Many of you know I am the author of a Windows Embedded Compact Board Support Package (BSP) for the Beaglebone development board. This is an open source project hosted on Codeplex at http://beaglebonebsp.codeplex.com/. I also have a sister project targeting the Gumstix COM modules. I have made a recent change to its BSP to support 1GB Flash memory which is now included on newly purchased Gumstix OVERO modules. I have several video posted. See https://gumstixbsp.codeplex.com/
The new Microsoft Band 2 incorporates 11 sensor which includes the usual GPS, heart rate, and step sensors needed for health monitoring but also included are some hidden features that make this embedded platform ideal for other activities. I am not going to get into the reviews, there are plenty of other bloggers out there for that. I do like the fact that is an open platform and you can write your own apps using Microsoft’ s published SDK for the Band 2. The Band SDK works with, and runs on your smart phone be it Android, Apple Phone or Windows Phone. You can write your app to run on one or all the targeted phones.You will need the Microsoft Health App initially installed on your phone as it will use this to connect and manage the features on the Band. The Band establishes a Bluetooth connection to your phone and basically acts as a head-end display unit and a sensor provider publishing data to the phone. You have several host development platform options available to write your app. You can use ...
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In my last blog post I showed how to
transfer IoT data over the network using the M2MQTT library. But how, you may
ask, do you acquire the data in the first place? Well, chances are you have some
kind of sensor, be it temperature, pressure, accelerometer or what have you.
These sensors, more than likely, interface to the IoT node processor via some
kind of bus. It could be I2C, SPI, CAN, LIN or any number of others in the
alphabet soup. By far the two most popular low level sensor buses are I2C and
SPI. I2C stands for Inter-Integrated Circuit and was invented by Philips
Semiconductor (now NXP Semiconductor), SPI stand for Serial Peripheral Interface
invented by Motorola.
In this example I will show how we can interface to these buses using managed
code (C#) in Visual Studio 2013. I will use the BeagleBone Black as the platform
running Windows Embedded Compact 2013. A prebuilt demo image is available at my
Codeplex site along with all the source code for the
To start I wired a prototyp ...
Many of the Board Support Packages (BSPs) for Windows Embedded that I have seen over the years tend to have several drawbacks. Some lack the full complement of drivers, others only come with binary code. Some show little, if any signs, of ever being tested. I can understand the underlying reason for some of these issues but one that is rather irritating is the lack of a consistent coding style. You would think that at least within an individual BSP a single, consistent coding style could be followed. Most times this is not the case. Over the years different developers work on different pieces, each imposing their own coding style (instead of taking the time and effort to learn the existing style and following the existing norm). Also, as more platforms based on the same SOC come on line, we tend to just “add on” adding deeper levels of abstraction, adding more compile time and macro directives. While it can be argued this is what makes modern day programming so powerful, it also adds “code bloat”, slows down ...
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Please contact me regarding a full installation of this BSP for WINCE2013, and what is necessary for...
-- Aaron Peterson
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Hi David, Interest in the fully version of the image. Please let me know the commercials. I need clarification...
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Hi David, How can I get a full version (without reboot) of your image available for demonstration?
-- Marco Aurélio Braun
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Hi David, First of all thanks for this, blog it's been very useful. Before I go ahead and solder anything...
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Thank you for the fixes. The latest version builds under WEC7! Yay! Next .. have to try deploying it...
Of course, I meant the WEC2013 SDK ... see what happens when you work with too many bits at the same...
Hi David. First, thank you for what must have been a huge amount of work. I have been trying to install...