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Microsoft Azure IoT Starter Kit - SparkFun Thing
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by KEVIN FEELEY

Description: Microsoft and SparkFun have teamed up to bring you some IoT (Internet of Things) fun. The Microsoft Azure IoT Starter Kit for the SparkFun Thing Development Board has been designed to help you seamlessly connect your device to the cloud with Microsoft Azure IoT. This kit includes an ‘Azure certified for IoT’ SparkFun Thing Dev Board, and a breadboard and wires to help you set up your circuits. There are also a variety of sensors such as a photoresistor to sense light as well as a humidity/temperature sensor to read the ambient temperature and humidity in a room (or outdoors with some weatherproofing). Once your board is connected to Microsoft Azure you can start visualizing and analyzing your data.

Microsoft Azure is a leading provider of cloud computing and Microsoft Azure IoT Hub enables secure, reliable bi-directional communications between IoT endpoints such as sensors and the cloud. Azure IoT Hub supports a broad set of operating systems (Linux, Windows, RTOS etc.), protocols and common languages, so you can configure your connections to the devices.

The SparkFun Thing Dev Board is based on the popular ESP8266 WiFi module. With it you have a simple microcontroller with built in WiFi to interface with your sensors, buttons, and LEDs that can be controlled from or post data to the web. Everything you need to get started from voltage regulation to a PCB antenna are built into the board. Just plug a USB cable into the board and you can actually start programming in the Arduino IDE or other environments.

Note: Microsoft Azure account sign up requires a credit card. Microsoft does state that this information is collected only to verify your identity and that you will not be charged unless you explicitly upgrade to a paid offer.

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Customer Comments

  • I wished Sparkfun wrote a tutorial for this with step-by-step pictures. Following a text tutorial is hard and took me awhile to figure it out. Until then this might be helpful:

    http://tinyurl.com/jz6ltrb

  • What’s up with you guys consistently releasing almost identical products… at exactly.. or almost the same time as Adafruit?

    • Yep, this was a collaboration with Microsoft. Why they seemed to work with 2 different companies to product 2 ‘almost identical products’ is a question for them.

    • In this case because they both partnered with Microsoft and these packages were announced at Build 2016 on 31-Mar-2016. Look for the day 2 keynote, or see this page: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/develop/iot/starter-kits/

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IOT success

Had to read through instructions multiple times and follow very carefully. Made several mistakes along the way. However, with patience and perseverance, was able to learn about how IOT devices are configured, programmed and deployed. Just what I was hoping.