Building a Windows 10 IoT C# traffic monitor: Part I

We’re counting down here at FoxDeploy, about to reach a traffic milestone (1 Million hits!) , and because I am pretty excited and like to celebrate moments like this, I had an idea…

I was originally inspired by MKBHD’s very cool YouTube subscriber tracker device, which you can see in his video here, and thought, boy I would love one of these!

It turns out that this is the La Metric Time, a $200 ‘hackable Wi-Fi clock’.  It IS super cool, and if I had one, I could get this working in a few hours of work.  But $200 is $200.

I then remembered my poor neglected rPi sitting in its box with a bunch of liquid flow control dispensers and thought that I could probably do this with just a few dollars instead(spoiler:WRONG)!

It’s been a LONGGG time since I’ve written about Windows IoT and Raspberry Pi, and to be honest, that’s mostly because I was getting lazy and hated switching my output on my monitor from the PC to the rPi.  I did some googling and found these displays which are available now, and mount directly to your Pi!

Join me on my journey as I dove into c# and buying parts on eBay from shady Chinese retailers and in the end, got it all working.  And try to do it spending less than $200 additional dollars!

Necessary Materials

To properly follow along, you’ll need a Raspberry Pi of your own. Windows 10 IoT will work on either the Raspberry Pi 2B + or Raspberry Pi 3, so that’s your choice but the 3 is cheaper now.  Click here for one!

You’ll also need a micro SD card as well, but you probably have one too.  Get an 8gb or bigger and make sure it is fast/high-quality like a Class 10 Speed card.

Writing an SD Card is MUCH easier than it was in our previous post.  Now, it’s as simple as downloading the ‘IoT Dashboard‘ and following the dead simple wizard for Setting up a new device.  You can even embed Wi-Fi Connections so that it will connect to Wi-Fi too, very cool.  So, write this SD Card and then plug in your rPi to your monitor or… Continue reading