One of the great benefits of using a Raspberry Pi is the ease of connecting electronic circuits to the Internet thanks to the networking capability of the Pi and the simple GPIO control. One interesting and useful project taking advantage of this synergy is a people counter by the team at Ubimaker.
They have demonstrated how easy it is to capture data with a Raspberry Pi and send it to their cloud-based data service Ubitdots, The example is that of a people counter, and uses an inexpensive passive infra-red sensor to detect movement and relay it back to the online service via a simple python program.
Even if you're not interested in counting people, this project gives you the framework to interface your own circuitry to the cloud with a Raspberry Pi. And for more, we're on facebook, Google+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.
If you need to add external circuitry to your Pi, one option is to use our PiBreak board.It provides labelled breakout pins for all GPIOs, a large prototyping area with solder pads, and power rails for easy power connection:
Furthermore the PiBreak also includes mounting hardware to firmly attach it to your Raspberry Pi using a nut, bolt, and spacer - and is compatible with all revisions of both model A and B Raspberry Pi computers. For more information about our PiBreak board, our Getting Started guide, and to order - visit the product page.