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ARM mbed at SXSW Create 2015

This last weekend the Austin team spent the weekend at SXSW Create. Create is a part of the SXSW Interactive Festival, where innovators and technology enthusiasts come together to showcase their latest technologies from 3D printers to digital lightsabers.

We had a great time at the event and met some amazing innovators! Below are some of the photos from our booth.

SXSW can be an exhausting conference and attendees were flocking to the free espresso from our ARM mbed-enabled Coffee Machine Tracking System.


Freescale’s Nerfinator that uses the mbed enabled FRDM-K64F was a big hit! We were dogging darts all weekend!


We also setup programing stations for attendees to try out their first 'blinky' program.


Huge thank you to our Partner Sponsors who graciously donated development boards and kits for giveaways to lucky attendees!


Last but certainly not least, Silicon Labs was demonstrating at their booth the new low-power APIs that were announced just before the event.

Silicon Labs & Power Management APIs for mbed

We are excited to announce our collaboration with Silicon Labs to bring power management APIs to mbed. The new APIs will enable mbed developers to optimize their mbed-enabled designs for the utmost energy efficiency and longer battery life.


One major benefit of the power management APIs is the ability to reduce system-level energy consumption by automatically determining and enabling the optimal sleep mode based on the MCU peripherals in use. For developers this is can help to significantly reduce the energy consumption of their IoT applications with minimal effort.

The mbed-enabled EFM32 Gecko starter kits are planned to be released in April of this year. Silicon Labs’ initial platforms supporting mbed will include 4 starter kits (Wonder Gecko, Leopard Gecko, Giant Gecko and Zero Gecko). Developers with existing EFM32 kits will be able to mbed-enable their hardware through a simple software update.

For more information check out this post by Steven Cooreman at Silicon Labs, as he discusses a real-world scenario where using theses APIs can improve current consumption.

Additional information can also be found here: http://www.silabs.com/mbed.

Activity Round Up – March 2015

It is that time again, we have rounded up the updates and news from the first few months of 2015. If you missed the last round up, you can find it here.


Upcoming Events:

This weekend (March 13-15) we will be exhibiting at SXSW Create in Austin, TX. If you haven’t heard of SXSW Create, it is a part of the SXSW Interactive Festival, this event brings together innovators and technology enthusiasts to showcase the disruptive solutions that are shaping our future. At our booth we will be showing how to get started with mbed, and mbed-enabled demo products live in actions. Not to mention we will have the mbed-powered Freescale Nerfinator onsite!

Just before SXSW starts on Tuesday March 10, Austin Blackstone, one of our applications engineers will be leading the third session in his mbed MeetUp Series. This MeetUp will take place at the Austin Capital Factory at 7pm. Find out more information and RSVP here.

Past Events:

The last two weeks the mbed team has been working hard at Embedded World and Mobile World Congress. The best part is we were honored with the Best in Show Award at Embedded World! Check out our round up and videos here.


Also towards the middle of February, KDDI hosted a Firefox OS WoT (Web of Things) Hackathon in Tokyo. Over 70 participants came together to collaborate on web technology and to learn how to develop with mbed. Watarai-san, has created a great write-up of the event here.



We have had a lot to celebrate so far this year from reaching over 100,000 developers on mbed, the release of the IoT Starter Kit – Ethernet Edition that was developed in collaboration with IBM, to the mbed Device Server 2.3 release.


We have recently published some useful tutorial videos on our YouTube channel. Find resources getting started with mbed, troubleshoot problems, etc. Have a suggestion for a video you would like to see, leave us a note at the bottom of this blog and/or on the YouTube channel.

Also is you missed the joint webinar with CSR webinar that discusses how you can use mbed and CSR shields to create Internet of Things (IoT) devices, you can catch the recording here.


New platforms:

Last but not least we have had a number of new components added from sensors, internet connectivity to the new Sparkfun mbed Starter kit.

Have a cool project you want to share? Post it to our http://hackster.io/mbed page!

From Embedded World to Mobile World Congress

The mbed Team has been busy the last few weeks getting ready for Embedded World (EW) in Nuremberg, Germany and now we are looking forward to Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain this coming week. There has been much to celebrate from the collaboration with IBM to announce the IoT Starter Kit – Ethernet Edition to the ARM mbed Device Server 2.3 release.

At EW we announced the IoT Starter Kit – Ethernet Edition that was developed jointly with IBM. This kit is intended to help developers build devices that connect to the IBM cloud (IBM BlueMix platform) and further build out the ecosystem of IoT. Additionally, at EW we showcased two demos; our ARM mbed Bluetooth Low Energy solutions and the Thread stack running with mbed OS. Check out the videos below to see the demos in action.

At MWC this coming week, we will be featuring our mbed Device Server. One will be showing our Smart City demo which was developed with wot.io, MultiTech and Stream Technologies. In this demo you will see a real life scenario where delivery vehicles are tracked through London and augmented with real-time traffic information provided by London Open Data and traffic cameras. Not to be missed, we will be measuring many live statistics from the ARM booth (temperature, average height of attendees, noise levels, etc.) to showcase how mbed enabled devices can collect live data from the edge of a network and feed it to an ARM powered server running the mbed Device Server. Be sure to stop by our stand (Hall 6, Stand 6C10) to see both demos in action, if at MWC.

Last by certainly not least, we have released the ARM mbed Device Server 2.3. This release adds more key functionality to allow us to better serve the needs of mbed Device Server users. To find out more, see Neil Jackson’s blog post here.

IoT Starter Kit – Ethernet Edition Released!

Today at Embedded World, ARM and IBM announced the IoT Starter Kit – Ethernet Edition. This kit includes the ARM® mbed™-enabled FRDM-K64F development platform, powered by an ARM Cortex®-M4 processor, access to IBM IoT cloud, and all the necessary parts needed to get started running the example programs right out of the box and developing your own IoT application!


This kit is intended to help developers build devices that connect to the IBM cloud (IBM BlueMix platform) and further build out the ecosystem of IoT. With this kit, a developer can utilize the ARM mbed platform, to optimize their projects with IBM’s analytics, mobile, and control resources to create unique IoT products and services.

Platform page with Buy link : http://developer.mbed.org/platforms/IBMEthernetKit/

Included in the kit: