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

Robert Diamond rmd6502 at gmail.com
Sat May 4 01:03:43 UTC 2013


Which in itself wouldn't be so bad, except that they are not open source, and only distribute their library binaries for IAR, which costs $2500 minimum.  I think an academic license is $99 but is time-limited.
	Rob 

On May 3, 2013, at 8:23 PM, "Guan Yang" <guan at yang.dk> wrote:

> As far as I know TI's 802.15.4 microcontrollers are all old 8051 cores with questionable toolchains, libraries and programming/debugging procedures. (802.15.4 is the underlying physical layer shared by both ZigBee and 6LoWPAN.)
> 
> I already have the ATmega128RFA1 evaluation kit which has the AVR core most of us are comfortable with. I'll try to do something interesting with it as soon as we are done with FIGMENT.
> 
> 
> On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 8:20 PM, Ben S <ben.sugimori at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Ah,
> 
> TI seems to be the strongest competitor in IPv6 MCUs now. That's gotta change soon - their policies on....everything are obscene.
> 
> Want to put one of these badges on the website, to spread "awareness" (maybe attract some Swag samples, demos)?
> 
> http://www.worldipv6launch.org/downloads/
> 
> BenS
> 
> On May 3, 2013, at 20:14, "Guan Yang" <guan at yang.dk> wrote:
> 
>> 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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