Your First IoT Device

Developing an IoT device can seem like a daunting task, especially if it’s your first time doing so. Last week, as a Platinum Sponsor of the Arizona Technology Council, we held a Lunch and Learn discussion all about developing and maintaining your first IoT device.

Lessons From Creating The Solarable

Using the Solarable as an example, Rare Labs Chief Architect, Gary Bennett, explained the step-by-step process of creating an IoT device. From determining your hardware and sensors, to security issues, to update options, Gary gave his suggestions based on his experience in creating the Solarable device.

7 Useful Resources & Tools

Along with the story of how the Solarable was created, Gary compiled a list of 7 useful resources and tools for first-time IoT developers.

  • Sparkfun and Adafruit are useful for IoT items, kits, and “getting started” videos
  • Digi-Key Electronics is useful for IoT items and parts
  • Lulzbot, the 3D printer, is useful for rapid prototyping
  • Thingiverse is useful for finding 3D printer files and web-based software
  • Fritzing is useful for breadboards, schematics, and PCB prototyping
  • Solidworks is useful for modeling, part fitting, and production

IT Managed Services

After creating your first IoT device, Day 2 can be a scary time. An IT managed services company such as Valor Global can help to mitigate this fear. These service companies help to expand and augment your existing IT staff, allow your team to focus on strategic initiatives, and provide the valuable Day 2, ongoing support that often goes overlooked.


Please feel free to download the full PDF presentation here: IoT Lunch and Learn

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