I’m pleased to announce you that I’ve been hired by a company called myDevices that provides solutions to connect, manage and control things. That’s a very good news for all of you as I have to work for the DIY and makers communities as a part of my new job position.
We are currently working on a new product, that will use WebIOPi and improve your global Raspberry Pi experience. Your feedback is important and appreciated to ensure we’re including the right features. This will take less than 5 minutes of your time.
I decided to not move it to GitHub in order to be completely independent, and have more flexibility. After few weeks of testing different solution, I finally made something really simple. As WebIOPi downloads already provide complete source code, I also decided to stop providing a public code repository (svn/git). Files remains on sourceforge for the moment.
Following the closed then open beta, I’m glad to announce you today that WebIOPi is now officially partner with Weaved to provide easy and secure access to your WebIOPi setup over Internet.
With Weaved technology integrated, you won’t need to worry about port-forwarding and complex network configuration. You only need to create a free account on https://developer.weaved.com. When installing WebIOPi 0.7.1, you will be given the option to access your setup over Internet. That will setup the Weaved connector and you will be asked to put your Weaved username and password. That’s it.
As soon as you will start WebIOPi, you will be able to access it over Internet from any web browser or using the Weaved mobile application. The mobile application allows to access WebIOPi in a single tap! You can also send notification from the Pi to your Mobile Phone. At this time, only the iOS version is available, but the Android version is coming.
Since the first WebIOPi launch, one of the biggest question I had from everyone was “How can I access my Pi over Internet?”. It usually requires port-forwarding, but it’s impossible to provide one single tutorial for all.
I recently discovered Weaved IoT Kit, gave it a try, then decided to test it with few of my users on the past two months.
Weaved IoT Kit is really cool, as it allows you to access your Pi from anywhere in less than 15 minutes. It offers an easy to install software on your Pi, a Cloud service, a web portal and iOS application. Everything provide you a secure and configuration-less access to your Pi over Internet. Weaved IoT Kit will be bundled in the coming iomotix framework to provide instant Internet access to your IoT applications.
Weaved is now launching an Open, Public and Free beta at developer.weaved.com. Give it a try now and you will receive an upgrade plan at no cost! You can learn more about Weaved IoT Kit on weaved.com.
WebIOPi 0.7 has been released 6 months ago, and I’m sure you are impatient to see next version alive. The good news is that I’m now working on the next major WebIOPi evolution, a new software and framework called iomotix.
First, iomotix not only supports the RPi, it supports any Linux embedded platform that can run Python and provides GPIO. It includes Raspberry Pi A/B/A+/B+, Beagle Bone, Intel Edison, RIOT Board… Even OpenWRT devices are supported so you can hack your router into an IoT device ! With iomotix, you can juggle with hardware without changing your code.
iomotix provides all WebIOPi’s features, from the consistent hardware abstraction layer with more than 50 devices and sensors supported, to the extensible REST to I/O interface. There is also many improvements, like real time I/O and data push, so you can get notified upon external events. That was a promise, it finally comes.
But one of the most exciting feature is the included Cloud connector, that allows to access your home’s devices from anywhere, without worrying about port-forwarding and complex networking stuff. Stay tuned for more details about that.
Dear folk, I’m glad to announce the new WebIOPi release, tagged 0.7. I know it’s long time since the 0.6, almost a year, and I hope you will enjoy it.
The most important change is a global improvement of button handling on all browsers, including mobile and tablets. Without any change on the Cambot code, it now works really great on tablets and mobiles. Buttons are very responsive.
You will also find several new drivers, like a PiFaceDigital, MCP3002 ADC and 4802 DAC for people using a Gertboard, and a first Humidity sensor driver. I would like to thanks Craig and Michael for sharing their drivers.
There is other improvements and bug fixes, see detailed changelog below. You will also find complete code of all wiki tutorials in the 0.7 package.
As usual, entry point to downloads is the Google Project Page, but files are now hosted on SourceForge. Wiki will be updated within next days with new drivers and features.
Feel free to donate if you like WebIOPi and want to support it. I would like to thanks all donators from last months, WebIOPi may never been resumed without their generous support.
After the tutorial series, I’m please to announce the first official Irrigation System WebIOPi-based application. It can work with PiFace, IO PI, or any I/O expander supported by WebIOPi.
The system provides both manual and automatic mode, with a week schedule to activate each station in sequence for a given duration. Even for people who don’t have an irrigation system, it’s a very nice application to go more further with WebIOPi. On my side, it pointed me few issues and difficulties can encounter people when using the framework, so I can improve it.
I hope you all enjoyed the end of 2013, and I would like to wish you all an Happy 2014 Year !
Coming CES will show new IoT tendencies with more IoT actors, products and services in the next year, all well packaged, but very closed, sometime inappropriate to hobbyists you are. WebIOPi intends to allows anyone making their own connected things, with a unique framework using best-practices and future proof protocols.
This year will be a key for WebIOPi, with a lot of things to do in the next month :
Wiki update and fixes
WebIOPi Development resume
WebIOPi Cooking Book
I hope to release a minor WebIOPi update containing bug fix during January as well as the whole wiki update. A new major release should come with the book later, for spring. You can refer to the bug tracker and the roadmap to get an idea of coming work. Stay tuned.