[Blabber] Spark Core board adds WiFi to almost everything, takes input from anywhere (video)

Guan Yang guan at yang.dk
Sat May 4 00:14:45 UTC 2013


That appears to be Wi-Fi, hard to "mesh".

On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 8:02 PM, Ben S <ben.sugimori at gmail.com> wrote:

> What about Twine?
> http://supermechanical.com/cloudshield/
> Electric Imp is pretty closed as well, but easy to use.
> BenS
> On May 3, 2013, at 19:58, "Guan Yang" <guan at yang.dk> wrote:
>> ZigBee is horribly closed. 6LoWPAN is the future.
>> 
>> 
>> On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 7:57 PM, Ben S <ben.sugimori at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> So you've tried one?
>>> 
>>> Wouldn't ZigBee/XBee Pro be less power hungry for mesh-networking? What kind of communication are you proposing? Text would be doable.
>>> 
>>> I think quadcopters are only good for tricks and gimmicks. If you want to form a dependable mesh network of flying machines, blimps or gliders would be better. Quads are very limited, in terms of range and battery life. 
>>> 
>>> BenS
>>> 
>>> On May 3, 2013, at 19:15, "Guan Yang" <guan at yang.dk> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> I got in as an early bird. It can be cool for a lot of applications but Wi-Fi is just so power hungry. I know the duty cycles are different, but the transmit current is in the 2-300 mA range rather than the 2-30 mA typical of wireless transceivers designed for microcontrollers.
>>>> 
>>>> I'm looking into various 802.15.4/6LoWPAN SoC parts, including ATmega128RFA1, EM351 (Cortex-M4), mc13224v (ARM7), KW20 (Cortex-M4).
>>>> 
>>>> Maybe small quadcopters can enable an IPv6 mesh network for low speed emergency communication?
>>>> 
>>>> If anyone is interested in embedded mesh networking, maybe we could have a little study group.
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 7:07 PM, Ben S <ben.sugimori at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>> Cool! 
>>>>> 
>>>>> http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/03/spark-core-adds-wifi-to-everything/ 
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> BenS 
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