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Hello for everyone.   After many hours of work, I can show my umbrella project. At begin I want thanks for my wife (for patient) for my friend Jonatan (for 3D printer ) for Daniel Defoe (for very fast realizing my orders), for my young daughter (for permanently hidding device components   )     Introduction ...................................................................... Functionality .................................................................... How it work ...
The Internet of the Backyard Challenge is running from August 13th to November 7th. Previous activity: Blog Summary #000 : Internet of the Backyard Challenge 2014 Blog Summary #001 : Internet of the Backyard Challenge 2014 Blog Summary #002 : Internet of the Backyard Challenge 2014 Blog Summary #003 : Internet of the Backyard Challenge 2014 Blog Summary #004 : Internet of the Backyard Challenge 2014 Name Super Awesome Blog Time janisalnis CC3200 IoT Backyard Challenge Tomato Greenhouse Sum ...
And so the IoT Backyard challenge is sadly drawing to a close. Like most engineers, no project is ever really complete as there is always room for improvement and so I feel as if I've only just got started with developing my application. The TI Simplelink CC3200 WiFi Launchpad has proved to be a great MCU board to work with and offers great value and versatility (offers 2 coding methods through CCS or Energia). I am now streaming 18 data points to Plot.ly through their API. I have 2 charts creat ...
Previous post: Energia is out there for CC3200 A summary for Internet of Things roadtest Thanks to Texas Instruments Element 14 for possibility to be a roadtester for Simplelink Wi-Fi CC3200 launchpad. It is a single chip containing  both Wi-Fi connectivity processor and Cortex M4 core ARM processor communicating over internal SPI connection. I have tried to learn programming CC3200 in CCstudio and bloged about every step: Internet connectivity,  analog inputs, I2C, hibernation, ...
I would like to update you with my Design Challenge.   I was originally going to design a water system for my wife's square foot garden.   Shortly after being notified I won a kit, my health turned bad, and I got extremely ill for a long time. I have been battling back from that illness ever since.   I appreciated Element14 for being so generous to me and giving me a kit. I have only been able to read through some of the API's and do some simple applications with it. The TI CC3 ...
When this challenge launched, the summer was fresh and green; as winter draws close, it's time to say farewell to memories of backyard barbecues and laying in the sun.  So too, this is the last week for the Internet of the Backyard challenge. Just a reminder, the last blogs need to be submitted by the end of play November 7, 2014: a summary blog will help with the judging.  Thanks again to all our competitors. ...
For umbrella project I build my own power supply system.   - solar panel (3V, 80mA) - storage/battery element (LiPo rechargeable battery from Fuel Tank BoosterPack) - my own universal solar charger device (based on TI bq255040 ) - TI TLV70433 LDO (3,3V, 150mA)       Designed by my universal solar charger is based on TI bq25504         Solar charger parameters are configured by resistors. -          b ...
I picked up a helper to move the engineering side along a little more quickly, so I finally have some time to post. As a total rookie, the learning curve to get the TI to bend to my will is pretty wicked.   The last month+ has flown by. The biggest challenge we have faced is getting bird photos taken. Would have been amazing if the TI camera booster pack had ever become a reality as an off-the-shelf product. Oh well!   A close contender for number one challenge has been the behavior ...
In my umbrella project I used gps module. After start  device turn on gps module and waiting for geographic position . Latitude and longitude values are used in weather forecast algorithm.   If user dont have gps module, then he can turn off gps positioning function in umbrella code (c/c++ compiler -> options -> proprocessor -> defined symbols ,,, and remove GPS_IN_USE ). After that user must set name of city where umbrella is located (definition in configure.h file). When gp ...
The Internet of the Backyard Challenge is running from August 13th to November 7th. Previous activity: Blog Summary #000 : Internet of the Backyard Challenge 2014 Blog Summary #001 : Internet of the Backyard Challenge 2014 Blog Summary #002 : Internet of the Backyard Challenge 2014 Blog Summary #003 : Internet of the Backyard Challenge 2014 Recent activity: Blog Summary #005 : Internet of the Backyard Challenge 2014 - Final Day Name Super Awesome Blog Time janisalnis No Updates christhete ...
I finally have my cc3200 Launchpad posting data to Plot.ly using Energia (www.energia.nu) compiler / Wiring framework. It took awhile to sort out but feels great to finally get all my charts initialised in the correct format and my data streaming to Plot.ly.   Energia is very well suited for my purposes of linking up to the WiFi network and posting data. It is quite straightforward to amend the included examples for WiFi to connect to your home network. I had no problems at all (unlike its ...
In project I used lcd from nokia 5110 (PCD8544 driver), It is monochrome graphic lcd with resolution 84x48 pixels   In used ready hardware ( foto below ) and connected it into CC3200 LaunchPad ( schematic below )     Communication with lcd is done via SPI ( in one side mc->lcd )   I wrote software spi algorithm (code below ) void LcdSpiInit() {     // Configure PIN_05 for GPIOOutput (SPI_CLK)     MAP_PinTypeGPIO(PIN_05, PIN_MODE_0, f ...
The Internet of the Backyard Challenge is running from August 13th to November 7th. Previous activity: Blog Summary #000 : Internet of the Backyard Challenge 2014 Blog Summary #001 : Internet of the Backyard Challenge 2014 Blog Summary #002 : Internet of the Backyard Challenge 2014 Recent activity: Blog Summary #004 : Internet of the Backyard Challenge 2014 Blog Summary #005 : Internet of the Backyard Challenge 2014 - Final Day Name Super Awesome Blog Time janisalnis No Updates christhete ...
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Posted by .lukasz. Oct 11, 2014
from 8 years I write articles about Texas Instruments products ( the most about MSP430 microcontrollers )   now I will start writing course "MSP430 with FRAM in examples" (course based on LaunchPad MSP-EXP430FR5969, MSP430 Wolverine series) In attachment I share first part of this course "Introduction. LaunchPad description" In next parts will be presented practical projects.   unfortunately all my articles are in polish   b.r. Lukasz, Poland ...
Thanks to an unseasonally warm September month I finally have plenty of long grass to work with...     and the grass sensor node is coming along slowly but surely. Here is my first attempt at the grass node sitting in shorter grass... yes I mowed the grass too (well most of it as still need the long grass for testing).     By way of summary of progress.... not quite like clockwork...   Quite a few mistakes were made on my first build attempt. Firstly, the placemen ...