Explore the world of the small but powerful Intel Edison board!
Already heard of the Intel Edison board? This new platform is a full-fledged computer no bigger than an SD card! It therefore offers great potential for all your wearable creations (e-textiles) and your projects involving the Internet of Things (IoT)!
Extremely powerful and ultra-compact, it includes a WiFi module and a Bluetooth module as well as a 70-pin connector.
The Intel Edison board is an ultra-comprehensive and powerful mini IT platform that will allow you to work on all your IoT inventions even more effectively than on an Arduino or Raspberry Pi platform.
Very small, it can be easily slipped into a pocket, wallet, garment or any other everyday object.
Use and connections…
An ingenious system of “blocks”, designed to be stacked on the Edison board like the shields on an Arduino or a Raspberry Pi, means you can easily increase its interaction and operating capacities (“inertial measurement unit” block, “PWMPWM” block to control servomotors, “dual H-Bridge” block, “power” block, “display” block, “Arduino” block, etc.).
To use the Intel Edison board to its full potential you’ll need a development board, which will provide the connectivity needed to link it to the sensors and modules needed for your projects.
You have several choices, depending on what you want to do with your Intel Edison board:
- The Arduino development board, which will render your Edison board compatible with the Arduino hardware (and with the Grove universe, for which you’ll simply need to add a base shield!)
- The mini Intel development board, which will allow you to use your Edison while also making the most of its size.
5 great projects to launch you into the Edison adventure!
We’ve scoured the Net looking for fun projects using the Edison board, and here is our Top 5!
#5 The flame fire alarm
Always useful in a kitchen (or why not next to a fireplace), this flame fire alarm is a fairly easy home automation project. The perfect choice for a first project!
#4 The custom doorbell
Tired of listening to the same old sound of your doorbell? Look no further, this Intel Edison board tutorial shows you how to customise it! A fun little project to keep you busy in the winter evenings!
#3 The smart toothbrush
We’ve heard it so many times, to be effective we should brush our teeth for 2 full minutes! Enter the world of the Internet of Things (IoT) with this connected toothbrush holder, and forge good habits all at the same time! A countdown is triggered when you remove your toothbrush from its holder and stops when the 2 minutes are up. A small bell then rings and a congratulatory e-mail is sent off!
#2 The DSLR camera controller with mobile app
Create an elegant control device and mount it on your DSLR camera – the add-on will then let you use your camera via your smartphone! The project involves the 3D printing of a mounting component. If you don’t yet have one, why not check out the Replicator Mini by MakerBot, a little gem!
#1 The tiny cheese maker
This project clearly deserves its position as number 1 for the reasons stated in its title – yes, it’s a mini cheese maker! The components needed for this wonderful project include 1 Intel Edison board (which goes without saying!), 1 Grove Starter Kit, some servos, plus a small candle and a small wooden structure you’ll need to make. The meeting of the modern and the past!
Everything you need to get started with Intel Edison:
Intel Edison and Arduino Breakout Kit
Intel Edison and mini Breakout Kit
SparkFun Block for Intel Edison – 9 degrees of freedom
SparkFun Block for Intel Edison – PWM