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The bioprinting technology can print a 96-well array of human tissue samples in just 30 minutes. (Image Credit: Biofabrication)   Rapidly 3D printing large batches of customized biological tissues would ultimately make drug development faster and more affordable. Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego developed a new bioprinting technology that 3D prints a 96-well array of human tissue samples in 30 minutes. The team says that rapidly producing samples like these could adv ...
The transformer robot is expected to collect data on the lunar surface to determine how the regolith affects the crewed pressurized rover’s driving performance. (Image Credit: JAXA/TOMY Company/Sony/Doshisha University)   Transformers on the Moon? Wasn’t that a movie plot?   The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced that it formed a partnership with Sony, Doshisha, University, and TOMY to develop and launch a transformable rover to the Moon. The robot’ ...
Cloud providers show you how to provision devices and set up your IoT environment from a portal. It's the best way to get started. But it doesn't scale. If your organisation sells many devices, the process should be automated. Safely. To enable that, many (at least AWS and Azure) have a scriptable interface too. Usually a REST API. I'm investigating the Avnet IoTConnect REST API - a solution that is hosted on Azure.     I use their example application. This example can provision ...
MA Corporation developed the bag to allow pet owners to walk their fish and keep fish fresh for consumption. (Image Credit: MA Corporation/Instagram)   Have you ever taken your fish for a walk? Ever wanted to? Well, you may be able to soon! MA Corporation, a Japanese company, is currently developing a Katsugyo Bag for carrying live fish from one destination to the other. The prototype isn’t designed to keep ornamental fish comfortable. Instead, the fish are kept fresh and alive for c ...
The Moonlight mission involves using a Lunar Pathfinder satellite to expand satellite navigation signals to the Moon. (Image Credit: ESA)   The first time I heard the idea of a Moon-based navigation was from the manga Uchuu Kyoudai (Space Brothers). In the story, two characters fall into a crater while driving around the Moon. They had no idea it was there! One character died, the other barely survived.. but his brother developed a lunar GPS
avigation system sometime after. I thought it w ...
The SmartEdge IIOT Gateway is a Raspberry Pi 3 Compute based industrial Linux box. It runs Raspbian with some additions. There's a set of industrial hardware extensions. In this blog I review the isolated RS-485 bus.   Hardware  The gateway has a physical RS-323 / 485 driver. That's a piece of hardware that's not available on the standard Raspberry Pi family. I'm going to test it with an Arduino MKR 485 shield.   SmartEdge  By default, the serial output is configured ...
A hardware and Linux software look into a Trusted Platform Module authentication example for Linux. Side story for Connect to AVNET iotconnect.io with Node-RED - part 10: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Security. check the schematics run integration tests on the actual device, on Linux.   image source: TPM on Avnet SmartEdge, taken by me with a tablet and a magnifying glass   The TPM IC that I'm reviewing is the Infineon SLB 9670 (datasheet). It is built into Avnet's SmartEdge II ...
AVNET's iotconnect.io cloud platform is an online service that you can use to send data to, and then show it on a dashboard. In this blog series I'm learning how to talk to it with Node-RED. In this post: authentication with a hardware support: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) sign-on. Several of the previous posts work on generic Raspberry Pi, BB, ... . This one is different. You need hardware that supports TPM. I'm using the Avnet SmartEdge IIOTGateWay. It has an Infineon SLB9670 (datasheet) ...
AVNET's iotconnect.io cloud platform is an online service that you can use to send data to, and then show it on a dashboard. In this blog series I'm learning the Python SDK and integrating BLE devices. In this post: check how it looks like on a custom iotconnect.io portal.   User Experience Scenarios  The custom dashboard for the SmartEdge / RSL10 / IoTConnect combination is made to deal with two types of actors: a person in several professional settings: training room, conferen ...
AVNET's iotconnect.io cloud platform is an online service that you can use to send data to, and then show it on a dashboard. In this blog series I'm learning the Python SDK and integrating BLE devices. In this post: talk to the RSL10 sensor kit via its Bluetooth Low Energy interface. Like the previous blog, the technique in this post can be used on other devices. When you use it outside the context of the Avnet portal, you can learn BLE integration from it too.   The Bluetooth Low Energ ...
AVNET's iotconnect.io cloud platform is an online service that you can use to send data to, and then show it on a dashboard. In this blog series I'm learning the Python SDK and integrating BLE devices. In this post: the SDK plug-in functionality to add the RSL10 sensor kit as a Bluetooth Low Energy node. Like the previous blog, the technique in this post can be used on other devices supported by the SDK. When you use it outside the context of the Avnet portal, you can learn BLE integration fr ...
AVNET's iotconnect.io cloud platform is an online service that you can use to send data to, and then show it on a dashboard. In this blog series I'm learning the Python SDK and integrating BLE devices. In this post: the mechanism to enter your credentials and configure WiFi without keyboard or wired network. The technique in this post can be used on other Linux devices (Pi, BB, ...)   USB Memory Stick as WiFi configurator  The SmartEdge is a headless Linux device. How do you conne ...
The Long March 5B rocket launched China's first core module Tianhe space station from Wenchang on Thursday local time. (Image Credit: CCTV)   After its launch of the 22.5-metric-ton Tianhe space station module from Wenchang on Thursday local time, China's 18 metric tons Long March 5B rocket is uncontrollably re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. It's unpredictably crashing in a few days. Tianhe successfully entered its planned orbit, ranging between 340km and 450km above Earth, after separat ...
AVNET's iotconnect.io cloud platform is an online service that you can use to send data to, and then show it on a dashboard. In this blog series I'm learning the Python SDK and integrating BLE devices. In this post: what do I want to achieve, and what will I need to get there?   Goal  I got a kit from Avnet with a SmartEdge IIOT Gateway and an ON Semiconductor RSL10 BLE sensor kit. The SmartEdge and the RSL10 are preloaded with an example specific for this combination. My goal is ...
The Arque tail enhances the wearer’s balance and can be used to help the elderly keep their balance. (Image Credit: Yamen Saraiji) Long ago, humans possibly sported tails that didn’t have many purposes, but they eventually lost their tails due to evolution. In 2019, researchers at Keio University in Japan developed a wearable robotic tail, named Arque, that helps the elderly or people with motor deficiencies maintain their balance.   Monkeys and cheetahs benefit from using t ...