Today at IBM impact, we will be previewing the first prototypes of the IoT starter kit we have been working on with IBM. Due to be released later this year, the kit includes an mbed enabled cellular platform and access to IBM IoT cloud, plus all necessary parts needed to run the first example programs right out of the box.
There has been a lot going on in the mbed Community lately, so I thought I would take a moment to roundup some of the recent developments, news and some of the upcoming events we’re going to be at. Also, a chance for you to provide some input on our future plans...
Not too long ago, Przemek (sh-em-ek) joined us to lead software automation for mbed. His task is a big one, but he has already made some great strides in developing the next version of our testing framework. I stopped by his desk to chat about how he was getting on, and took a few photos that I thought I might share.
Here is the man himself:
One of the key phases in product development is building your breadboard, however it can be a bit of a wiry mess and replicating it more than once can be one of the many frustrations of prototyping. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just print them on your home printer and each one is identical with no wires to worry about? Well AgIC Inc. has set out to do just that. As a recent Kickstarter that successfully met its funding and exceeded it by 2.6x its goal, you could soon print your circuit boards from an ink jet printer with their ‘magical conductive ink.’
At around 23:00 UTC (00:00 BST, 18:00 EDT, 16:00 PDT) on April 9th we will be updating our SSL certificate. We anticipate any service disruption to be minimal and to last less than a minute.
Today at the annual Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) in Dallas, Texas, Freescale is releasing a brand new mbed enabled Freedom development platform, the FRDM-K64F. This development board is based on the ARM Cortex-M4 with FPU and DSP instructions and is the first of its kind in the Kinetis Series K6x MCU family. Best of all, this development board includes a RF expansion connector and a Bluetooth expansion connector allowing easier development of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
It is always great to see real-life implementations of connected solutions that utilize mbed! Last week at EE Live! in San Jose, California, Xively was showing off their complete industrial liquids monitor and control system that is using an NXP LPC1768 board running mbed to connect to Xively’s cloud services via the internet, and uses Google Glass to access the application (in the video: the tablet shows the same view as the Google Glass) all to monitor the fluid levels and control the pump filing the tank in real-time. The NXP LPC1768 board is based on the ARM Cortex-M3 processor.
Our longtime partner of mbed, NXP, is releasing a version 2 of their LPCXpresso development boards range, which will all support mbed! This will allow more flexibility and choice as you'll be able to use both the existing LPCXpresso tools and now all the mbed tools and libraries!
Last week we got the chance to speak with Robotiky about their Kickstarter project. Robotiky is a small programmable toy robot that makes learning how to code simple, digestible and best of all fun! The team prototyped the idea using an mbed-enabled NXP LPC1768 prototyping board, and then transitioned to a full custom design using the mbed HDK for NXP LPC11U24 board based on an ARM Cortex-M0+. The hardware features a voltage convertor, extension port and sensors for speed bumps, light and line following.
Junichi Katsu (aka JKSoft in mbed community) and his team designed a unique gadget at TBS TV HACK DAY in Japan. And it got the highest prize with cash 1,000,000 JPY.