Ever thought of building an IoT project but scared that it’s too difficult at times due to its complexity? Fear not, in this blog, I’ll be introducing 20 simple ones that you should try in 2019! Be it NodeMcu projects or ones that include Arduino, we’ve covered it all!

IoT?

IoT, in short for Internet of Things is a modern technology that’s revolutionizing the electronics landscape. With more applications combing onboard, it provides endless possibilities for what one can build.

List of simple IoT projects to try:

Before I begin, I want to introduce Wio, a platform with its products that are designed to create solutions in an easier way. It allows for developing without having to:

  • Solder
  • Use jump wires
  • Know what’s electric engineering
  • Know Micro-controller programming
  • Know Network programming
  • Know IoT protocols handling

Some of my recommended projects are build via Wio.

Interested in finding out more? You can check out my previous article on it!

Without further ado, here are the projects:

4-Digit Clock Display with Photon

Starting off the list is a simple clock display that you should try out if you’re a beginner. Instead of getting a traditional clock, photon is more versatile as it can be used for other applications apart from this

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Interested? You can check out the full tutorial by Ingo Lohs on Seeed Project Hub!

2. PIC – IoT / Relay Click Fan Controller

Ever wanted a fan that turns on and off based on temperature? With this project, you can make that a reality!

What do you need?

Hardware Components:

Software:

  • Atmosphere IoT Platform

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by Richard Laborde here

3. Build your Smart Home system with Wio Link/Wio Node and Telegram App

Currently using telegram as your day-to-day communication tool and not willing to pay for smart home systems? This is the project for you

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Software:

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by Ramin Sangesari at Seeed Project Hub here

4. Smart Control of Raspberry Pi Fan Using Python & ThingSpeak

Own a Raspberry Pi 4? Worried about it overheating but not wanting to have it on when it isn’t really needed? Try this project out and you’ll be in awe of its capabilities

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Software:

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by Nurgaliyev Shakhizat at hackster.io here

5. Burglar Alarm with PIR Motion Sensor

Feel that you could live with additional security options to feel safer? Utilizing a PIR sensor, its small yet powerful. Try this project out!

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by Pooja Baraskar at Seeed Project Hub here

6. SMS Door Alarm with LinkIt ONE

Want a simple to build door alarm that notifies you via SMS when visitors, either expected or not, arrive? This project is the one for you!

What do you need?

Hardware Components:

Software:

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by James Stephanick at Seeed Project Hub here!

7. Automatic coffee maker

Tired of brewing coffee every morning when you get to the office? This simple to make project makes coffee for you once you connect into your office’s WiFi network!

What do you need?

Hardware Components:

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by UbiMaker in Seeed Project Hub!

8. Monitor and Control Your Irrigation System with a Mobile App

Interested in gardening or if so do you want to easily control the status of the irrigation system? This project is the one for you!

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Software apps and online services:

  • Blynk

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by Officine Innesto at Seeed Project Hub!

9. Drinking Reminder Water Bottle

Often busy at work and don’t remember to drink water when you’re busy? Try this simple to build drink reminder water bottle and stay hydrated!

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Software apps and online services:

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by Seeed at Seeed Project Hub!

10. Lavatory Vacant/Occupied Sign

Sharing an apartment with many people and don’t wish for accidental door openings when you’re in the toilet? This sign helps in letting them know whether it’s occupied. Try this project out!

What do you need?

Hardware Components needed:

  • Cambrian Robotics Obniz
  • EKMC1601111
  • Battery or USB adapter and cable

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by obniz developer team on hackster.io!

11. Air Quality Sensor based on Raspberry Pi

With the rising concern of poorer air quality, while time progresses, this low-cost air quality monitor based on the Raspberry Pi 4 can help you get accurate measurement readings. Try this out now!

What do you need?

Hardware components:

  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
  • SDS011 – High precision laser pm2. air quality detection sensor

Software apps and online services:

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by MJRoBot on hackster.io

12. Real-Time Weather Sensing with Raspberry Pi 4

We’ve all used a weather app and wonder is their measurement accurate? Well with this project, you can gather real-time weather data just by pairing your Raspberry Pi and software applications. Try it yourself now!

What do you need?

Hardware Components:

Software apps and online services:

  • Openweathermap
  • Microsoft vs Code

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by Arduino “having11” guy on hackster.io!

13. Turning your fridge into a smart one

Can’t afford an upgrade to a Smart fridge or find it too expensive? With this project, you can turn your fridge into a smart IoT device. Try it yourself now!

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Software apps and online services:

  • Amazon Web Services AWS Rekognition
  • Amazon Web Services AWS Polly

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by pamruta on hackster.io!

14. Control your PC with Gestures

Ever thought that using a trackpad or a mouse is too tedious? Try this project out, where gestures are used for control instead

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Software apps and online services:

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by Mohamed Fadiga on Seeed Project Hub!

15. Custom Minecraft Controller

With the rise in popularity of Minecraft in 2019, this project is perfect you gamers out there that wish for a different gaming experience. Try it yourself now!

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Software apps and online services: 

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by Dexter Industries on Seeed Project Hub!

16. Lego desk houses for long-distance relations

Staying far away from your loved ones and want to stay in touch with them in a fun way? Try this project out!

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Software apps and online services:

  • AllThingsTalk Maker

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by Sander Hendrickx on Seeed Project Hub!

17. Love light when someone special calls

Ever missed calls from someone special because your phone is in silent mode or you’re too busy to check the phone? Try this light out, where it’ll automatically turn the light red and then green again when you call back

What do you need?

Hardware components:

  • Wio Link
  • WS2812B Digital RGB LED Waterproof Flexi-Strip 144 LED/meter – 2 meter

Software apps and online services:

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by Kevin Lee on Seeed Project Hub!

18. Digital Piano with UBbidots and NodeMcu

Want to experience playing the piano but the physical ones are too expensive? Try making your very own digital, internet-connected piano with this project!

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Software apps and online services:

  • Ubidots

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by Maria Carlina Hernandez on Seeed Project Hub

19. Smart Switchboard via Google Assistant

Want to control switchboards just by using Google Assistant instead of manually switching on and off? Try this project out!

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Software apps and online services:

Hand tools and fabrication machines:

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by Shaubham Palkar on Seeed Project Hub!

20. Automated Pet Feeder


Worry that your dog is hungry while you’re at work/unable to feed him? Put those worries away with this automated pet feeder. Try this project out now!

What do you need?

Hardware components:

  • Wio Link
  • Lithium-Ion Polymer Batteries – 3,300mAh
  • Grove – Servo
  • Food Container

Software apps and online services:

Interested? You can find the full tutorial by Kevin Lee on Seeed Project Hub!


Summary

That’s all for today on the 20 Simple IoT projects that you should try in 2019! These projects are more suited towards beginners but fore more intermediate users, you’re still welcome to try them out

For more projects to explore on, you can head to Seeed Project Hub

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