Cortado connects your physical things to the digital world. Itʼs an Arduino that youʼll never plug in, and it works on all your favorite platforms including mobile (Mac, Windows, iOS, Android). It connects via Bluetooth Low Energy, an efficient protocol meant for supporting low-power sensors. If there ever was a building block for the Internet of Things, this is it.
It’s so easy to interact with Cortado, we think it will inspire an entirely new interaction flow. To illustrate this, the pre-ordered units will be turned on before they ship. If you download our app, you will get a BLE notification on your iPhone when your Cortado is nearby. Youʼll even be able to program it while it’s still in the box!
For the next month we will be holding a pre-order campaign featuring our new product. This campaign includes a special pre-order discounted price for all backers. It will launch at $18 and will increase every day as the month goes on reaching a maximum of $24, which is discounted 20% from the retail price ($30).
Cortado – Zero wires. Infinite uses - [Link]
By Bill Schweber:
In a wireless design, two components are the critical interfaces between the antenna and the electronic circuits, the low-noise amplifier (LNA) and the power amplifier (PA). However, that is where their commonality ends. Although both have very simple functional block diagrams and roles in principle, they have very different challenges, priorities, and performance parameters.
How so? The LNA functions in a world of unknowns. As the “front end” of the receiver channel, it must capture and amplify a very-low-power, low-voltage signal plus associated random noise which the antenna presents to it, within the bandwidth of interest. In signal theory, this is called the unknown signal/unknown noise challenge, the most difficult of all signal-processing challenges.
Understanding the Basics of Low-Noise and Power Amplifiers in Wireless Designs - [Link]
Keyboard, display, sensor or other device can be connected by means of Bluetooth modules even without cables.
Many times, it´s more practical to have devices interconnected wirelessly. Whether we need a simpler transfer of values from some sensor or a more complicated data communication between two devices, Bluetooth modules will manage it without a long development. Bluetooth technology with their range of 10m or up to 100m (Class 1) usually suit to many purposes where a cable connection is undesired or even impossible.
Bluetooth modules from company Rayson are based on various Bluetooth chips from a renowned company CSR, which determine main features of a given module. On stock we keep several types for example the favorite BTM-112 (Class 2) or BTM-222 (Class 1). Modules contain their own firmware, so it´s not necessary to know a functionality of given Bluetooth chips in detail, but for the most of applications it is sufficient to use configuration commands sent via UART port.
Versatility of modules is mainly in the fact, that they are able to transfer virtually any data, that´s why they can be used for controlling of peripherals, audio transmission etc. and everywhere, where there range and data transfer speed of Bluetooth protocols are sufficient.
Where a cable can’t, a Bluetooth can - [Link]
Wireless technology IQRF was introduced to you in our recent article „IQRF – a wireless technology which breaks barriers“ and in our SOS webinar „How to integrate wireless technologies into your devices without a long-term programming?”. In the time of publishing of the previous article, was the IQRF Alliance launch in a status of intensive preparation. With pleasure we announce you, that from now it´s possible to deploy IQRF Alliance services and to make your development of wireless applications even easier.
What´s all that about? IQRRF Alliance opens to manufacturers, system integrators and installation companies an opportunity to quickly and cost-effectively make all the electronic products wireless without any programming.
IQRF Alliance focuses on extremely easy integration of smart wireless solutions prevailingly in the segments of Indoor Lighting, Outdoor Lighting, Building, Smart Home Automation and many other. Thanks to the revolutionary and patented concept of Direct Peripheral Access and Hardware Profiles, IQRF Alliance members can simply integrate wireless communication and networking into their devices or systems by a simple circuit of a wireless module with a universal DPA application. This will enhance an existing or just developing product with a possibility to communicate in a wireless network, receive and transmit data. DPA moreover ensures a full compatibility of all products using this protocol. New, fully compatible product can be this way launched on the market within few weeks.
IQRF Alliance members will be able to easily and quickly innovate their devices with a wireless connectivity, incorporate full MESH networking into their systems and to use a portfolio of fully compatible products of other IQRF Alliance members.
All details regarding a membership are available at www.iqrf.org/alliance. Membership is without any membership fees. The only “fee” is a 1000 EUR annual credit, i.e. it´s not a fee but a credit for a purchase of IQRF components (transceivers, development boards and kits,…).
IQRF technology features, description of a new IDE4.13 development environment and a new OS3.04 operating system, as well as advantages of membership in the IQRF Alliance can be uncovered already on 23.10.2013 in our SOS webinar about IQRF.
IQRF Alliance brings programming-free wireless networking - [Link]
By Shawn Rhen:
Despite the initial investment, solid state lighting (SSL) has proven to be a viable alternative over conventional technologies due to the combined savings in energy consumption and maintenance costs, as well as design flexibility. Furthermore, increased energy savings can be realized with active intelligence such as occupancy and ambient light sensors, as well as external dimming controls to eliminate excessive lighting. Since there are a wide variety of constant current LED drivers requiring a 0-10 volt DC input for dimming control available, the focus of this discussion will be utilizing these drivers with a wireless interface.
Wireless Control of Linearly Dimmed LED Drivers - [Link]
Wireless power. It’s less sci-fi sounding than it once was, thanks to induction charging like that based on the Qi standard, but that’s still a tech that essentially requires contact, if not incredibly close proximity. Magnetic resonance is another means to achieve wireless power, and perfect for much higher-demand applications, like charging cars. But there’s been very little work done in terms of building a solution that can power your everyday devices in a way that doesn’t require thought or changing the way we use our devices dramatically.
Cota By Ossia Aims To Drive A Wireless Power Revolution And Change How We Think About Charging - [Link]
Flutter is an open source ARM-powered wireless Arduino with 1000m+ (3200 ft) range and 256-bit AES hardware encryption.
Flutter is a wireless electronics development platform based on Arduino. With over 3200ft (1km) of usable range, a powerful ARM processor, and integrated encryption, Flutter makes it easy for you to build projects that communicate across the house, across the neighborhood, and beyond.
Whether you want to check the temperature of a beer-brewing setup, have your mailbox send you a text message when the mailman arrives, control a swarm of flying robots, or just turn on your lights with your phone, Flutter gives you the range, power, and flexibility to do it.
Flutter: $20 Wireless Arduino with half mile (1km) range - [Link]
By Bill Schweber
The explosive growth of “wireless” systems has led to a simultaneous expansion in the use of RF connectors and their associated cables. These assemblies are increasingly vital links between multiple circuit boards, between antennas and front ends, and between power amplifiers (PAs) and antennas. They are instrumental to the operation of such wireless devices and systems as cellular telephones, wireless data networks and advanced radar and electronic-warfare (EW) systems.
Connectors for RF systems have the simple yet critical task of transferring signals from one location to another, with little or no change to the signal (although in reality even with high quality RF cable between the antenna connector and the antenna engineers often factor in a 0.2 dB loss per coaxial connector in addition to the cable attenuation itself).
Selecting an RF Connector for your Wireless System - [Link]
Dimitar Kolev writes:
I test both, just with one LED for now (like 15mA) – they was working quite OK for distances up to 1-2cm, just some paper and thin air between TX and RX coils. With appropriate ferite it seems distance and coupling can be even better.
Just to fire further my interest, chip labels on board were erased, but fortunately I found a good picture where most of the labels were visible. Unfortunately no results after some googling, but finally I think I found the manufacturer of chips and some other wireless power/charging modules – it should be Elecoteq Electronics Website is only in Chinese, so I read what I can via Google translate. I found no datasheets, but for one there was some basic description
Wireless power and charging test and some reverse engineering - [Link]
Have you ever wanted to send data from a sensor or project wirelessly? This simple circuit allows you to build your own wireless transceiver using two ICs, a transistor, and two resistors. The IC is from Melexis and uses On-Off Keying modulation and can be battery powered.
Here is the circuit.
DIY Wireless Data Transceiver - [Link]