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Xively's connected water tank demo with Google Glass and mbed

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.

Dominic Pajak got a live demo from the Xively team. Watch the video below.


NXP LPCXpresso v2: ‘A Bridge Between Development Platforms & Communities’

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!


Here are more details from NXP:


This new alignment with the LPCXpresso will allow developers access to leverage both mbed.org and LPCWare.com communities for support, code and other resources. In addition they will have more choice for MCU selection, and prototyping features. They will also be able to easily export projects from mbed to LPCXpresso environments.

The LPCXpresso platform includes the v7.1 LPCXpresso IDE, allowing for more efficient evaluation and development of advanced application for NXP LPC microcontrollers. This toolchain includes multiple improvements in compiler optimization, IDE speed and feature set, access to ARM’s latest new lib-nano C library and support of Segger’s popular debug probe and related utilities.

You can check out all of the official NXP mbed-enabled boards here, and all the third party boards that use the mbed NXP HDK here.

Robotiky, a fun way to get kids Kickstarted with coding!

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.


One of the unique features of this special toy is the online tutorials that utilize drag and drop exercises to teach the basics of coding, from simple blocks to full code. In the tutorials after each level is completed you can download and run your program on the robot for immediate gratification and realization of what programming can actually create. This toy is aimed at elementary and primary school ages, but as an adult myself, I have to say I could not stop testing out all of the demo coding challenges until I completed each level!


This robot and online programing tutorial is the brainchild of John Ginger and Matt Screeton, alumni’s of Cambridge University. They currently have eight days left on their Kickstarter funding where you can get your own Robotiky for £99 and help them reach their goal. However there are limited spots at this funding level, so sign up for your Robot before the deal is up.

Japanese mbed developer and his team won the highest prize at TBS TV Hack Day

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.

What is this?

TBS is one of the big TV stations in Japan, and "TBS TV Hack Day" is a hackathon hosted by TBS TV, focusing on TV related project. API is provided by sponsors i.e. NTT docomo, Philips, etc. The event was held early March. Mr. Junichi Katsu (aka JKSoft in mbed community), one of the Japanese mbed super developers, and his team designed a unique gadget named “Interactive TV - Tere-Boo” controlled by mbed. And it got the highest prize with cash 1,000,000 JPY!!


Demo movie

System overview

The Tere-Boo is a name of small soft toy and it is interactive TV control system. User can chosee TV channel by talk to Tere-Boo which has microphone, speaker, microcontroller (mbed LPC1768) and IR remote controller. Speaking audio data (digital voice) will be went out to cloud server using communication API and channel information API provided by Docomo (one of API sponsor). Then, Tere-Boo calls back appropriate TV channel and change to the channel at a time. It can be placed at the frame of TV screen and performs simple moving such as bowing by servo motors inside of it.

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Webinar: How to Select the Right IoT Platform: Connectivity and Edge Considerations

Selecting the right platform for your Internet of Things (IoT) development is an integral step, but what are the key factors to pay attention to when evaluating platforms?


Chris Rommel, Executive Vice President, M2M Embedded Technology at VDC, Sam Grove, Senior Applications Engineer at ARM, and Axeda CMO Bill Zujewski will be joining together to on the webinar, “How to Select the Right IoT Platform: Connectivity and Edge Considerations” on Tuesday March 18th at 11am EST. Register for this webinar to find out why smart products need more intelligence at the end node and why your connectivity decisions are key to implementing your IoT infrastructure.


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