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While I was watching one of the Intel Edison videos, they talked about suppliers.   When I first purchased my Intel Edison, they were so new that third party manufacturers hadn't geared up to support them. Intel had produced a couple but IMO they were limited either by the size, or by a lack of onboard level conversion, hence it sat waiting.   Roll forward to 2017 and those third party maufacturers have come to the party. More importantly the price supports makers that want
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In the last series of posts First Steps - Intel Edison  I outlined installing software, Flashing the image and some frustrations.   Thanks to the kind people at element14, I have an Edison Mini Breakout board to try. https://software.intel.com/en-us/assembling-intel-edison-board-with-intel-edison-mini-breakout-board     I didn't realise that the Edison mini breakout board came with an Edison.           Connections The guide makes this statement ...
This is part of my blogs in the Upcycleit challenge Upcycle It   I purchased an Intel Edison when they first appeared (actually before they were in stock), and they were in the early days.   I quickly found that in order to even power it, you needed another board. While it has WiFi and Bluetooth on board, the GPIO is 1.8v, which means you need level converters to interact with external devices.   Hence it sat waiting for a better time.     This challenge was the cat ...
Back in First Steps - Intel Edison step 4   I reported that for some reason the External DC switcher IC has expired on the Intel Edison Arduino Interface board.   I managed to get a picture of the dead object.   Looks like it has a bubble on the top and it definately doesn't work.   The schematic is available http://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/edison/sb/edison_arduino_hvm_8_26.pdf   U1 is the dead item   So I ordered a couple of ...
In the last posts I managed to get the Intel Edison running on both Laptop and Computer. I was having some issues with OneWire and the I2C library to drive the LCD display.   This post discusses how the Arduino IDE handles libraries ... or should ....     Intel Arduino IDE 1.0.4 for Windows Intel have produced their own IDE to better handle the Intel Edison, so I thought it was only fair I try it, rather than the Arduino release.   I had mentioned the problems of names ...
Following on from the last one First Steps - Intel Edison step 3   After the issues of the previous days, I now have an Intel Edison that seems to be flashed with the latest image, and will talk to my computer.   Arduion IDE I decided to add the Intel Edison to my latest IDE 1.6.9   It says go to Board Manager and scroll down the list until you find Intel i686   I clicked to install it, and low and behold it wanted to download even more 0's and 1's About 56k later, and ...
In the last post First Steps - Intel Edison Arduino I managed to get the Intel Edison running on both Laptop and Computer. I was able to upload the blink sketch and run it.   The sketch doesn't run at bootup, but that's expected (there is a tweak to make it auto-run).     Test Sketch I have a sketch that uses One Wire, I2C LCD, and some Inputs and Outputs.   This is my "go-to" test sketch for a new IDE or board, and it's only fair I throw it at the Intel Edison.   ...
For this that have been following my experiences with the Intel Edison, you'll see that the initial blog has grown. It's been an interesting exercise to determine what exactly is going on, and like most of these things a learning experience.   Following on from First Steps - Intel Edison step 5     Power The last blog was successful in flashing the image and writing an Arduino sketch to the Intel Edison. I made sure I powered it down using the PWR button and holding it for 1 ...
My last steps left me with a flashed image onto the Edison ... or so I thought.   When I plugged it into the home computer, it reported unable to detect the image. Worse was the constant change as it detected, then dropped, detected, dropped (you get the idea) one port.   I was able to connect via PuTTy to the device and it was stuck in a constant reboot mode. I was able to stop it Autobooting by pressing a key at the correct time. Once I had the Autoboot stopped, the dropping als ...
Yesterday I got to this point.  First Steps - Intel Edison step 2       So for some unknown reason, I seem to be going backwards.   Obviously about now I'm starting to make noises or worse. I want to program this on my laptop and I'm not looking forward to repeating it. Somewhere there is 3GB of Hard Drive used, but the 292MB file it downloaded is there.   I decided enough was enough for tonight, and since it came back with exactly the same screen AGAIN I chose Fi ...
In the last post First Steps - Intel Edison  I outlined installing software, and where to find the software.   This post will be about actually making it do something.   Firstly the Edison Module was fitted to the Arduino Breakout board The Grove shield was attached (mine required straightening of the pins). As well as the two rows of headers, the ISP is extended up to the Grove shield, so be careful when connecting the two.   I connected a LED module to D2 as a starting ...
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First Steps - Intel Edison

Posted by mcb1 Top Member Feb 5, 2017
Some time in late 2014 I purchased an Intel Edison About the same time, many manufacturers seemed to be competing for the smallest form factor SBC (Single Board Computer). While it might seem easy to make a small board, adding WiFi and Bluetooth brings the problem to another level, on other boards these features were an add-on.   On the surface it looked like this was certainly a board to add to my collection.   When it arrived, it was astounding how small it was.   This is t ...
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Design Challenge Blogs

Posted by mcb1 Top Member Feb 1, 2017
The latest Design Challenges include a requirement to blog on a regular basis.   Within the TM (Top Member's) Group we've had discussions about how some of the past participants have been a little relaxed in following those Terms and Conditions. Part of the discussion was how some members had approached their own blogs.   When I read the T&C for the latest challenge  Upcycle It  It struck me that if participants didn't have a plan in place, then they may fall into the ...
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Electronic Upcycling ideas

Posted by mcb1 Top Member Jan 31, 2017
Enroll in the Challenge   I explained what I thought Electronic Upcycling was here What is Electronic Up-Cycling   As I explained previously, I'm into Hot Rods, so some of the projects involved adding some electronics to something to give them added value or usefulness. If I was a manufacturer these would be features. Many 'features' were options that were able to be ordered, or in our case only fitted to a more expensive model along with other 'features'.       Veh ...
Enroll in the Challenge   The dictionary says upcycling is :-   and electronics is :- So to me Electronic Upcycling is using semiconductors to create a product of higher quality (or purpose) than the original.   Sounds Simple Well it's very easy to say, and if we think about a few products I'm sure we can start to see what it's about.       E-Bike These are a push bike with an electronic motor attached. Rather than a simple motor, the newer versions hav ...