Tag Archives: IoT

Arduino Wiring, A New Choice for Developers On Windows 10 IoT Core

Last year, Arduino and Microsoft announced a strong partnership and Windows 10 became the world’s first Arduino certified operating system. This partnership made the creation and innovation much easier with the hardware capability of Arduino and the software capabilities of Windows.

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Early this month, Arduino Wiring became a new programming language for Windows 10 IoT Core besides C#, C++, Visual Basic, JavaScript, Python and Node.js, which means that developers are now able to run Arduino Wiring sketches on all supported IoT Core devices including Raspberry Pi 2 and 3.

The popularity of Arduino in the makers’ community alongside the simplicity of using and programming its boards maybe were the main reasons for this step.

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Installing and setting up may differ between devices, but all information and getting started guides for users are available online on Microsoft website, and here are the links:

Convert $2 LED Lamp to $50 Smart Lamp

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taifur @ instructables.com show us how to convert a simple LED lamp to a smart one that can be controlled using a smartphone.

A smart bulb is an internet or Bluetooth-capable LED light bulb that allows lighting to be customized, scheduled and controlled remotely. Smart bulbs are among the most immediately successful offerings in the growing category of home automation and Internet of Things (IoT) products. In today’s market many types of smart bulbs are available form price $10 to $100. But, can you think you can convert a low price led bulb to a smart bulb easily? Today I will show you how I converted a cheap Chinese led lamp to a Smart Lamp.

Convert $2 LED Lamp to $50 Smart Lamp – [Link]

BeagleCore: an embedded industrial/IoT computing module, in distribution

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Distributor Conrad Business Services has added an open-source module and starter kit based on the BeagleBone Black, as a rapid development tool. By Graham Prophet @ edn-europe.com:

The result of an agreement between Conrad (Hirschau, Germany) and BeagleCore, the BCM1 embedded computing module and BCS1 starter-kit will be exclusively available to Conrad’s customers world-wide. Heavily based on the BeagleBone development board, these devices provide small, simple and powerful building blocks for creating and testing new technologies for industrial and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Conrad offers them as suited for professional and industrial embedded solutions.

Crowdfunding closing on $5 Linux + Wifi tiny IoT compute module

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World’s smallest Linux server, with Wi-Fi built-in. Omega 2 is a Linux compute module designed specifically for building connected hardware applications. It combines, say its designers Onion, “the tiny form factor and power-efficiency of the Arduino, with the power and flexibilities of the Raspberry Pi.” By Graham Prophet @ edn-europe.com

Omega 2 development is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, that closes on August 23 rd 2016 ( here). The projects starts with the base module, which is an SoC-based board with built-in WiFi, and extends through levels of added connectivity, and peripherals – for example, there is a ‘dock’ card that provides compatibility with Arduino-format hardware. Part of Onion’s offering is a cloud service, so that an Omega 2-based project can be fully cloud-connected and -enabled.

Crowdfunding closing on $5 Linux + Wifi tiny IoT compute module – [Link]

The IoT Project Builder “myDevices” Has Added Arduino Support

“myDevices”, creators of IoT platform Cayenne, announced in a press release a partnership with Arduino to integrate Arduino support in their system. The partnership seems to be with Arduino SRL not with Arduino LLC.

The currently supported Arduino boards, beside variety of sensors and actuators, are:

  • Arduino Due
  • Arduino Leonardo
  • Arduino Mega
  • Arduino Nano
  • Arduino Pro Micro
  • Arduino Pro Mini
  • Arduino Uno
  • Arduino Yun
  • Ethernet and WIFI Shields

To write your application code you need to add Cayenne library to your Arduino IDE.

How to use Arduino with Cayenne:

An overview of Cayenne:

Cayenne is a drag and drop IoT project builder, gives the hardware developers the ability to have their own apps without having any background in web or mobile development.

Cayenne platform has two major parts,a Cayenne Mobile Apps to monitor and control your IoT projects remotely from the Android or iOS Apps, and Cayenne Online Dashboard with customizable widgets to visualize data, set up rules, schedule events.

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The main Cayenne features are:

  • Drag-and-drop widgets.
  • Visualize Arduino sensor data.
  • Create triggers & alerts between different platforms.
  • Ability to create widgets for any connected sensor or actuator.
Creating a Trigger
Creating a Trigger

Visit the documentation and resources pages to know more about how to use Cayenne platform.

ClearFog Base from SolidRun A New 90$ Single Board Computer

SoildRun launched ClearFog Base, a SBC (Single Board Computer) designed for IoT and networking applications.

ClearFog Base includes SoM (System on Module) designed by SolidRun too and it is based on Marvell’s ARMADA A388 SoC (System On Chip) with Dual core ARM Cortex A9 @ up to 1.6 GHZ and supports Linux Kernel 3.x and OpenWrt OS.

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The Board features up to 2GB storage and optional 8GB uSD/4GB eMMC with the following connectivity options, 1× mPCIE, 1×USB 3.0 port, 2 ×Port dedicated Ethernet  and 1×SFP.

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ClearFog Base has a mikroBUS™ connector to add accessories and supports MikroElektronika’s Click board modules. More than 150 Click boards are available, including I/O, wireless, sensors, transceivers, displays, encoders, pushbuttons, and advanced GPS modules.

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The price of ClearFog base can reach 117$ with the optional power adapter, 8GB SD card and 4GB eMMC.

Via: cnx-software

Thunderboard React – A New BT 4.2 IoT Kit From Silicon Labs

Silicon Labs recently introduced a new platform that enables users to develop their own sensor driven IoT application, this platform is called Thunderboard React and it’s for 29$.

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Thunderboard contains Silicon Labs’ BGM111 bluetooth smart module connected with punch of sensors which are: Silicon Labs’  Si7021  relative humidity and temperature sensor, Silicon Labs’ Si1133 ambient light and UV sensor, Silicon Labs’ Si7201 omni-polar, hall-effect sensor and Invensense’s MPU-6500 6-axis motion sensor.

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Silicon Labs also provides a mobile app for Android implanted in native code, and an iOS app implemented in Swift. The app streams sensors’ data to the cloud.

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Firmware can be developed using Simplicity Studio v3 and C-SDK software stack from Silicon Labs.

[Product Page]
[ThunderBoard-React User’s Guide]

Puck.js – the ground-breaking bluetooth beacon

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A JavaScript microcontroller you can program wirelessly – perfect for IoT devices! No software needed so get started in seconds

With our custom circuit board, the latest Nordic chip, Bluetooth Smart, Infra-red and much more, all enclosed in a tiny silicone case, Puck.js is a smart device which is both multi-functional and easy to use.

Puck.js comes pre-installed with JavaScript and we have an easy to use graphical editor, so it’s perfect for any maker, whether you’re just starting out or have been making for years. You can start programming straight out of the box – no wires or software required!

Puck.js – the ground-breaking bluetooth beacon – [Link]

Creating your first IoT Ethernet Device – IoT, Home Automation

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In this series of tutorials show us how easy is to build a IoT Ethernet Device using ESP8266-01 WiFi module and how interface BMP085 barometric sensor, DS1307Z RTC, ILI9431 and log the data on a SD card.

As mentioned, this Instructable is split into two parts. Part (A) documents how relatively simple it is to cross port to Ethernet, extend and further develop an MQTT IoT device based around the ESP8266-01 WiFi enabled module from the earlier Instructable ‘Pimping your first IoT WiFi Device. Part 4 : IoT, Home Automation’

Creating your first IoT Ethernet Device – IoT, Home Automation – [Link]

Micro-supercapacitor fits inside IoT chips

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by Jan Buiting @ elektormagazine.com:

Zero-power autonomous devices will abound on the IoT of the future, and battery manufacturers are scratching their heads to come up with the best possible solution ensuring high energy and power density at miniature scale. A new material developed recently at Finland-based VTT shows promise, based on energy and power density of a supercapacitor depending on the surface area and conductivity of the solid electrodes. The size? So small it fits inside an IC.

Micro-supercapacitor fits inside IoT chips – [Link]