DIY IoT project kits for engineering students

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DIY IoT Project Kits for Engineering Students

Summary:

Internet of Things is a new “thing” in the technological field. Technology is ever-evolving and to bind everything together is what the Internet of Things abide by. The extensive use of sensors and wireless connectivity in the devices has increased exponentially and will be ever-increasing. This increase in the use of these devices excites the technological geeks and even the hobbyists to explore their horizons and come up with new devices every day. Connecting everything to everything seems like a good idea.

Here are some of the best DIY IoT project kits:

  1. Home Automation using IoT
  2. Smart Irrigation system using IoT
  3. Surveillance Camera using IoT
  4. Smart Building using IoT
  5. Smart Water Monitoring using IoT
  6. Automated street Lighting
  7. Weather monitoring system using IoT
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DIY- Do It Yourself – Kits are a package of products that are arranged and connected in the prescribed order works as a project model.

IoT in simple words can be explained as connecting all the tangible and intangible things to make it more convenient for humans.  For example, how it feels to control your air conditioner before reaching home through your mobile? Interesting isn’t it? IoT gives you the leverage of operating your A.C. through your smartphone that you will never keep aside.

How can you learn IoT?

First of all, you must have a better understanding of electronics. For gaining knowledge of electronics you can perform some base level activities like:

  • Basic understanding of voltage, current, and resistance
  • Fabricate a circuit from a circuit diagram
  • Get a basic understanding of these components: resistor, capacitor, transistor, LED
  • Get experience using the transistor as a switch
  • Learn how to solder
  • Build a circuit using IC
  • Design a circuit board

Once you get used to all these terms and are familiar with how they work, you can jump on to IoT. The best and the easiest way to start is to work on DIY project kits.

What you should use, Arduino or Raspberry Pi for IoT projects?

Arduino or Raspberry Pi

Now when you know how to start with, you should also know what technology or microcontroller be used for your projects. The most difficult question is whether to use Arduino or Raspberry Pi for developing IoT projects.

Arduino is a microcontroller board that is used for dedicated applications. These applications include actuating small devices like motors, sensors, lights, etc. Raspberry Pi, on the other hand, has HDMI port, and RAM. If you have some basic knowledge of coding, you can configure an OS on Raspberry Pi and use it as a media streaming device, running a web server, VPN, etc. 

An Arduino board is best for simple repetitive tasks like wirelessly opening and closing a garage door, reading sensors and reporting it to a cloud server, driving a simple robot, touch-based switches, etc.

While Raspberry Pi is used when you need a portable full-fledged computer. For building projects like driving a more complicated robot, performing multiple tasks, encrypting the data for storage, Image processing, Wireless security camera (For Home Surveillance System), Portable digital eBook library or creating voice automation-based projects (either using Alexa or Google Assistant), etc.

Hence to conclude, if you are into some Machine to Machine project, use Arduino and if your use involves a human interface then Raspberry Pi would serve the purpose.

How to build your first IoT project?

How to build your first IoT project

To begin with, you can follow these simple steps:

  1. Understand the process: Keep a clear picture as to what the final project would work. Be specific and stick to a single objective.
  2. Have strong technical knowledge about all the components and instruments to be used in the project. Be it hardware or software you should know enough to work efficiently and troubleshoot as well.
  3. Phase the project: Properly segregate the project into phases or levels. Keep level-wise objectives that give the motivation to develop the project.
  4. Test often: Always cross-check or test the project at every level and compare the outcomes with the standards to nullify all the anomalies, if any.
  5. Understand (or select) an IoT reference architecture: This step can be easily passed with the help of the DIY IoT project kits available at Skyfilabs.

For reference, you can check out the following DIY IoT project suggestions:

1. Home automation system project using IoT kit: In this IoT project you will build an electronic device that can be used to control all the home appliances with the help of Bluetooth. As everybody uses a smartphone, this IoT project can help you to turn ON/OFF the appliances by giving commands through your android phone. This also has a memory with which you can store and analyse the data about the usage of the home appliances that will motivate you to save electricity from time to time.

Key learnings:

  • IoT - Concepts & Applications
  • Arduino Architecture & Programming
  • Bluetooth Communication
 
2. Smart irrigation system using IoT kit: In this IoT project you will work with a soil moisture sensor, ESP-8266 Wi-Fi module, and an Arduino board to develop a smart irrigation system. This device can efficiently detect the change in the level of moisture of the soil and automatically control the flow of water with the help of a DC motor. This can be used as superb water-saving techniques in the crop fields.

Key learnings:

  • IoT - Concepts & Applications
  • Arduino Architecture & Programming
  • Calibration of Sensors
  • Virtuino App development
 
3. Smart building using IoT kit: The IoT project you develop can sense the number of occupants in the meeting room with the help of PIR sensors and automatically turn the lights ON/ OFF based on occupancy. You will be able to analyze the usage of the meeting room, the number of persons at various times of the day, the time for which lights are ON and the power consumed.

Key learnings:

  • IoT - Concepts & Applications
  • Arduino Architecture & Programming
  • Calibration of PIR Sensors
  • Integration of cloud platform
 
4. Smart water monitoring system using IoT kit: In this IoT project, you will build a smart water monitoring system that detects the flow of water and record the volume of water flows through the pipe for a given period. The data is then sent to the cloud for storage and analysis.

Key learnings:

  • IoT - Concepts & Applications
  • Arduino Architecture & Programming
  • Calibration of Flow Sensors
 
5. Automated Street lighting using IoT kit: In this DIY IoT project, you will build an IoT based Automated street lighting system that automatically switches the street light ON and OFF based on the amount of sunlight present. This is one of the key features of smart cities where energy will be used very efficiently by turning the streetlights ON and OFF at the right time as needed. The data will be sent to the cloud for storage and analysis.

Key learnings:

  • IoT - Concepts & Applications
  • Arduino Architecture & Programming
  • Interfacing & Calibrating sensors
 
6. Weather Monitoring System using IoT kit: In this DIY IoT project, you will build an IoT based weather monitoring system that streams the temperature and humidity data over the internet to the user at a remote location. You can program the system in such a way that whenever the temperature exceeds a certain limit, the device will automatically send an email notification!

Key learnings:

  • IoT - Concepts & Application.
  • Arduino Architecture & Programming.
  • Calibration of Sensors.
  • Virtuino App development
 
7. Surveillance camera using IoT kit: In this course, you will use Raspberry Pi, a credit card sized computer, as the brain and program it to transmit the video captured over the internet as live footages to your screen.

Key learnings:

  • Image processing & its algorithms
  • Splitting image channels
  • Matplotlib
  • Raspberry Pi architecture and Python programming
 

Hope you got some good information on the DIY IoT project kits that you can buy and get started in learning IoT technology.

Suppose, if you want to build great IoT based projects but you don’t have the necessary technical knowledge, don’t worry! These kits are easily available at Skyfi Labs with which you get a complete package of all the instruments and components required to make a project that will increase your knowledge. These are the ways how you can learn and implement IoT projects with the help of the DIY kits.

If you have any further queries, please feel free to drop them below as comments. Our team will get back to you.

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