As a response to recent downtime caused by problems on mbed.org’s upstream network connection network hardware is being replaced. This will result in mbed.org being offline on Saturday 23rd August from 6am PST (2pm UK, 10pm Tokyo) until 10am PST (6pm UK, 2am Tokyo).
There was a great turnout and pure excitement about mbed at the AT&T Developer Summit 2014 Hackathon in January, so we decided to attend again. This time is the AT&T Hackathon @ Super Mobility Week – Code for Car & Home in Las Vegas, September 6-7, 2014. We have teamed up with Freescale Semiconductor, Multi-Tech Systems, Nordic Semiconductor, ST Microelectronics and u-blox to form ‘Team mbed.’ Team mbed brings a variety of hardware platforms for developers to choose from based on I/O and connectivity needs (Bluetooth®, cellular, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi®). Not to mention the 35+ sensors and actuators that we'll be bringing.
We have been working on creating an easier way for the mbed community to use the pyOCD library for programming and debugging the ARM® Cortex®-M microcontrollers using CMSIS-DAP. Here is an update on our work.
April of this year the FRDM-K64F development platform was released with mbed support and we were pretty excited to welcome the platform into the community. It has tons of connectivity options including Ethernet and expansion headers for a 2.4GHz RF module and Bluetooth. There has been some great work being done with this platform, so Freescale wanted to give you all a chance to win a Garmin Forerunner 10 watch for your work!
Have you seen the recent Kickstarter, MicroNFCBoard? Well the creator is one of mbed’s very own, Donatien Garnier. Donatien is a former mbed intern (from about 4 years back) and active mbed community member. I got a chance to met him at our team bbq in Cambridge just a few weeks ago and got a close up look at his new Kickstarter project!
If you have been working with the Nordic nRF51822 platform or mbed's Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) API, then you probably have come across some of Kevin Townsend's work on the mbed community. Recently I got a chance to catch up with him to find out more about the book he recently co-authored and published, ‘Getting Started with Bluetooth Low Energy,’ with Carles Cufi, Robert Davidson and Akiba. This book does a good job of explaining the basic concepts of Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), its history and it simplifies the concepts and vocabulary used around Bluetooth LE for all developers wanting to get started with this new ultra low power wireless technology.
ARM, Avnet and Freescale are hosting a Hackathon at the IoT World Event next week (June 17-18) in Palo Alto, California at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Our hackathon challenge is to build on from the other IoT World Hackathon Challenges that should produce some compelling consumer and environmental IoT innovations. We want our hackathon participants to think outside the box and create projects which are interoperable with other teams; where at least part of your application works with part of an application from one (or more) of the other teams.
Digi-Key, Freescale and ARM are hosting a European design contest to inspire developers to get creative with Freescale's FRDM development boards. If you have not already started developing with one of the FRDM boards, now is a great time to start. There are over ten boards to choose from within the FRDM family, but we would suggest using the FRDM-K64F, FRDM-KL05, FRDM-KL25Z, or the FRDM-KL46Z.