The Internet of Things is burgeoning; there’s no denying that. In fact, today, it is rumored that there are more everyday devices connected to the online world than there are humans. That’s pretty good going, considering how relatively young this type of technology is.
If you fancy getting a slice of this highly lucrative pie, then, make no mistake about it, if you have the tools, temperament, and talent to do so, you can. You can build your own IoT technology, regardless of whether you’re a professional in that particular field or not. Here’s how to set about doing it:
Determine what your exact project is
If you go into your DIY IoT project without knowing what it is exactly you want to be building; you’ll, more than likely, find yourself unable to succeed with your build. This is because you’ll begin focusing your attention on a certain piece of IoT tech, and you’ll then find yourself switching up your focus and trying to build something completely different — because the IoT umbrella is so vast this will, undoubtedly, see you fail somewhere along the line.
Right at the beginning of your project, you need to decide whether you will be building a magic mirror, a smart home lightbulb, a connectable kitchen appliance, or anything else that falls into the bracket of being IoT tech.
Get the right tools
You’re going to need a number of tools at your disposal if you want to succeed when it comes to IoT technology creation.
One technological tool you should source is a PCB design system. When it comes to choosing which tool to use specifically, with this specific job in mind, you have to choose one that will allow you to unify your schematic workflow. This is because, when it comes to IoT, nothing can be out of place, least of all the currents that run through electronic circuits. Eagle PCB is one option, but if you’d much prefer to pay for a perpetual license (which will provide you ownership of the software for the entire life of the product) then CircuitStudio is a better option.
Something else that you will need is a multi-project kit. This is a set of electronic tools, including RFID boards and LED lights, that will help you to get to work covering all the pivotal aspects of IoT creation. One thing that such a toolkit will allow you to do is to get working on voice recognition.
Strengthen your Wi-Fi
This might sound obvious but you have to take your Wi-Fi speed into consideration whenever you attempt to build a piece of IoT tech. Quite simply, if your Wi-Fi connection isn’t as strong as possible, you have absolutely no chance of success. With such a project, you should be working with an Internet speed absolutely no lower than 3MB/s — ideally, your speed should be 4MB/s.
If building IoT technology sounds like a fun and worthwhile project for you to undertake, then go ahead and do it. When you do, just make sure to remember all the advice that you’ve come across above.