Having trouble choosing what Arduino or Raspberry Pi hardware to use for getting started building Internet of Things (IoT) devices? There’s a lot of choices to navigate, and not all boards have integrated Wifi or Ethernet either. To help with this process, Microsoft has a few “Azure Certified for IoT” Starter Kits. These kits provide the perfect platform to get started!
Azure Certified for IoT
The goal of the Azure Certified for IoT program / certification is to create a partner ecosystem that helps businesses take advantage of Internet of Things (IoT) while taking some of the pain out of the process. Partners in the Azure Certified for IoT program are able to demonstrate IoT capabilities and market leadership to customers in a way that who’s their compatibility support for Microsoft Azure.
Azure Certified for IoT devices have already been through testing to check their compatibility with the Azure IoT SDKs and are all ready to be used to build IoT projects / devices.
Platform and Hardware Compatibility
There are a number of platforms and Operating Systems that support the Azure IoT SDKs.
Operating System Platforms
- Debian 7.5
- Fedora 20
- Raspbian 3.18
- Ubuntu 14.04
- Yocto 2.1
- Android 4.2+
- Windows 10 Desktop
- Windows 10 IoT Core
- Windows Server 2012 R2
- Arduino IDE 1.6.8
- mbed 2.0
- TI-RTOS 2.x
There is a huge number of language / framework platforms that are compatible with the Azure IoT SDKs. Here’s a list:
Additionally, since many of the Azure services expose HTTP / REST based API endpoints, there really aren’t many language frameworks not listed above that wouldn’t work with Azure.
Azure IoT Devices and Starter Kits
There is a really long list of Azure Certified for IoT hardware. So instead of listing them all out here, below is a list of the Starter Kits available. Each Azure Certified for IoT Starter Kit comes with everything you need to get started building IoT solutions with Azure.
Adafruit Raspberry Pi Kit
This kit provides everything needed to get started using Raspberry Pi and Azure IoT.
Adafruit Feather M0 Kit
This kit provides everything needed to get started using the Arduino-compatible Adafruit Feather M0 board and Azure IoT. This board even includes integrated Wifi!
Adafruit Huzzah Feather ESP8266 Kit
This kit provides everything needed to get started using the Arduino-compatible Adafruit Feather HUZZAH and Azure IoT. This board even includes integrated Wifi!
Speed – Intel Edison Kit
This kit provides everything needed to get started using the Intel Edison and Azure IoT.
SparkFun Thing Dev Kit
This kit provides everything needed to get started using the SparkFun Thing and Azure IoT.
Each of the Azure Certified for IoT Starter Kits include a breadboard, a few sensors, LEDs, resistors, jumper wires and other things necessary to get started building IoT devices that can be built to utilize Microsoft Azure cloud services.
The Azure Code Samples site contains a large catalog of code samples using various Azure services, including the Azure IoT Hub. Additionally, the hackster.io website has TONS of community contributed “projects” that will really help you get started building those IoT devices!
Here’s a list of some of the recently featured projects on Hackster.io:
- Windows IoT: Facial Recognition Door
- Open Smart Hub: Home Automation
- Long Range UHF RFID Item Tracking System
- Hands-on-Lab Particle Photon Weather Station in Azure
- Personal Mirror
- Smart Doorbell with Azure, Windows 10 IoT and Azure
- Internet of Trees
- Secure Sensor Streaming over HTTPS to Azure IoT Hub
- GPS Datalogger, Spatial Analysis, and Azure IoT Hub
If you’re looking for simpler sample projects to run through and get familiar with Windows IoT Core and UWP development, then these projects may be a little more what you’re looking for:
The Windows Dev Center also contains a few more Windows IoT Core samples: