Starting Out with the Cypress PSOC Analog Co-Processor Pioneer Kit

 

This week I take a look at the Cypress Analog Co Processor Kit. The official website is at http://www.cypress.com/products/psoc-analog-coprocessor and in my video, I take a look at the PSOC Kit as well as the PSOC Creator Software.

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The CodeyBot Review

The codeybot is a Makeblock product that was launched on kickstarter and is a wheeled robot that is targeted towards education and experimentation. It can be programmed using the mBlocky app downloadable from the Play store as well as the App Store. It can also be controlled using a limited set of voice commands as well as using the Phone’s accelerometer. The most interesting thing about this robot is the fact that it can balance on two wheels and can dance and play music.

As backer no1 on kickstarter, I got my hands on the bot and did an unboxing video here.

The codeybot is built intelligently and the guts are quite well placed. I would have liked to see the connector description somewhere but thats ok since I did a teardown of the turret and then the bot which I will cover in the next post.

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The app seems a bit cluttered with all the functionally crammed into one screen but can work if you have an iPad or android tablet.

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The mBlocky app is clean and works well out of the box

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The fun begins when you have two of these and can convince a friend to play laser tag with you. You get an assortment of weapons and two codeybot paired together can be hours of fun together.

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We will be sharing the details of the codeybot and turret teardown in the next post so please like and subscribe the video on youtube and if you have any suggestions of comments, feel free to put them the in the box below.
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Designing an IoT Modular Light feat. TI

Its been a while since this project and I really havn’t had the time to write a blogpost in a while. Last year, I made an IoT light for the Element14.com roadtest plus where I used a lot of technology from Texas Instruments and Wurth Electronics. TI was kind enough to showcase the build on their power house blog and I wrote a two part series for the same.  Continue reading “Designing an IoT Modular Light feat. TI”

[RPi Rover] Another Raspberry Pi Robot – Episode 2 – Starting Python

Raspberry Pi Rover

Introduction

In the last post, I described the hardware part for our robot which uses the Seeed Studios GrovePi+ since I am yet to receive my kit. In this post, I talk about the software part and making the robot move. Lets see what we can do. Continue reading “[RPi Rover] Another Raspberry Pi Robot – Episode 2 – Starting Python”

Final Summary “Forget What?” Project: An IOT based home automation system with a budget!: Part-1

Acknowledgement

The author would like to thanks the sponsors Element14, Tektronix, Eclipse IOT, EnOcean, Raspberry Pi, Cadsoft for the tools, parts and budget. A special thanks to the community members for their inputs and suggestions as the project progressed and for providing inspiration as well as encouragement along the path.

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Pi In a Display Box

As I wait for the parts to be delivered, I started work on the case for the RPi. This is the center piece for my demo and with my limited carpentry skills, I set out to make a box. I usually start by making a 3D to scale model in Sketchup so I know exactly what I want. If it seems awkward, I change it. Here is a simple mockup that took 5 minutes! Continue reading “Pi In a Display Box”

Tutorial for Interfacing OpenHAB with EnOcean Pi

Introduction

In my last post, I discussed how to get OpenHAB up and running. For the “Forget me not” Design Challenge, one of the sponsors is EnOcean and they were gracious enough to supply us with a basic kit and EnOcean Pi. This is a brief write up of what “I think” is happening. If someone knows something I don’t, please feel free to comment and I will be more than happy to make corrections. Continue reading “Tutorial for Interfacing OpenHAB with EnOcean Pi”