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Hey Guys,   Thought I would make the eye ball part for this week, but found out the Thermal sensor to be broken, have ordered a new one wondering how long its gonna take for delivery. While walking around I found this monitor over the trash, I took it home.   After reading about it, I had a second thought of using this fellow. Its back light is CCFL which is supposed to have some mercury and the panel was broken, while the one salvaged from the Dell  was LED and also intact ( ...
If your a fan of Stephen Hawking's then this blog post is for you !!  As part of this blog post, we am going to setup eSpeak on the Intel Edison and have it read out today's weather condition via a speaker connected to the USB port of Edison Arduino breakout.     eSpeak is a compact open source software speech synthesizer for English and other languages, for Linux and Windows and it runs perfectly on Yacto linux. To read more about eSpeak check out the documentation at sourc ...
Back again! In this post I will discuss my progress combining the typewriter and the Edison together. In case you missed them, here are my previous posts: Post 3 Post 2 Post 1   In my last post, I mentioned that my LED testing board revealed a problem with my circuit: the inputs are sensitive to vibration and give off a lot of glitches as I type. I had come up with some code to get around this, but later I thought that it might be better to try to solve the problem with hardware instead ...
<< Previous Project Index Next>>   Connectivity alternatives   My initial idea was to connect Edison directly to the smoke detector. But I've read a post by Peter Scargill mentioned early by mcb1 In this post Peter was talking about Alarm Smoke Notifier, which is using audio signal instead of embedded connection. I've analyzed pros and cons of both options. Criteria Audio Link Embedding Coding complexity Medium (separating noise from detector sound) High (power mode ...
<< Previous Blog Index Next >> The blog of this week is completely about hardware.   PCBs arrived Last  week the PCBs arrived. As a student 30 years ago I made my own PCBs with rub-down symbols and black tape on transparencies. The transparencies were transferred to photosensitive print material using an UV light-box whereafter the print material was etched using dirty toxic chemicals. For this challenge it was the first time I made a PCB the clean way, by drawing in Eag ...
Here is a quick and easy way to get your Intel Edison connected to the Internet !! using the simple python program below to connect to IFTTT.   If you have been living under a rock and not heard about IFTTT, here is a quick intro from Wikipedia - IFTTT (If This Than That)is a free web-based service that people use to create chains of simple conditional statements, called applets. An applet is triggered by changes that occur within other web services such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, or ...
Goals for my 5th BLOG entry of the Upcycle It Challenge: Due April 27th. LCD - DONE Web interface to turn on/off relay and LED - Move to BLOG #6 (due date 4/30) Inputs to select what is displayed on the LCD with regular updates (once a minute) - Move to #8 Via inputs in node-red Via web page Storage for output states in Node-Red - Moved to #7 Client connect get initial update - Moved to #7 Real status of outputs - Moved to #7 Feed back to WS Update state database Pull external data via ...
After discounting the transistor based H-Bridges in the original car, I started experimenting with the TB6612FNG module. Despite its small size, it should be able to easily to take the few hundred mA needed for the motors. My first experiments with this were not successful, every time I hooked up the motor supply connector the current shot up and the supply voltage collapsed causing the Edison to reset. After a few hours of double checking all the wiring and general frustration, I swapped to ...
nandohila

Edison kit has arrived!

Posted by nandohila Apr 26, 2017
It took longer than I expect to get it but it might be because I am halfway across the world. Anyway, it's still plenty of time to get it going.   No problems at all installing the configuration tool and flashing the firmware following the Intel get started guide. https://software.intel.com/en-us/get-started-edison-windows   ...
Software Exploration continues.   I am afraid this week my post is not going to offer to many things, as I do not have to report really much progress myself. The reason being that I am still trying to make my Nokia 5110 LCD with Graphics capabilities, work under node.js in XDK environment. I have spent long hours to accomplish that task, but I have not reached my desired goal yet. In my last post I explained how my LCD works nicely under Arduino IDE, but in order to have the U8g2 grap ...
The upcycle concept is being applied in every stage of the project. This time was a desk lamp that became the centre light mounting.   We cut the cone part so the light will be completely exposed. The flexible gooseneck will be very handy for loading and unloading growing trays inside the drum. It can be easily bent away and returned to position.     We also adapted the pulley to fit the stepper motor shaft and bolted it into a bracket so we can hinge it to adjust the belt te ...
UpCycle IT – R2I INDEX:   Blog #1_”Introduction” Blog #2_”Designing” Blog #3 "The Kit" Blog #4_"Mother Natures Version" Blog #5_"Research" Blog #6_"Competition01" Blog #7_"Edison Setup" Blog #8_"Edison 2 Ardunio" Blog #9_"Grove-ON" Blog #10_"Hot2Not"   Blog #6 - Competition 01   Previously I had shared Mother Nature and her scoffing at my project.  Here are some more updates on that side of the Guinea House!   I went out in the morning ...
Hi guys,   So planned out things... So started with the Amp and the Speakers.   The Amplifier board is based on PAM8403, which says its a Class D Amplifier with a 3W + 3W Output. The speakers were from Radioshack, Each 4Ω.   Started to solder out.   A bit of soldering, Low pass filters and some testing....   Things were smooth till I smelled it, Yep the Amp-IC was about to burn, the output terminals were short. Hopefully I had a spare Board (Still I have ...
I'm not quite sure when I bought the Furby but I do remember the Furby Autopsy website inspiring the purchase. So that suggests it was perhaps after 1998. When I recently checked there are some others that have also done some investigations including puppeteers and universities. A big thanks to Kelly Heaton for giving me permission to re-use her image showing the key parts of the Furby. As you can see there are loads of switches and sensors all over the Furby, there are also lots of moving pa ...
UpCycle IT – R2I INDEX:   Blog #1_”Introduction” Blog #2_”Designing” Blog #3 "The Kit" Blog #4_"Mother Natures Version" Blog #5_"Research" Blog #6_"Competition01" Blog #7_"Edison Setup" Blog #8_"Edison 2 Ardunio" Blog #9_"Grove-ON" Blog #10_"Hot2Not"   Blog #5 - Research     So under Hobbies, I believe Researcher is a very appropriate label for me.  :-)  Especially as I delve in the varied aspects of melding technology and farming ...
<< Previous Project Index Next>>   Questions about risk management In the comments to my last week blog post mcb1 and DAB brought to my attention importance of exception handling. The following questions needs to be answered: What happens when communication from a detector not received in a preset time? How to verify connections and operating of sensors? What happens when there is more then one detector in the same area and one of them stops reporting? What happens w ...
I finally received my package   a couple of days back on Thursday, after the package made couple of trips from Chicago to Los Angeles and back again. A big thanks to rscasny for helping me out, and quickly re-sending package.   As part of today's blog post I have managed to setup connect the Intel Edison on the Arduino base board to show the IP address assigned to the Intel Edison by my WiFi router and also show the temperature from the Grove temperature on the RGB LCD screen which ca ...
<< Previous Blog Index Next >> This week I played a lot with the Edison software tools. In my fourth blog I described my first steps using the Arduino SDK. As I was not completely happy with that, I switched to XDK, Node.js and Node-RED. I also detected that my firmware wasn't updated by then. This is also fixed now. Node-RED is a visual programming environment. To be honest normally my preference does not ly with visual programming, I rather prefer Matlab for instance above LabVi ...
ochikov

Blog 2

Posted by ochikov Apr 21, 2017
Getting Familiar with Intel Edison   Hello, These days I have installed everything connected with Intel Edison:   Drivers, Linux Distribution I have updated the software   I also installed Intel XDK developer platform and run some examples that are provided with the platform itself. I start using NODE.JS I also test some examples for creating a phone application with temperature sensor.   Some pictures:   ...
Hello again! In this post I will discuss my progress regarding the key-detection feature of the Hermes 3000 Upcycled Typewriter project. If you missed my first two posts you can view them here: Post 1 Post 2   In my last post I showed how I attached loops of copper wire to the typewriter to act as part of a "normally-closed" switch (with the type-bars acting as the other part). I have now attached wires to these loops so they can be connected to the shift registers. Check out this pictur ...
The Design Since one of my goals is to force myself to use Node-Red, I have to work inside the parameters of Node-Red. While I am at it, I want to make something practical, so I am going to write this as being more module so that I could isolate the Edison from the real world. Lets start with a block diagram. Now let me tell you what is happening: Node-Red is running on the Edison, I call it Eddy2. This has access to the GPIO Exposes the GPIO to websockets (WS) and MQTT Logic to control GP ...
My main concerns about the car were the high driving position and general space for the electronics. There were some handy screws on the front and back so I though those would make good points to attach my own platform. There is also a bit of flex in the chassis now so my additions will need to include re-enforcement.   Car Modifications Before: The car base Step 1: After removing the battery box the platform was still quite high Stripped: So I stripped it down even further ...
Software experiences. Last time I had stopped saying that my next task would be to make my LCD display, a Nokia 5110 work with the Edison. Using that display in a number of Arduino projects, I was quite happy with the U8Glib library that could cover all shorts of graphics including a number of quality true type fonts. The bad news however, came when I tried to test compiling with that. I got an incompatibility message saying that the library was only for Arduino or AVR, so it could not be ...
Now that we have pretty much disassembled the clock, we’re working on rewiring it so each system in the clock functions before reassembly. We had a few problems with publishing this blog due to some unexpected delays(and lack of communication due to traveling/sicknesses) but hope to be able to maintain a more consistent pace over the next few weeks.   Progress summary: Finished creation of button + potentiometer interface that will be affixed to the top of the clock Got I2C to work ...
Hi there, one of the latest adquisitions for the project was the T ring fro the camera.     This is the first time that I try it and it works super cool.   Some of the expected changes are: - There is no more autofocus from the camera, it is necessary to make focus with the telescope. - The F is fixed and not possible to modify it. - The zoom is fixed and some extra accesories might be necessary to have extra zoom.     Here we have some of the pictures initiall ...
Hi guys,   Say hello to funeka, the skull.   After salvaging the parts and before ruining the skull i took a close look of the skull and started to clearly plan out things. The jaw were attached using a set of springs.   those were really hard springs, the motor or the stepper couldn't have enough torque to pull it.   So I decided to replace the spring with a piece of elastic so the motor could pull.   Further placing a motor on the top is not possible, again t ...
Motor investigation Before committing too much time to the car, I wanted to check over the motors. The key things to look at were ensuring they rotate freely and to determine the correct motor voltage. Because the motors are sealed it's not possible to check much else such as brushes or bearings. I have taken these kind of motors apart before but I did not want to risk being in the situation of not being able to put them back together. I started by disconnecting the RC controller board so the ...
<< Previous Project Index Next>>   Alarms Monitor and design decisions   Alarms monitor is the one of the main components. It listens to alarms, sends notifications and commands. It relies on MQTT broker for communication. MQTT protocol allows fine tune communication depending on specific context. Here are several design decision that I've made to configure it for my connected smoke detector.   Quality of Service (QoS) MQTT protocol supports three types of QoS. ...
UpCycle IT – R2I INDEX:   Blog #1_”Introduction” Blog #2_”Designing” Blog #3 "The Kit" Blog #4_"Mother Natures Version" Blog #5_"Research" Blog #6_"Competition01" Blog #7_"Edison Setup" Blog #8_"Edison 2 Ardunio" Blog #9_"Grove-ON" Blog #10_"Hot2Not"   Blog #4 - Mother Natures Version (AKA "The Competition")   In appreciation of Spring and all of the Easter Chicks being sold locally here, I thought I would discuss a little on one of the reasons ...
This is my project "WiFi Connected Smoke Detector" blog index for Upcycle It design challenge. This project will make my home a safer place with the reuse of old smoke detector and Intel Edison Arduino Kit.   Number Link 1 [Upcycle It] WiFi Connected Smoke Detector #1: Introduction 2 [Upcycle It] WiFi Connected Smoke Detector #2: Hello, Edison! 3 [Upcycle It] WiFi Connected Smoke Detector #3: Connecting dots - MQTT + Node.js + Slack 4 [Upcycle It] WiFi Connected Smoke Detector #4: Monitor ...
<< Previous Blog Index Next >> In blog post [Upcycle It] Nixie Display #2 - Investigations I explained my plan to replace the 7490's with a small circuit board with an I/O extender in order to drive the BCD inputs on the 74141 display drivers. Member COMPACT suggested to use a PSoC. I did a nice project in the past on a 5LP (PSoC 5LP usage for Software defined radio receiver.) from which experience I'm sure PSoC is a good candidate. Nevertheless, I decided to solve it the easy way, ...
Hi, I wanted since several days to write this post and show some of the interesting design choices taken in these days.   First at all, initially I was having a choice to use a dc motor with encoder to control the movement of the telescope mount.   Unfortunatelly, I discovered, that my motor was actually a 127 ac motor. I thought about using a drive for this motor in order to manage the speed. But I thought that I am planning to use the telescope mount in camping areas, away from lig ...
Hello guys,   Just started to break and extract things out.   Here are some speakers from Radio Shack, I had those amps lying around.   Unscrew and opening up the CD Drives        A few motors and Lasers with grating.   Things to be Repurposed. and the LCD salvage from a Dell All in One (Google Images)   Cheers, ...
As part of this weeks update, while I wait for my package to arrive, I have got the project underway by 3D designing and printing test part for two of the mirror panels as you see in the picture below. As of now, I have the 3D printed parts printed in blue PLA, but as part of the final setup I plan to have the parts printed in wood PLA and apply wood stain to match the rustic look of the clock..   The first panel is going to hold the display, here I plan to use the Grove LCD RGB backlight ...
Hello everyone! Just a short update this week. I got the package in the mail! Everything arrived and is ready to go. I've been looking through the classifieds for the rest of the major parts I need: a deep cycle marine battery and an old bicycle. Things have been a little crazy around here as Finals are approaching, but they will settle down soon so I can get to making. Expect a longer blog post soon!! - Megan Rose   ...
Meeting with Intel's Edison   Well, since my last post, I received my Edison next morning, so I will report my experiences and ideas from the first days of trying to use it. I think that is quite important, so that others could be benefited from that.   Establishing an operating environment. a. Arduino IDE I decided not to use it and to have it removed. Mark was kind enough to advise me the same thing, as it could only create problems than uploading sketches.; I added Edison boar ...
After I have two OS's installed and running on the Edison, I wanted to test. I am looking to use NodeJS and Python to complete most or all of my Upcycle It challenge, so with either OS, I need to know things are going to work before I go down the wrong path, spin my wheels in the mud and go back to get on the right path. Now I think there is not a right path in this challenge, but I know there is going to be a path that is less rocky and have fewer mud holes.   My Test Setup In thing about ...
As mentioned previously my daughter helped me assemble the Edison and Arduino breakout board. Installation I followed the Getting Started with the Edison guide for Win32. The drivers download page suggested that the drivers were only for 64bit Windows but installed just fine, as did the FTDI drivers. However when I ran the setup the Intel Edison Setup application it seemed to remove those drivers and replace with some others. Once the new drivers were installed I picked the option to download ...
ochikov

Blog 1

Posted by ochikov Apr 10, 2017
Hello Everybody, So far I have received the KIT Now I am starting with the following activities:   My first task is to setup the kit - Mount the Intel Edison and make it run. I have watch a couple of videos in youtube how  to do it, so for this week, I think that this will be my task. I want also to run just one sensor, to know that it is running and there to get run the others. As you can see from my proposal, I have a weather station for inside and outside, however I don't hav ...
As I am still waiting for the kit, I will share some more updates about the washing machine preparation.   As we suspected, the original machine motor is too much for turning the drum at such low RPM (1-3 RPM). Maybe the new washing machine models will have those multiphase motors that could be hacked to operate as a step motor but this is not the case of the 1996 washing machine we have.   The solution will be using a stepper motor (also upcycled from an old printer). Using a steppe ...
The project has to be analyzed and decomposed in different smaller parts in order to make it manageable. For this purpose, a system diagram and a Software Architecture diagram have been created in order to visualize bettern the different challenges and parts necessary to achieve the goal.   First, we can find the System Diagram, where the different hardware parts are represented and their interactions. It shows as well the different Mechanical and Electronic parts needed for this project. ...
UpCycle IT – R2I INDEX:   Blog #1_”Introduction” Blog #2_”Designing” Blog #3 "The Kit" Blog #4_"Mother Natures Version" Blog #5_"Research" Blog #6_"Competition01" Blog #7_"Edison Setup" Blog #8_"Edison 2 Ardunio" Blog #9_"Grove-ON" Blog #10_"Hot2Not" Blog #3 - "The Kit" arrives!   As can be seen across the blogs of the UpCycle It Design Challenge, our Kits have been arriving!  Woohoo!   I have had some PC hardware issues and I am trying a ...
<< Previous Project Index Next >> Integration Design   Once sensor detects smoke, it will publish a message to MQTT topic. Then this message will be passed to a mobile application and at the same time will be converted to a command to switch of all connected electric appliances in the room where smoke has been detected. It is important to define the topic model before coding.   MQTT Topics structure   I've used a topics structure from a best practices article ...
The Hermes 3000 is back! Sorry for the delay but here is my 2nd post showing my progress on the upcycled typewriter project.   As stated in my introduction post, my initial idea was to place some sort of photo-interrupters under the keys to detect which key was being pressed. However, I soon realized that this could not fit under the top row of the keyboard . So, I decided to go with a more basic approach. I removed the front cover of the typewriter (usually you remove this to change the r ...
<< Previous Blog Index Next >> As mentioned in my previous blog the kit arrived this week. I couldn't resist to start playing. In this post I briefly mention my experience. Intel has a sound startup guide: https://software.intel.com/en-us/iot/hardware/edison. Also mcb1 wrote a very thorough introductory guide for the Edison (First Steps - Intel Edison ). It is not my intention to repeat what others already wrote, instead I focus on the aspects which differ in my case. I don't know fo ...
Looking at my overall objective for the challenge I've broken down the work into some steps.   Motors testing Furby testing Lighting Power supply Driving motors O/S and prerequisites Playing sounds / speech Activating the Furby Software   Motors testing Review the car motors to see what voltage and current they require. Ensure that the car platform still works.   Furby testing See how the Furby is put together, look at controlling the main drive motor and reading sensors. ...
<< Previous Blog Index Next >> Got my kit yesterday.  I'm very happy it was here so soon.  Got it all out and made an unboxing video. Great that we got two Edison modules.   ...
Hi Guys,   Just came from home from Holiday. and someone was at the door already..... Yea the kits have arrived     The gaiety of seeing new hardware    Couldn't Resist myself so started to work on it     You can find the drivers and Yocto images over Intel webpage https://software.intel.com/en-us/iot/hardware/edison/downloads and Grove Library from seeedstudio GitHub depository https://github.com/Seeed-Studio/Sketchbook_Starter_Kit_V2.0   ...
While waiting for the Edison to arrive, I had planned to discuss about the software. Before doing that, I will refer to some software related issues that I faced, while trying to set up an Edison environment on my computer so that I can be ready by the time the hardware arrives.   Unfortunately I do not have my old faithful Linux HP anymore, so I am using a Lenovo 10” 4 core ATOM tablet PC with 2 GB of RAM that has Win10 Home edition pre-installed. The machine is fine for doing almo ...
Index for my Upcycle It design challenge project, in which I'm using the Intel® Edison to upcycle an old Nixie Display found in my attic.   Blog postsBlog Number Blog Link 1 [Upcycle It] Nixie Display #1 - Introduction 2 [Upcycle It] Nixie Display #2 - Investigations 3 [Upcycle It] Nixie Display #3 - Unboxing 4 [Upcycle It] Nixie Display #4 - Got Started with the Intel® Edison Development Board on macOS 5 [Upcycle It] Nixie Display #5 - I2C Interface to display drivers 6 [Upcycl ...
<< Previous Blog Index Next >>   In my first blog post I  described the idea and plan of converting my old nixie pulse counter to a versatile number display. My plan was based only on visual investigation of the hardware. In this post I will describe some test and measurements in order to get a solid plan for the conversion.   Nixie power Member mads391i asked for the power rating of the nixie tubes. Although not completely necessary to know for the purpose of the pr ...
  Summary of completed work thus far:   Confirmed that the USB sound adapter works. We used a computer running Ubuntu to emulate an Intel Edison running Yocto. We chose to use the default Yocto due to previous experience with Linux. We began to turn the bell at the top into a button/potentiometer system for changing volume and playback/skip on alarm functions) Took apart another clock to gain a gear box with the pins needed to control clock pins. We plan to attach a servo to the bl ...
One of the key features of the car is the lights. This will consist of headlights, brake lights and indicators. The thought is that the headlights can be controlled by the users and the indicators and brake lights will trigger automatically based on the motion of the car. Either way they will all ultimately be controlled by the Intel Edison and it's likely I'll use the Arduino breakout and Grove shield for its pluggable headers.   Headlights The other year I had some LED downlights that fai ...
While we wait for our Intel Edison Kit, we started preparing the washing machine to become the rotary grower.     The first step was removing the counterweight. As a rotary grower, the drum will turn at a very low RPM so no need for those 2 pieces of concrete weighing more than 20kg. We thought that would be the easiest part of the project. However, due to rust and hard access to the bolts, we had no other option than using a grinder and a jackhammer in order to get rid of this dead ...
First thing I do what I get the kit is stop working, un-box the kit, and take some pictures while exploring.   Ubilinux Two Edison's, great that takes care of one issue, what OS to use.  I started by mounting an Edison on the Arduino board and installing Ubilinux on it. Also I do not want to install from Windows, so I am installing form a laptop running Ubuntu 14.04.  I found that Spartfun has some great resources for this, so why re-invent the wheel. I started by plugging in bo ...
<< Previous Project Index Next >>   Initial setup of Edison boards The setup process completed successfully. I was able to setup and flash both boards. But the initial setup consumed much more time then I've anticipated. Here are some thoughts about initial configuration of Edison: The reset button is located on the board and must be used as part of the flashing process. It was not very clear for me from the documentation. A simple picture may help a lot. I think the se ...