starterkit Archive


Folks, this is a guest post from Kerwin Lumpkins who is working on a cool project he put on Kickstarter (there’s a video there too), check it out!! He has built a prototype and would like to have it funded to produce more of these. As we’re always happy to share cool projects made by others as well, here you go :)

The Ard-Vark is a basic electronics box that has wifi built in to allow easy remote control through a mobile app, and has the following features:

  • Arduino compatible (can use the Arduino IDE as is, based on Leonardo platform)
  • USB connection to PC for serial or re-programming
  • Mobile app available for download (iPhone/iPad/iPod/Android)
  • Built in wifi for wireless remote control (Roving Networks RN-171)
  • 4 servo motor headers
  • 2 small DC motor headers
  • Built in light sensor
  • Built in temperature sensor
  • 3 analog sensor inputs with ground and 5V power supplied
  • 3 digital I/O headers with ground and 5V power supplied
  • LED
  • Speaker
  • Can be powered by 9V battery or 9V AC adapter plug
  • Mounted in a durable plastic case, cutouts for headers, silkscreen labeling of ports

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It’s very exciting for us to see all the noise (& reposts) or the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor (aka. the “flycatcher”) that was unveiled yesterday. Branded as the world’s most energy-efficient microprocessor it is optimized to deliver high performance (with a 32 bits architecture!) for a very low power consumption, which makes it the ideal chip for intelligent sensors and smart control systems in a broad range of applications. In other words, the ideal chip to power the Web of Things.

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Our friends from Oberon microsystems (who designed yaler), just released a tech book (just like we love) about they experience with hacking around the Internet of Things. The book called “Getting Started with the Internet of Things” which is publish by our favorite nerditors O’Reilly Media is available in PDF and paper, and is written by Cuno Pfister. Read more…

Open Picus

Besides the fact that we are big Sun SPOTs fans, we also got increasingly more interested in the OpenPicus platform, not only because the constant motivation of the project founder Claudio Carnevali is impressive but mostly because the FlyPort (the OpenPicus wireless sensor node) is featuring a WiFi module and a Webserver (according to them our WoT community influenced them on that point) which makes it a nice, compliant, Web of Things device. ;-) Read more…