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  • By Paul Kamp
    Blink an ESP8266 LED in Real-Time using Twilio’s Sync for IoT esp8266_dev_board_on_wood

    If you’re anything like me, you’ve got an entire desk drawer full of hardware dev boards and sensors waiting patiently for a project. (Okay, fine, a garage storage rack.)

    That’s why I was so excited when we announced we’re bringing Twilio’s Sync to IoT devices. Sync is Twilio’s real-time state synchronization product, allowing you to persist, update, and check variable state from anywhere the internet is found. We added MQTT over TLS support to Sync, opening up Sync’s super-scalable architecture to many of those aforementioned drawer hardware devices.

    If you can’t tell, I’m over the moon at this development. Follow along with this blog post; we’re going to use an Espressif ESP8266 Dev Board, Sync for IoT, the Arduino IDE and billions of electrons to blink an LED from the command line.

    Sync-ing Our Capabilities

    Sync for IoT is currently in Developer Preview, so you’ll first …

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  • By Paul Kamp
    5 Phones, 1950 Pixels: How MissionMode Hacked the SIGNAL 2017 Video Wall missionmode_vid_wall

    Code is Creative”. You showed us how true that statement really is at this year’s SIGNAL San Francisco.

    Your creativity was made readily visible on the 40 foot video wall (and interactive art display) we hosted upstairs at the show. We handed out Hackpacks, hackable hardware badges with a Particle Electron onboard, which had the ability to control that massive display via text messages.

    Poking, then Automating, then Drawing...

    One of the first groups to figure out how to draw on the video wall was our friends at MissionMode.

    By day, MissionMode builds incident management and notification solutions. At SIGNAL, MissionMode proved they are also talented at reverse engineering. Their tea …

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  • By Paul Kamp
    “Flashing. Lights.”: How to Build a SMS to Morse Code Translator with a Particle Electron and Twilio Particle Electrons – Retail and from the Twilio SIGNAL HackPack

    After spending some quality time with Particle’s Electron product, I’m so excited to share some of the awesome things I’ve got it doing. Powerful, always connected, and perfectly priced for experimentation, it’s an incredible kick-start on your IoT journey. We’re going to give you an even bigger boost today by showing you how to receive messages with Twilio and do something useful... blink the onboard LED with some Morse Code!

    Particle Electrons, LEDs, and Antennas... Oh My!

    At SIGNAL 2017, we handed out over 1,250 Particle Electrons with our HackPack v3 badge. This Morse Code Translator will work with either a retail Electron or one you’ve removed from the badge – please follow along …

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  • By Paul Kamp
    FAQ: Using Your HackPack v3 in a Post-SIGNAL World twilio_hackpack_logo

    This year at SIGNAL, every attendee got their own Particle Electron powered HackPack. The HackPacks controlled a big screen display upstairs at the show, allowing attendees to wow us in a live exhibit of the intersection of code and artistic creativity.

    We were so impressed with all the creativity on display at the conference. Over 1,250 of you powered up your HackPack during the conference and accepted our challenge, nearly-instantly validating our conference charge to celebrate DOers. You impressed us all with the awesome hacks you came up with and the amazing things you got our wall to do. For that we thank you – you took the Big Board places we didn’t even imagine.

    By Saturday, June 3 we will be deactivating all SIM cards that have not yet added associated billing information to Particle accounts. In plain English, this means that the onboard Particle Electron is yours …

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