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Internet of the Backyard

7 Posts authored by: BigG
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...