Open Sesame: Control a Garage Door with Twilio Studio, Sync and a WiFi Module

Communication between the worlds of humans and machines doesn’t need to be apocalyptically hard or prohibitively expensive. In this project, we are going to build a voice call operated garage door opener with an ESP8266 dev board and a relay. In order to stitch all the parts together, we will use our visual workflow builder Studio and Sync for IoT. We use Twilio Sync for IoT and Studio… Read More

Agricultural Monitoring with Twilio Programmable Wireless and Helium

The Internet of Things certainly has potential – and for some applications it’s even currently performing. Smart farming is one of those fields (pun intended), where always-connected sensors can do better at crop monitoring than any human ever could. Watching moisture levels and other soil metrics is a perfect assignment for low-powered microcontrollers scattered throughout amber waves of grain. Building a Smart Farm with Arduino, Twilio and… Read More

Blink an ESP8266 LED in Real-Time using Twilio’s Sync for IoT

The Internet of Things and Twilio: An Amazing Match

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got an entire desk drawer full of hardware dev boards and sensors waiting patiently for a project. (Okay, fine, a garage storage rack.) That’s why I was so excited when we announced we’re bringing Twilio’s Sync to IoT devices. Sync is Twilio’s real-time state synchronization product, allowing you to persist, update, and check variable state from anywhere the internet is… Read More

JS 💖 Hardware – Getting started with Nodebots and Johnny-Five

Getting started with hardware hacking can be quite intimidating for some folks. The world of electronics is completely foreign for most developers; additionally, it requires you to write C/C which is efficient but not everyone feels comfortable with. However, the Nodebots movement is a nice way to get started with hardware development using JavaScript. In this article, I want to guide you through some very basic things… Read More

Getting Started with Twilio Programmable Wireless on the LinkIt ONE

At SIGNAL we launched Twilio Programmable Wireless which allows you to add cellular data to your IoT projects using a Twilio SIM card. The LinkIt ONE dev board in the SIGNAL hackpack is a perfect place to try out these new capabilities. In the next 5 minutes you’ll learn how to use the cellular functionality of this device using your Twilio SIM card. What You’ll Need Before we get to… Read More

Getting Started with Arduino on the LinkIt ONE

Arduino is an amazing platform for building interactive hardware projects. In the next ten minutes we’ll get our first program running on the SeeedStudio LinkIt ONE development board. If you’re coming to SIGNAL (you are coming to SIGNAL right? – use promo code BSCHOOLEY20 for 20% off your ticket) you’ll be receiving a LinkIt ONE in the Hackpack we’re giving to every attendee. Stop by the… Read More

Here’s What An Arduino and Twilio Powered Telegraph Looks Like

I hate voicemail. That’s why I text my friends. Sorry, I should elaborate. I mean I text a Twilio number that interfaces with Arduino to translate my text message into morse code which is then tapped out by an old telegraph. Is my means of communication uncommon? Yes. Is it pretty rad? Yes. Am I abusing sarcastic rhetorical questions? Most definitely. Noam Zomerfeld, a design student… Read More

Light Up Your Hackpack With the Adafruit NeoMatrix Library

Signal is almost upon us. That means that in just a few days we’ll be handing out hackpacks to every attendee of the conference. The hackpack contains a littleBits-powered Adafruit NeoPixel 8×8 LED Panel that can be programmed to display whatever you can fit onto its display. If you haven’t already read it, check out our recent post detailing what hardware is in the hackpack and… Read More