OK, so we’re a little late for Star Wars day, but we do have a record month in terms of content. You, our community, have continued to build amazing things on the balenaCloud platform and our team has been busy working on some interesting blog posts too.

We’ve got a lot to cover so let’s get to it!

News from balenaHQ

Now shipping: all balenaFin v1.1 variants, available in volume

Last month we announced that the balenaFin v1.1 is now shipping at scale in all variants (8/16/32/64GB). If you didn’t hear, balenaFin is our industrialized carrier board for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module; read the announcement on our blog](https://www.balena.io/blog/announcing-balenafin-v1-1/).

New device support: Nvidia Jetson Nano

Lots of people around the world have been getting their hands on the new Nvidia Jetson Nano developer kit. “The power of modern AI is now available for makers, learners, and embedded developers everywhere, for just $99.”

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve now added beta support for this exciting new board to balenaCloud and balenaOS. We’re going to be building some example projects soon and we’d love to see what you come up with too.

The latest from our blog

Build your own network camera you can access from anywhere with balenaCam

If you’ve got a Raspberry Pi and a camera, you can build this project which utilizes WebRTC to share your camera feed over the internet. You can use the public URL feature within balenaCloud to share the video, or view it remotely, without having to set up any firewall rules. If you don’t have a Pi camera, you can also use some USB webcams with the project too. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the forums!

Keep your device online during power outages; a UPS roundup

Sometimes, the only way to get your fresh IoT produce deployed means utilizing power sources that aren’t always the most reliable. The last thing you want is to have to drive to a remote location to rescue a device that’s been corrupted due to power cuts and brownouts. We take a look at the myriad of options available to help you keep devices online and perform safe shutdowns.

Using the PiJuice with balenaCloud and Twilio

As a follow-up to the UPS roundup, we then took a look at the PiJuice HAT. We look at setting it up within a balenaCloud application, and then sending battery information and device metrics back to the device dashboard to be seen centrally. In addition, we cover the integration with a Twilio account, in order to send SMS notifications when a device goes offline.

Sensors and Data Logging with Embedded Linux – The Ultimate Guide

We’ve just posted the third and final part of our epic ’Ultimate guide to using sensors and data logging with embedded Linux’. Part 1 covers adding sensors to your system, the use of industrial I/O, creating custom device-type overlays and more. Part 2 goes into reading, storing and presenting the captured data. Part 3 covers the use of balenaCloud to deploy multiple devices and capture data from them all. There’s a mountain of seriously useful information here – definitely one to check out if you’re using sensors to capture data in your project, and, of course, all the code has been shared on GitHub so you can use this as a starting point for your own projects.

Hedley reports on how we develop balena, on balena (BoB)

One of our engineers, Hedley, goes into depth about the development environment we use here at balena. We use balenaCloud ourselves (becoming our own customer) to provision and deploy devices to our development team, meaning we can ensure every member of the team has a working and uniform development environment that we can easily maintain remotely. It’s a truly interesting read, and as a bonus feature, it’s also detailed how the entire balenaCloud stack was set up and deployed to a balenaFin!

Projects of the month

Every month we like to feature some projects from the community, this month it’s:


Maker Faire Bay Area San Mateo, CA, US May 17 – 19, 2019
KubeCon / CloudNativeCon Europe Barcelona, ES May 20 – 23, 2019
mDevCamp Prague, CZ May 31, 2019
Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & IoT conference Amsterdam, NL Jul 16 – 17, 2019