IOT: The chips in your inexpensive Radio Controlled Car, TX2/RX2

The TX2/RX2 chip provided in the Radio Controlled Cars appears to be the winner when it comes to radio controlled solutions.  Why?  Number of super cheap Radio Controlled cars like the Thunder Tumbler is pretty big and sadly in the US after a couple of bashes into a wall the Tumbler ends up in the…

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IOT: Preparing your broken toy for use with Arduino

Hopefully you found a useful toy that was broken, gently broken that is.  You should have at least the following from the toy, I am using a Thunder Tumbler that I bought the night before Christmas at discount, which is a fairly generic device.  This has four “ground” wheels and one wheel for a “wheelie”…

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IOT: TouchDevelop Generates Arduino Code

For IOT, having a nice design tool chain is a great benefit.  Sure you can crank out C/C++ Wiring code for the Arduino.  So can TouchDevelop, and this means that you could start your coding on your Phone, Tablet, iPad like device or Surface RT.  I like this as it is a way to use…

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IOT: Misread of the Visual Micro on how to set library folder location

Well, Visual Micro does indeed give solid instructions on how to set-up their excellent product, but it is possible to misread the instructions.  For instance I am working on a library or header file to ease the effort of hooking your data to Azure or Office 365 (because if it really more likely an Arduino…

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IOT: Thinking about the Hardware for the Pumpkinduino, part 3

Previous: IOT: Pumpkinduino UML, part 2 Next: IOT Pumpkinduino Part 4 So what embedded device should I use in the Pumpkinduino?  (The pumpkin is shown to the right, lights not shown because they are weak little things and I used a flash.) An Arduino Nano with a radio? An UNO with a Bluetooth Shield or…

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IOT: Halloween Fun! Pumpkinduino! Part 1

  next: IOT: Pumpkinduino UML, part 2 I just got back from the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store, which has seasonal items for Halloween, and home improvement stuff like dishwashers, lumber, hammers, etc.  In my bag I have a pumpkin that uses 3 AA batteries to power either a single led or double led, can’t tell…

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Arduino Netduino Spark.IO: Building a Win 8 app that consumes Spark.IO output part 1: Class Diagram

Note to Cordana: Find out how to extend the Main title before the punctuation symbol colon… Building an Windows 8 app to consume the Spark Core generated javascript/ecmascript, might be a little scary, there are two languages involved, processing.io and C#.  Also, you have to get your Spark connected to the Spark Cloud.  Then you…

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Arduino Netduino: Spark.IO Windows 8 App

Thanks to Jerry Nixon for his assistance in turning an otherwise awful app into one that shines, as well morphing it into a Model View thing.  You will need to flash this code into your Spark.io device (for those readers not familiar with the Spark, check it out, super cheap for the WiFi capabilities). If…

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Arduino Netduino: Oscilloscope and Logic Analyzer

I have been thinking about buying a nice Oscilloscope/Logic Analyzer ever since I bought that little cheapie one I bought a few weeks ago.  But then I thought that it would be cool to build one.  I know how they work, and usually my needs are pretty low tech and low bandwidth.  As a result…

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