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Source: freescale.com, arm.com This white paper was developed in collaboration with Global Strategy and Business Development, Freescale and Emerging Technologies, ARM.   We’re entering a new era of computing technology that many are calling the Internet of Things (IoT). Machine to machine, machine to infrastructure, machine to environment, the Internet of Everything, the Internet of Intelligent Things, intelligent systems—call it what you want, but it’s happening, and its ...
Source: White paper from David Niewolny, Healthcare Segment Manager, Freescale Semiconductor   In the Internet of Things (IoT), devices gather and share information directly with each other and the cloud, making it possible to collect, record and analyze new data streams faster and more accurately. That suggests all sorts of interesting possibilities across a range of industries: cars that sense wear and tear and self-schedule maintenance or trains that dynamically calculate and report proj ...
The Internet of Things is here and more engineers than ever are optimizing their designs for an increasingly connected world. Here we present 7 webinars that have taken place on element14 over the last few months, where industry experts explain the intricacies of the IoT and discuss the opportunities that a connected world can bring for EE design. 1. Designing for the Internet of Things This webinar addresses the three main problems with designing an IoT solution. It divides the focus i ...
The Internet of The Backyard challenge is now in full flow and with our contestants well under way in creating their connected backyard devices, this got the element14 team thinking... What is the greatest ever backyard win? For example, have you ever built an epic barbeque, constructed a fortress like tree house, or maybe you made a palatial bird so fantastic it send could have housed a pterodactyl? TO ENTER: Share your backyard win below in the comments section (with a picture if you have ...
This blog post is part of a collection, click here for links to the entire set, and a review of the products. Introduction The TI CC11XL Development Kit arrived today as part of an Agilent and TI roadtest, so I decided to take some photos and a quick video before examining it further.   This development kit is ideal if you want to create wireless connectivity solutions. It allows you to experiment with the transceivers, try out the built-in software with in-built sensors, and prototype y ...
A mock up of how Daniel McGrane's SmartBell would be used in practice (via Daniel McGrane) 23 year-old student, Daniel McGrane had created a concept that allows the truly lazy to become even lazier. In a society obsessed with making life easier via 'smart' technology, it seems that answering the doorbell is no exception. McGrane's concept won the #GetItDownOnPaper competition sponsored by Sharp, a leader in 'smart' electronic home goods.   The SmartBell is McGrane's innovative techno ...
Introduction Attempting to put up a shelf over the weekend to create my own lab, I couldn’t find my mains power tracer. These things are used to detect buried mains cables in walls; the detectors are low cost, and available at DIY stores. The more wiring that is stuck into homes the more important such a tool becomes.   With the local stores being shut on a Sunday, I figured it was time to either borrow one or build one.   This post documents an AC mains power tracer that can b ...
Intro   These days drones are getting very popular and affordable. There are numerous projects, tutorial, online shops and you can build a very simple one for couple of bucks or you can get a very sophisticated si-fi machine that can fly safely with your pricey video equipment. This tutorial is about my attempt to build a quadcopter for the purposes of IoT. I guess it is not something that you can't buy for a certain amount, but it is so much sweeter if you can build it by yourself, do expe ...
For my WeatherBrella, I'm hoping to use a single NeoPixel in the handle, so I did some investigating and found out that SparkCore had already adjusted the Adafruit NeoPixel library to work with their microcontroller. So, here is a single NeoPixel on D2 hooked up, with power coming from the USB. I'm starting to gain some comfort in using the website to adjust the program, which then makes it ready for the SparkCore app on my phone. I'm able to merely flash it on my phone using the WiFi connection ...
back to the base project The Electronic Referee   OK, so you have done al the samples, used buttons on a breadboard etc. etc. Now you want to interface stuff from the real world into your microcontroller   If you have not watched the previous video, then please do for how to drive BIG loads from you microcontroller using OPTO Isolators. Drive BIG things with added safety. OPTO Isolators   The real world is an evil place for microcontrollers, loads of EMF to mess with you and bl ...
Back to the base project... The Electronic Referee   So if you have not watched the first video, go do that now and then come back to this one, you can find it here Driving BIG loads with your micro controller - no isolation   This video extends what you will have learned from the previous blog and adds an OPTO Isolator into the mix, for added safety and to protect the microcontroller from EMF and other bad things   The OPTO isolator provides over 4KV of isolation and is easily ...
Back to the base project The Electronic Referee So you have done blinky with an LED on the board, Now what   You want to drive a BIG LED like a 12V, 10W variety or something, well how you going to do that, the micro certainly cant do it without help and a Relay will still need a driver   You want to drive a BIG Servo or other motor up to 24V, well how you going to do that, the micro certainly cant do it without help and a Relay will still need a driver   These and many oth ...

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