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Developing IoT applications is pretty much like getting into urban gardening/farming. The fundamentals of growing crops is pretty much the same regardless of whether its urban or traditional rural farming, but the techniques deployed to make it successful are often quite different. Urban gardeners are gifted in their abilities to produce crops in such oddest and tightest of spaces. Of course there is a lot to it and the set up process is quite intensive.   And so it could be said with this ...
Sending sensor data from the CC3200 built-in sensors or attached BoosterPacks is one thing, and hopefuly you've learned how to do it in my previous post. In this second part, you'll learn how to subscribe to an MQTT broker, and receive push notifications that you can use to trigger actions like blinking an LED, controlling a servo, etc.   ...
First I would like to thank element14 and TI for choosing me as one of the RoadTesters for the Internet of the Backyard Challenge.   For my project I will design a watering system for a backyard garden which will not only keep track of the moisture of the soil to determine how much water is needed, but also keep small animals like squirrels away from the plants by spraying water if it senses their presence.   The basic layout of the project will include electrically controlled (solen ...
In this 20-min video you will learn how to connect your TI CC3200 LaunchPad to the Internet of Things using MQTT. Once your board is pushing data using MQTT, not only can you test that everything is properly working by using the MQTTLens Chrome app mentioned in the video, but you can use virtually any MQTT client to consume the data and display it on a chart, store it in a database, etc.           The MQTTTask code is as follows, in case you'd like to copy-paste i ...
DAB

DAB Backyard Challenge Blog 3

Posted by DAB Top Member Aug 24, 2014
Just finished a very frustrating day trying to download TI software.   It probably did not help that I am suffering from a nasty sinus headache, but I tried to just follow the directions. Problem, it seems that you need a special App to load the updated CCS software.  Now at no point does the download sequence identify this app, but windows 7 and 8.1 both had no clue and I hate guessing games, so I just put it away and went on with other things I could do.   I did manage to upg ...
Just something I created on a lazy Sunday afternoon as did not find one on the net. Thought to share as a useful documentation tool rather than design tool as cannot guarantee that everything is correct as it should be (pin layout, schematic, pcb view)   Created a link to file as cannot upload the file directly. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B45JKCj7m2lkTmFQVy1tRlc2TlU/edit?usp=sharing ...
Previous post: Internet of Things for the tomato greenhouse Next post: CC3200-LAUNCHXL program uploading data to IoT and hibernating     Plotly is an online service allowing to draw beautiful graphs. It is free of charge. Just register at Plotly. Limitation I read somewhere is that it would allow to store 50 plots. CC3200-LAUNCHXL roadtesters were adviced to use Plotly to graph Internet of Things data. In this post I show how to upload data to Plotly from a Linux PC bash script and ...
timothynott

First things first

Posted by timothynott Aug 23, 2014
While assembling and placing the bird feeder, I suddenly realized an inherent risk of my project -- can I attract birds to the feeder? I optimized the location of the feeder for easy access to power, ease of refilling the seed, and defense against squirrels and raccoons. Turns out I accidentally followed a lot of available advice -- about 10 feet from evergreen cover, seeds sprinkled about the area, out of reach (i think) of squirrels. If we don't have some visitors in the next week, it will be ...
bwcrum

IOT_Gate

Posted by bwcrum Aug 23, 2014
Just got the dev kits, need to put together my parts list, in the mean time been getting the CC3200 talking to Plotly. So far, so good. Now have it streaming test data.   Bill ...
The Internet of the Backyard Challenge is running from August 13th to November 7th. Recent activity: 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 Blog Summary #005 : Internet of the Backyard Challenge 2014 - Final Day Name Super Awesome Blog Time janisalnis Internet of Things for the tomato greenho ...
hi In polish web portal www.mikrokontroler.pl is article about iot_backyard competition I invite to reading   polish http://www.mikrokontroler.pl/content/sukcesy-polakow-w-konkursach-projektowych-firm-z-branzy-polprzewodnikowej   english (google translate) https://translate.google.pl/translate?sl=pl&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=pl&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mikrokontroler.pl%2Fcontent%2Fsukcesy-polakow-w-konkursach-projektowych-firm-z-branzy-polprzewodnikowej&a ...
Generating Ideas are like planting seeds. The planting is easy, it's keeping them alive that's challenging. So while some people gently cultivate their seeds in cosy climate controlled environments, others like me prefer to scatter seeds knowing that some will fall on fallow ground, some will be taken by others and some will germinate. So I would like to thank Element14 and its collaborating partner Texas Instruments for pulling me out of my comfort zone and allowing me the opportunity to ge ...
hello after long searching , finally I chose umbrella in next week I am going to buy it   for controlling umbrella I want use 2 stepper motors and one electric servomotor ( but it can change )     b.r. Lukasz, ...
.lukasz.

[iot_umbrella]  #02

Posted by .lukasz. Aug 18, 2014
I recived my LaunchPad thanks a lot element14 and TI,     best regards Lukasz ...
DAB

DAB Backyard Challeng Blog #2

Posted by DAB Top Member Aug 18, 2014
Great day, my boards arrived from Element 14 today. Did more research on the RF lightning detector and looked at some options for the flash detector. I plan to keep both simple so that they are easy to build for others interested in duplicating my work.   I was hoping to make some measurements over the weekend, but in true murphy fashion, none of the thunderstorms triggered. Just like a taxi, they are never around when you need one.    I also ordered part of my surprise. &# ...
This morning I woke up to the smell of fresh cut grass outside...   (Thanks Google+ for automatically enhancing this pic of mine)   Reminded me to start establishing and enhancing my knowledge of what grass growing is all about, especially as grass growth is now slowing as its passed the summer peak. Thankfully there is plenty of green grass in Ireland to use as a test bed and I am now using this project as the excuse not to cut my grass.   So what will my little backyard IoT ...
Thanks again to element14 and Texas Instruments for selecting my idea for the challenge. Excited to finally get started! My company (MobileIgniter) has gotten behind the project and we’re devoting Friday afternoons to a problem solving jam session for all the times I get stuck. Thanks team! We expect to take things in two concurrent tracks. The first will address the consumer market and the second will address the needs of researchers. Here’s a recap of our submission, with features ...
.lukasz.

[iot_umbrella]

Posted by .lukasz. Aug 18, 2014
Thanks to Element 14 for selecting me as a roadtester for backyard challenge.       today I will start developping my: intelligent umbrella, It will be complicated project, but I have 60 days to do it   Wish me luck ...
The Synopsis:   I had put this as a part of the Internet Of the Backyard Challenge, and I was accepted for the forget me not challenge. The theme for both these is IOT and I am doing just that. I recently received confirmation that I was accepted for the CC3200 roadtest and since the beyond the phone challnege, I had already purchased a lot Of TI parts, I though I would give it a go here as well. Even though I was not selected for this challenge, I still want to participate hence these pos ...
Next post: http://www.element14.com/community/groups/internet-of-things/blog/2014/08/24/sample-upload-to-plotly-success   Thanks to Element 14 for selecting me as a roadtester for the Backyard Challenge. Press release about the finalists: Element 14 Microwave Journal Engineersonline.nl Elektronik i Norden   10 projects are based on the new Texas Instruments chip CC3200 providing Internet connectivity over WiFi. Data can be graphed and analysed using Plotly. Now Internet of Thing ...
Hi all,   I want to thank Element 14 and Texas Instruments for selecting me for the challenge.   Project overview. I had initially proposed to implement a lightning sensor or a birdfeeder defense against squirrels.  I chose the lightning sensor, both because I need it for my photography work, but also because I had a brilliant idea, which will remain a surprise for now. In my area, Ohio USA, we get a fair number of lightning storms each year.  In August/September, we can ...
Thanks for selecting our project -- we're thrilled!   Hoping to have something to show in time for http://birdmeetings.org/aoucossco2014/ ...
bksutherland

Thanks!

Posted by bksutherland Aug 13, 2014
I am excited to be participating and humbled to be with all these other interesting proposals.  Thanks Texas Instruments and Element 14 for selecting me. Shopping for non-electronic supplies at Canadian Tire now.   Really interested in Timothy Nott's project, as I have a birdfeeder #iot for research purposes as well. @UTMBioOrnithCam   Project: IoT Soil Humidity Detector Synopsis: I would measure the soil humidity to trigger my sprinkler once a day during dry periods, and not ...
Many thanks to all who applied for the Internet of the Backyard Challenge; we apologise for the delay in announcing those who have been selected, the entries gave Texas Instruments much to ponder. As much as we would like to support even more proposals, nevertheless we have narrowed it down to the following ten challengers - Janis Alnis Christopher Bailey Don Bertke Bill Crum Colin Gerrish Steve Hamilton Lukasz Krysiewicz Timothy Nott Matthias Stutz Brian Sutherland Please note: in or ...