I bought a Ti Launchpad/CC3000 WiFi booster pack. None of the tutorials have been working for me. It seems that the board used in the tutorials is just slightly different than the one I bought. I found a thread on a forum discussing the exact issue I'm having. Someone else popped on the thread and asked: "I'm having the same problem. How did you fix it?" The original poster wrote back: "I didn't. I just gave up."
Max, re Friday the 13th: Three blown up bike tires/tubes, broken pump, three "easy" WiFi devices not working, Coffee all over the floor instead on in the pot, boards that won't take solder. It's been one of those weeks.
@Duane: I'm goint to download the DesignSpark software on Monday even though I don't have a 3D printer.
It's worth learning even if you don't have a 3D printer -- you can use it to create visualizations that you can export as JPGs or as 3D PDFs ... and then when your wife buys you a 3D printer for Christmas you will be ready to rock and roll :-)
I heard from someone else who has some insider knowledge (but doesn;t work for Allied or RS) saying that this 3D software really is industrial strength stuff -- but that it also really is surprisingly easy to learn and use...
@Antedeluvian: I've wanted to create 3D models and visualizations for a long time now, but never seemed to find the right software for my needs ... I really think the DesignSpark stuff is going to do it
@Crusty: Though Farnell seem to be fast these days without postal costs...
What about RS Components? I was chatting to them yesterday about the free 3D design software they are making available on Monday (http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1319478&) -- it seems that they have 38,000 3D models that cover just about all the electronic and electromechanical parts in their extensive catalog (of course they have many more than 38,000 items in their catalog, but one 3D model of a 1/4 carbon resistor will cover 1,000s of components, for example.)
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.