Tag Archives: cloud

Design & simulate in the clouds


by Michael Dunn @ edn.com:

It was a few years ago that I first heard of a free site where you could draw and simulate designs. “What’s the point?” I thought. But, the idea is taking off. Was I wrong?

I questioned the usefulness of this cloud concept because there had already long existed good, free circuit simulators. A quick download, and off you go, drawing and simulating. Why deal with the extra vagaries of service-provider availability, and of course, Internet access?

Well, as with any other cloud-based service, there are advantages, such as being able to work anywhere, on any supported device, and not having to deal with the software directly. And while the services out there now seem mostly suited to exploration, hobby, and simple prototype use, they will keep getting better. Some are arguably already professional grade.

Design & simulate in the clouds – [Link]

Solar Tracker in the Internet Cloud


by MidnightMaker @ instructables.com:

This is a Solar Tracker. A full size, internet cloud connected, smartphone accessible Solar Tracker built mainly from 2x4s and plywood, employing wooden peg gears, recycled curtain poles, nuts, bolts and threaded rod. The solar tracker uses a home built electronic controller incorporating WiFi, stepper motor drives, accelerometer and magnetometer. The tracker was designed to drive a full size 90W panel in azimuth and elevation. The gears driving the tracker are wooden peg gears commonly used in the 16th century. The gears were designed using modern 3D CAD (Solidworks). Connecting the wooden peg gears to the internet cloud just seemed like the right thing to do. This is not a waterproof design – you will need to consider modifications to waterproof your derivative design.

Solar Tracker in the Internet Cloud – [Link]

Arduino RFID shield on the Cloud

We want to show you how to use the popular Arduino to produce a device capable of recognizing passive transponder (TAG). But this is not the usual RFID key, because the system can activate a relay if a recognised TAG is read, but also we took the opportunity to make an application that use cloud-computing. The basic version, which is a simple key relay consists of an Arduino and the RFID shield based on a ID-12 of Innovations: placing a transponder already learned, the relay is activated. The extended version of our project uses an Arduino, the RFID Shield and the Ethernet Shield with which we can access the Internet and stored, using the Google Docs service, the transponder data.

Arduino RFID shield on the Cloud – [Link]

Nimbits – share data on the cloud

Nimbits is a service you can use to record and share data on the cloud. It is a free, social and open source platform for the Internet of Things.

Nimbits Server is a free and open source Operational Process Data Historian you can use to create and share data points on a public or private cloud and record your changing numeric, text based, GPS, json or xml values into them. Nimbits is software platform you can use to develop your own cloud, android and micro-controller applications. With our open source software development kit, we greatly simplify your requirements for logging, alerts and more.

Nimbits – share data on the cloud – [Link]

How to interface Flyport to cloud services

openpicus.blogspot.com writes:

Internet of things becomes more and more interesting. But what does Internet of Things really mean? The answer is simple: more connected devices such ad TV, DVD playes, cars and, of course, smartphones and tablets.

With Flyport, Internet of Things is more closer to you! Why?! Well, because, with Flyport, the wifi programmable module, you can now interface to the cloud services – ThingSpeak.

ThiDIY gives access to the ThingSpeak Services. ThingSpeak allows to draw online charts, to store and recall values and to use specific APIs to work with Twitter, or to send HTTP requests directly from the ThingSpeak servers.You can create private or public channels. Every channel can store up to 8 fields (the values) and creates charts with those fields. Every channel has a “Channel ID