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Time to Get Creative with the Freescale FRDM Boards

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.

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The first phase of the competition is a ‘Conceptual Design’ challenge, where you will need to design in block diagram format a feature set extension to implement your design. You will need to create your design on Digi-Key’s ‘Scheme-It’ to enter. Phase one submissions will be accepted through June 30, 2014. The winners will have a chance to win the following prizes:

  • 1st place winner will receive an Apple iPad Air
  • 2nd place an Apple iPad mini
  • 3 honorable mentions will an Apple iPad touch

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The second phase of the completion is the ‘Hardware and Software Design’ challenge, open from July 1 through October 10, 2014.Using PCB-it and mbed.org take your design bring it to life. It is not necessary to be a winner in phase one to be eligible to participate in phase two of the competition. Below are the prizes for

  • 1st place prize for Best Hardware and Software submission is a Football Table valued at no more than (€1,500).
  • 2nd place prize is a Jura Type Espresso Machine values at no more (€1,000)
  • Honorable mention prize will be a bicycle valued at no more than (€750)

Now it’s time to get creative, check out the official contest page here.

Win a Samsung Galaxy Note III and Polar V800 sports watch

STMicroelectronics are offering a Samsung Galaxy Note III smart phone coupled with the Polar V800 sports watch to the three winners of their Internet-of-Things design challenge this year.

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To enter the competition just pick up your preferred STM32 based development board and add at least one other ST component then send a description and video of your innovative application (full T&Cs can be found here). Should you be one of the 3 lucky winners you will receive an invite to the award ceremony during Electronica in Munich – November 11th – 14th 2014.

If you would like to get something up and running quickly, easily and with a whole community backing you why not choose one of the many ARM® mbed®-enabled development boards: the ST Nucleo boards based on STM32, available for only $10. The mbed.org website lists 5 different boards that are instantly available (F103RB, F302R8, L512RE, F401RE, F030R8).

Not a bad return on investment; a cutting edge smart phone and watch worth $1,200 for a $10 development board and a bit of fun engineering. Alternatively, if you register your idea through the Facebook page before 31st July ST are providing FREE Nucelo boards and Wurth Elektronik are giving away free passive components for the project.

Good Luck!

Note, the Galaxy Note and Polar V800 replace the previously announced Hyetis smart watch.

mbed at Bay Area Maker Faire, The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth

See a selection of ARM® mbed™ projects and development boards at the Bay Area Maker Faire this weekend (May 17th and 18th). Come and visit Booth #405.

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Ask the team about the JKSoft wallbot and what’s next

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See how easy it is to create appcessories using the latest mbed platforms alongside other popular development systems.

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More details about the show (and tell) can be found on our connected community page.

We are also running a raffle for free tickets, check out the details on our facebookpage

IBM teams up with mbed for IoT kit

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.

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IBM are a leading global provider of technology and services. The chances are you've recently used a service (ATM, supermarket checkout for example) that is built on IBM technology. With a leading position in Big Data (moving, storing and analysis) it was a natural fit for us to work together, leveraging ARMs leading position Little Data (Sensors, aggregation, communication). Bringing these components together realises IBMs long held vision of "Instrumented, Interconnected, Intelligent"

Our work with IBM has also included partnering with other leading suppliers of cellular hardware (u-blox) and data services, to ensure that we have all we need in the kit to take data from sensor to server.

A MQTT team has also been sprung up and they're porting the official MQTT C library to mbed from Eclipse Paho. This is still a work in progress but HelloMQTT and other examples should be ready by the time kits are available. Development is happening now so anyone interested in getting started with it, contributing or providing feedback can drop a line in the teams development forum.

Ian Craggs has done some great work bringing this to mbed. You can check out his personal blog too.

We'll be posting more as the kit becomes available for pre-order with our distributors, so keep an eye out, or if you're especially interested, contact support@mbed.org for more details.

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mbed Activity Roundup

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...

Team

A quick look at what Pzemek is up to with mbed test automation.

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News

The new Nordic nRF51822-mKIT Bluetooth Smart kit has started shipping! This is a great solution if you are interested in developing any wearables of appcessories. You can see it in action here: mbed BLE APIs to easily implement a Bluetooth LE Health Thermometer.

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Embedded Know-how interviewed Simon Ford on “ARM’s platform approach to Internet-of-Things device development” whilst at Embedded World. It covers some of the thinking behind mbed and where we might be going.

With the new ST Nucleo boards released, Mihail took the time to do a brief hands-on with how to use the four ST Nucleo boards running mbed with a shield.

A Japanese mbed developer, jksoft, and his team won the highest prize at TBS TV Hack Day with their “Interactive TV - Tere-Boo” which is a small soft toy that acts as a interactive TV control system.

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Freescale launched the new mbed-enabled Freescale FRDM-K64F board based on a Cortex-M4 with 1MB FLASH and 256K RAM! It also includes some other goodies like RF expansion connectors for easier development of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

NXP released the next generation of their development board platform, the NXP LPCXpresso Version 2 that are all mbed-enabled.

Projects

Here are some new projects to watch:

Robotiky – Small programmable robotic toy that makes learning to code fun with its drag and drop programming challenges.

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AgIC – With AgIC you can print your own mbed circuit boards with your home printer saving time, money and makes PCB fabrication that much simpler.

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Upcoming Events

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April 27 - May 1, Las Vegas, NV

We’ll be showcasing some of the work we’ve been doing together with IBM. Look out for more soon.

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May 17-18, Bay Area, CA

ARM and the mbed Team will be showcasing a wide variety of ARM-based appcessories, wearables, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices at the show. Stop by our booth (Booth #) to get an up close look that demos and chat with the experts who developed them.

We’re hiring!

We are looking for talented and driven embedded software engineers to join our expanding team in developing an open source platform for ARM Cortex-M based microcontrollers, suitable for use by 100,000s of developers to create Internet of Things devices that ship in the billions! We are recruiting for multiple positions at various grades up to principal engineer in Cambridge, UK and Austin, Texas, USA. See http://mbed.org/jobs and pass it on!

Help guide mbed development!

We are increasing our investment in mbed, and we want to make sure we prioritise the right areas. It'd be great if you could give us some feedback on our potential plans: