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The UnCoStat (Unnecessarily Complex Thermostat) design process has officially kicked off! I received my PSoC4 Pioneer kit yesterday and ordered a bunch of parts today.   Concept and Block Diagram First I started with a block diagram to get a handle on all the different pieces. Then I want to see what is new or difficult and what needs to be done first. I think graphically, so this is what I sketched: I sort the pieces into priority. I make it a high priority if other things depend on it, i ...
I have some updates on what was achieved in this week. Some risks loom large. However its Deepawali folks so Enjoy!   Here is the progress so far on the first stage of the project:   Stage 1: Preparation Download necessary software + Datasheets - Complete Downloaded schematics and Family datasheet for PSoC 4200 All Manual and Appnotes downloaded - Getting sleep reading them though Development Suit - Partially complete but the rest would be helpful for the community Installed PSoC C ...
Preparations With my own deadline of the week before Christmas I commenced procuring the important parts for the prototype. These are the PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit and WS2812B LEDs. Element14 Australia had the Pioneer Kits in stock and they arrived the next day. Unfortunately Element14 does not stock the WS2812B LEDs just yet so I had to resort to ebay and ordered two sets of LEDs elsewhere. One set arrived about 2 weeks later and the first set are apparently still in transit some six weeks later ...
So I got a little package in the mail today.     Thanks to Cypress Semiconductor for the development board, and many thanks to element14 for this great contest.  Since I need to do some research before ordering parts or getting equipment, the first few posts will be mostly theory and concepts.  I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun.  So, without further ado, I present: the SteadyClip.   So what is the concept? Well everyone has a video camcorder these days. ...
Hello to you all! I would like to give you an overview of my project idea I am planning to execute for this challenge. I have called this project Smigth as a shortened version of smart light system. Probably all of us have seen some movies on youtube showing automation systems for homes. I don't know about you, but I would like to have one of these at my place. There is one tiny problem which prevents me from getting it. These systems are pretty expensive. That is why I want to realize an afford ...
wireb

Delivery and some links

Posted by wireb Oct 30, 2013
Look what came in the mail today:   And here are the poor neglected plants   And found a few good links on the various types of soil moisture sensors I though I would share. http://test.gardenology.org/wiki/Measure_Soil_Moisture#Soil_Electrolyte_Meters and http://micah.waldste.in/blog/2010/09/grow_with_arduino_far_too_much_on_moisture_sensing/   Next up need to experiment with some soil and probes.  ...
Hi all,   I don't yet have the dev kit, but I've been familiarising myself with creator, and checking out a bunch of datasheet and apps notes on psoc.   I've also broken my project down into bunch of hardware/firmware blocks and working out what the IO spread needs to be.   - LEDs and drive - Piezo and drive - Ambient light sensing - 3-axis accelerometer measurement - battery/charge system - touch/proximity - magnet detection   Once all of these are in place the will ...
Introduction   Every single year Christmas displays become more elaborate.  What started out a set of fancy incandescent light bulbs on a tree and a string of coloured incandescent lights on a house in the 1960s has now become a full light stage show with animatronics puppets. With such grandness comes a whole raft of issues. The ones that stand out to me are – the setup, the lack of synchronisation between lights, the pack up and stowing of all of the equipment when the festiv ...
Hi all, below is a description of my entry in the challenge.   A set and forget bicycle safety light that would require no input from the user other than maintenance (namely battery charging). The light would automatically manage active/inactive state, a number of active states (moving, stationary et al), low battery alerting, and could also be manually controlled.   Production hardware might include:   - PSoC4 - Analog light sensor - 2 or 3 axis accelerometer - PWM'd multiple LED ...
Since I received the email of being accepted for the challenge was almost as exiting as when I turned on my first LED. So lets talk about my idea and hope to get other as exited as I am about it. What I will be building can be viewed as a geocaching device for the car. While it is true I like to think of it is a little more (way more). Keep on going and decide for yourself.   Overview: The PSoC will be installed in a car gathering data from a GPS module and different sensors to create a pr ...
I’m looking into coffee makers to use as the basis of my design. It seems like a logical first step since it will help me narrow down what features are viable. I still haven’t decided if I want to use an espresso machine or one that just makes coffee.   The case for using an espresso machine   An espresso machine is needed to make a wide variety of drinks. Espresso is used in lattes, mochas, cappuccinos and Americanos. It is also generally more impressive, a coffee maker ...
diodedan

Kickoff

Posted by diodedan Oct 28, 2013
Hello Everyone,   This is my first blog post. The focus of my project will be using the PSoC 4's analog integration and low power modes to create a sleep sensor. The sleep sensor will use the observed tendency of humans peripheral body temperature drop (http://www.stanford.edu/~dement/temp.html) during sleep.   For this project, it is going to be critical to get very low power so that I can have a small battery to reduce the annoyance of having the solution attached to me. In a comme ...
Hello e14 community. My proposal for the design challenge is for a smart thermostat, but that sounds really boring, so I call it The UnCoStat for The Unnecessarily Complex Thermostat!. I have been thinking about the ideal thermostat since our 20 year old programmable thermostat broke last spring. We bought a new one, but neither my wife nor I am completely happy with it. I have looked at a lot of other thermostats but nothing is exactly what we want. Once I started contemplating what the ideal t ...
Last week, I got a call from Element14 that my idea was selected for the Road-test on the PSoC 4 Pioneer kit in Smarter Life Challenge. This was a pleasant surprise for a weekend to begin. Thanks to Element14, Cypress and Cadsoft for selecting the DAS project.   Over the last two days I have tired to construct a basic plan for the development of the DAS project. It includes the possible risks in the development due to delivery delays for the kits and the materials that I am about to order. ...
New to this whole blog thing so please excuse any spelling / grammar issues.   My smarter life project idea is an intelligent house plant watering system. Initial goal is to build a system that can monitor soil moisture of my small collection of house plants and dispense water as needed. Currently that typically only gets done when I think of it which is usually after there is major wilting. The system will need to be self sufficient or at the very least be able to alert me when maintenan ...
If you like my project vote for "A Smarter Tricopter - Yuri Tikhonov"   Good day comrades! I am very glad for the opportunity to participate in a Smarter Life Challenge! The last few years, I am fond of RC models. I already have a wheeled robot, several helicopters and completely DIY micro-quadrocopter. It is time for tricopter!   So, the main features of this project are: Frame construction: Classic tricopter (weight ~0.75kg). "Heart" of tricopter: PSoC 4. BLDC ESC's with custo ...
To start with I’m doing some research on the PSoC 4, it looks like it is pretty flexible. I've installed Creator, starting up shouldn't take too long since I’m already familiar with C, and several circuit board layout programs. Since this is an analog and digital device it uses a combination of both, the use of discrete components which can be schematically combined into a real circuit is new to me and has some very interesting potential. The development environment looks like it has ...
The finalists for the Smarter Life competition have been announced - see the full list here The PSOC® 4 represents a smarter phase of embedded technology and life! The PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit is an easy-to-use and inexpensive development platform enabling you to create unique designs with the flexibility of PSoC 4. Featuring a member of the PSoC 4200 family, this kit gives you the power of an ARM Cortex-M0 combined with the fully customizable analog and digital fabric of the PSoC in the palm ...
It is with great pleasure that I announce our 15 finalists for the Smarter Life Competition.  Cypress and element14 apologise for the delay, however there were so many great entries, it was difficult to choose.  Indeed, we expanded our list of finalists from 10 to 15.  Furthermore, many of those who are not on this list can expect to receive kit from Cypress for their projects (though not the budget); this will be announced in a further posting. Without further ado, here are the f ...
Cypress and element14 are pleased to annouce the PSoC 4 Smarter Life Design Challenge!     Are you a Pioneer? Systems and appliances around our homes, offices and cars still lack intelligence and require a lot of manual control. With the advent of single-board computers, engineers can now create ground-breaking applications that will revolutionize the world. Get ready to design for the future with PSoC 4 to make it more convenient, fun, and SMARTER!       View ...