Learning by doing

I wanted to share some information about an internal project my team is working on. My team is a group of technical advisors that support our large ecosystem of Canadian Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who build commercial solutions on our platform. One of our ongoing challenges is to understand all of the many technologies available…

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Is our Smart Home secure?

Sergiy Baydachnyy
Sergiy Baydachnyy

Last two month I read many articles about smart devices and their problems with security. In general, almost all smart devices don’t have any security features. At the same time, many manufacturers continue to push a message that their devices are designed for local area network that is secure and you should not have any…


My tryst with IoT (Internet of Things) –Part 1

Adarsha Datta
Adarsha Datta

I finally decided to delve in this wave that everyone seems to be talking about – Internet of Things! Through this series, I will describe my experience with each of the components that I get to play with. After speaking to a lot of startups, attending several IOT architecture sessions, reading about the various associated…

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Internet of Things via Microcontrollers: Introduction

Sergiy Baydachnyy
Sergiy Baydachnyy

Looks like I have enough microcontrollers and boards in order to start (once again) my training about Internet of Things. I have decided to select a non-standard approach in the training, presenting more stuff about microcontrollers rather than about Arduino/Netduino/MyDuino boards, Let’s see if you like that. I will try to publish at least one module per…


Smart bulbs or how to be lazier (part 2)

In the previous post we discussed which components we can use in order to connect ZigBee bulb to AllJoyn network. Today, we will try to assemble all these components and, finally, to switch on the bulb. First of all, we have to setup the XBee controller. We are going to control all our bulbs from…


From Arduino to Energia

I still remember that seven or eight years ago developers had to pay from USD400 to 900 in order to buy a development board. And even if you had a board, you needed to pay some money for software development tools. Finally, using the board and the tool you could start develop your application using…


Smart bulbs or how to be lazier (part 1)

Probably, AllJoyn is the only topic that I have never covered in my posts. I simply don’t have any AllJoyn device. Once Microsoft introduced AllJoyn support I discovered that the cheapest LED costs around fifty American dollars and my positive attitude to AllJoyn decreased to minimum. Of course, I could use my laptop and Raspberry…


PICAXE: good way to get the first experience with microcontrollers

In the previous post I told that when buying an Arduino, Netduino, Nucleo or DragonBoard 410C board, you get the board that can help you achieve two goals: Getting a prototyping board for the selected microcontroller. If you have an idea and even don’t have much knowledge in electronics, you can use the prototyping board…


How to select the right micro board?

“It’s strange. Usually people buy Arduino”, said a seller to another in from my favorite electronic shop in Vancouver. I wanted to buy several chips and a board for development called LaunchPad (MSP-EXP430G2). This board allows to program MSP430G2xx microcontrollers in DIL packages from Texas Instruments and it is definitely not an Arduino compatible board….


IoT For Humans (and Developers) – Getting Started with my Microsoft Band

Making the “Internet of Things” make sense to observers outside the industry is going to take a lot of work. While we might grow frustrated with the overuse and below-required understanding of the term, I would argue that in the industry we have a long way to go to fully understand the implications of security,…