 with IFTTT service to open up a world of possibilities for your IoT project. In his Home Automation Mojo You Must Know Part 2: Notification blog post sjmill01 goes over what this is.  You may recall he used this with Long Shower = Candle Power as you can see from the following video:


    The IOT Wind Chimes by fmilburn uses an inexpensive ESP-8266.  He provides some really good resources for learning in his post to get started using an IFTTT service with  unleashed the power of IFTT with his Upcycle It Grand Prize winning Upcycled Clock and recently used .  The ESP8266 is a real game-changer, using simple modules and a device,  you can easily re-purpose your existing project to an IoT project. You can get constant updates and alerts from sensors in your project and activate devices from a remote location.  There also great for Home Automation projects. Creating IoT projects means you'll need some sort of connectivity component or module, that will allow you to monitor and control your device from a remote location.In some cases, you'll use local connections, in order to connect to another device, and through that device, you establish a connection to the internet. These components into two main groups:


    • Internet-enabled microcontrollers
    • Dedicated connectivity modules:


    Other popular IoT modules include NodeMCU, ESP8266-1, Raspberry Pi, Photon, the Arduino MKR line offers exciting IoT possibilities that are just being tapped, and of course there are a lot of examples of really cool IoT projects that you can do using an Arduino Uno or Nano.



    Visit our IoT essentials series to explore further possibilities for your IoT cloud projects:



    Your Monthly Theme


    The Monthly Theme You Voted For: IoT in the Cloud
    Smart Clock over Cloud The IOT Wind Chimes


    Your Chance to Win


    Be Original
    Stick to the Theme
    • You could come up with a clever name that make's your project memorable!
      • This project is your baby! Part of the fun of bringing something new into the world is coming up with a name.
    • Your project could introduce something new or that is not commercially available or affordable!
    • If you have an idea for a project that doesn't fit the current theme then submit your idea in the comments section of the monthly poll.
    List the Steps
    Submit Video Proof
    • Provide the steps you took to complete your project (text, video, or images).
      • This could be a step by step how-to-guide, vlog, schematics, coding, napkin drawings, voice narration, or whatever you think will be useful!
    • If it doesn't work that's fine, this is more about the journey than the end product.
    • A short video is all that is required but you can shoot as much video as you like.
    • You are encouraged to be creative and have as much fun as possible!


    One Grand Prize Winner:  Arduino MKR WAN 1300 (LoRa Connectivity) IoT Bundle


    Grand Prize: An Arduino MKR 1300 Kit and Compatible LoRa Gateway                                                   

    (2) Arduino MKR WAN 1300 Board + (1) Arduino MKR Relay Proto Shield

    A Compatible LoRa Gateway *

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    3 First Place Winners:  Arduino IoT First Place Winners


    Arduino MKR GSM 1400 + MKR CAN Shield + MKR RS485 Shield + MKR ETH Shield
    A $100 Shopping Cart!

    Arduino MKR GSM 1400 + MKR CAN Shield +  MKR RS 485 Shield +  MKR ETH Shield

    Plus A $100 Shopping Cart to Spend on Your Next IoT Project!

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    * Arduino Pro LoRa Gateway, 8 x LoRaWAN Channels, 868MHz, IoT Development (Outside of the US) / -  Network Gateway, The Things Network, LoRaWAN, IoT Development, US Only (915MHz)


    Your Project Examples



    IoT in the Cloud
    Long Shower = Candle Power Raspberry Pi Connected Picture Frame


    Your Project, Your Ideas!



    About Project14

    Every month you'll have a new poll where you'll get to decide an upcoming project competition, based on your interests, that will take place a couple of months in advance. Themes are broad in scope so that everyone can participate regardless of skill set.


    What are Monthly Themes?

    • Every month (around the 14th of each month) a new theme will be posted on Project14.
    • Submit your ideas (proposals) for your projects to get feedback from the rest of the community.
    • Submit a project entry in the Theme space once you start working on it.


    What are Monthly Theme Polls?

    • Every month (around the 14th of each month) there is a project theme poll.
    • Vote on which project competition you want to see for the following upcoming theme.
      • The themes voted on during the previous poll decided the upcoming theme.
      • If you submit an idea for a theme that is not used then it can still be used in a future poll.
    • Themes comments and ideas from the comments section of the project theme poll.

    Step 1: Log in or register on element14, it's easy and free.

    Step 2: Post in the comments section below to begin a discussion on your idea. Videos, pictures and text are all welcomed forms of submission.

    Step 3: Submit a blog post of your progress on your project by the end of the month.  You are free to submit as many blog entries as you like until the beginning of the next theme.


    Be sure to include video proof of your project!


    Visit: IoT: In the Cloud  or tag your project blog IoTCloudCH



    You have until May 14th End of Day to submit your completed project!


    A jury consisting of your peers will judge project submissions!

    In the comments below: Let Us Know Your IoT Projects that Make use of a wireless technology and a cloud provider!