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5 Posts authored by: beavertank
Unfortunately, I didn't manage to complete all of the features I had hoped for with my ornaments. Not long after Christmas I caught a flu that knocked me out pretty completely for a surprisingly long time, and when I finally returned to the land of the living I had to play catch-up in my personal and professional life, so my ornaments got pushed to the back burner. Even so, I had high hopes for completing them within the time provided by the contest, but when I jumped into programming the Yun it ...
I've been hard at work on my IoT Christmas Ornaments project, specifically getting the software and firmware for my little lights working nicely.   As a first step toward that goal, I dove into the manual Infineon provides for the XMC1202 board in order to get a feel for how it works. In the end, I decided to follow Peter Oakes lead and produced a library for the board. While Peter's library focuses on using text-named colors, I wanted mine to act more as a simpler overlay for the actual c ...
Between shipping, working, and the holidays, I haven't had a chance to give my roadtest hardware a good going over... until now!   The Internet of Holiday Lights RoadTest involves three pieces of hardware: The venerable Arduino Uno, its cousin the Arduino Yun, and Infineon's RGB LED Arduino Shield.     Chances are good that if you've spent any reasonable amount of time making things in the past five years or so, you've heard of Arduinos, and have probably used the Arduino Uno. ...
I seem to be a bit behind the curve compared to other testers, my hardware hasn't shown up quite yet (tracking predicts it'll show up today, so maybe I can get it unboxed and plugged together this evening - we shall see). But that doesn't mean I've been sitting back doing nothing. There's more to my project than just electronics after all!   After playing with the necessary 3D design, and printing one unfortunate failure, I realized I was taking the wrong approach to wrapping a flat string ...
As I've been selected as one of the finalists in the IoT Holiday Lights road test, it's probably about time to put some firmer plans in place. My core idea is to take the readily available RGB LED strip lighting found (among other places) on Amazon and use them to construct Christmas globe-style ornaments. This is a quick and dirty sketch of my concept: What you see there is a 3D printed core with LED strip lighting wrapped around it, with a 3D printed shell to fit over this core and ...

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