Microsoft recently announced the introduction of Azure Sphere which is a low cost single chip computer that is described as a highly secured end-to-end solution for connected microcontroller powered devices. Azure Sphere includes three components working as one, a brand-new class of crossover microcontrollers running a secured operating system and supported by Azure cloud services. Along with advanced development tools, Azure Sphere is your opportunity to reimagine your business from the ground up.
What is surprising to know is that Azure Sphere is powered by Linux and not Windows.
Today I received my Starter Pack for Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2. I purchased it from Adafruit, which you can order from here.
“Windows 10 IoT Core is a new edition of Windows targeted towards small embedded devices and maker boards such as Raspberry Pi2. IoT core is designed to work with low-level bus interfaces such as I2C, SPI, USB. You can write a Universal Windows Application using a variety of programming languages in Visual Studio to rapidly create maker projects.
You can use Windows 10 IoT Core to read sensor data, control actuators, connect to the cloud, create IoT applications and much more. The Starter Pack from Adafruit includes parts to get you started.”
Let’s get started!
Raspberry Pi 2 Board (Included in some versions of the Adafruit Starter Kit)
Adafruit Raspberry Pi Case
8GB SD card with Windows IoT Core
5V 2A Power Supply with MicroUSB Cable
USB WiFi Module
Full Size Breadboard
Premium Male/Male Jumper Wires
Premium Female/Male Jumper Wires
MCP3008 – 8-Channel 10-Bit ADC
Adafruit BMP280 Temperature + Barometric Sensor
Adafruit TCS34725 Color Sensor
Plug in the HDMI and Ethernet cables and then plug in the power source. It was too late at night to setup the wifi, so I’ll leave that for another day.
It took about 5 minutes for the Raspberry Pi to boot up the first time.
Once it was booted up you see the following screen which allows you to interact with the device.
Now that you’ve connected your Raspberry Pi, you need to configure your PC and Raspberry Pi before your can start development.