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Test your indoor air quality with Pollution click
Posted by Lana Vulic on 20 January 2017 02:58 PM

Discover if the air quality of your home is good enough with our new Pollution click. It has high sensitivity to organic gases. This click is the 8th gas sensor click in your range, and you can check out the other seven here.

Pollution click

Pollution click carries the WSP2110 VOC gas sensor and runs on a 5V power supply. The sensor can detect gases such as benzene, methanal (also known as formaldehyde), toluene and more. The detection range of the sensor is 1~50ppm (part per million).

Whale oil and aftershave

In 1825 Michael Faraday discovered benzene, a natural hydrocarbon, and component of crude oil. Those days people created portable gas by dropping whale oil on hot furnaces. That oil gas was then condensed in a liquid form. Faraday discovered that it contained a substance which he called bicarburet of hydrogen and that we today call benzene.

We skip a few steps, and get to the 20th century, where people are using benzene in manufacturing everything from aftershave lotion to solvents for degreasing engines. Thankfully, today we know that benzene is a carcinogen, so it’s used only in some industrial processes.

With Pollution click, you can find out what percentage of benzene is present in the air. Or other organic gases.

For more information about Pollution click check out the product page.

Yours Sincerely,

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XDP™ OTP Burner for SMPS upgraded to support new chip families
Posted by Srdjan Misic on 19 January 2017 06:17 PM

Back in November, we released the XDP™ OTP Burner for SMPS, an industry-grade programmer for Infineon’s Switching Mode Power Supply ICs. The original firmware only supported programming of one specific chip. Now we released an update that adds a new family of supported devices and gives users more options.

The XDP™ OTP Burner for SMPS can now be used to program the following devices:

  • DP2A-based: ICL8105, XDPL8105, IDP2105
  • DP2B-based: XDPL8220

The Windows application that’s used to configure the XDP™ OTP Burner has been updated as well. It now has two separate interfaces. One for DP2A, the other for DP2B-based devices. The application can now also generate csv log files to document the programming procedure.

The updated product manual contains relevant information and download links.

Needless to say, we are targeting a very specific market with this product. We offer up to two hours of technical support per purchased device over Skype. To learn more, visit the product page in our shop.

Yours sincerely,

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Hexiwear wins fifth award
Posted by Lana Vulic on 19 January 2017 02:17 PM

Hexiwear has been voted as the “Best for Rapid Prototyping” development platform in the Hackster Maker Madness competition.

Maker Madness 2016

A few days before Christmas we wrote about Hexiwear being chosen as one of the eight development boards for the Maker Madness – Best IoT boards of 2016 competition. We are happy to announce that this is the fifth award that Hexiwear has one so far. A nice round number to begin the year with.

Here is what people had to say about Hexiwear:

“One of the best prototyping IoT platforms and the only limit is your imagination.”

“An awesome and incredible board with onboard high-tech processor.”

Visit the Hexiwear Hackster page to see projects like Hexiwear – a virtual pet, fall detection alert for elderly peopleTalking iBreathe Breathalyzer and many more. Who knows, maybe you’ll get inspired to start a Hexiwear project of your own.

Hexiwear Power User Pack

The Hexiwear Power User Pack is a great starting point for starting your own IoT project. The Docking station is included in the package – program, debug and enhance Hexiwear with additional functionalities. You can add up to three click boards.

Let us know what you think of Hexiwear in the comment section.

Yours Sincerely,

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Skywire™ click — Skywire modules endorse mikroBUS™
Posted by Lana Vulic on 18 January 2017 06:16 PM

We have a new click out, with a very interesting name, like something out of a sci-fi novel — Skywire™ click.

Skywire™ click is an adapter click for connecting NimbeLink/Skywire cellular modems to MikroElektronika development boards. The click is designed to run on either 3.3V or 5V power supply. It communicates with the target microcontroller over UART interface.

Skywire click code example

Our engineers have made a code example which uses the HE910 module and Thermo 3 click, with Skywire™ click. We have this example for the following platforms: PIC, PIC32, ARM, and AVR.

Once the user calls the Skywire™ modem, it turns the call down and sends an SMS to the user’s phone. The content of the SMS being the current temperature measurements in degrees Celsius.

With just a simple phone call and an SMS, you could always know the temperature at your house, office or anywhere else you need.

For more information, you can take a look at our Skywire™ click product page.

Yours Sincerely,

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Hexiwear, BLE and sharks – tutorial on BLE communication packets
Posted by Lana Vulic on 17 January 2017 03:16 PM

Sharks are very good at sniffing, one of the best species in the animal kingdom. They can detect one drop of blood in a million drops of water. So, it is only appropriate that the packet sniffer used in this tutorial for Hexiwear is called Wireshark.

Record and analyze BLE communication packets

In this new tutorial, from our friend Erich Styger (MCU on Eclipse), you’ll learn how to record and analyze BLE communication packets between Hexiwear and Raspberry Pi 3, using Wireshark and Adafruit Bluefruit LE Sniffer.

You can go ahead and read the whole tutorial, but before you do so, here are is some useful information about the software Erich used:

Wireshark and packet sniffing

Wireshark is packet-sniffing program, it’s open source and it’s used for network troubleshooting, different kinds of analysis, etc. It will make your life a lot easier. Joined with the Bluefruit LE Sniffer, it visualizes data (sent between two devices) on a packet level, with descriptions that help you make sense of the values.

For example, with Wireshark and the Bluefruit LE Sniffer you will be able to record the data packets sent between a mobile phone application and Hexiwear.

Without it you would need to flip through Bluetooth 4.0 core specifications that are massive. It runs on most computing platforms including Windows, OS X, Linux, and UNIX and it’s free.

The Bluefruit LE Sniffer passively captures data exchanges between two BLE devices and sends the data into Wireshark. In this tutorial, the two devices are Hexiwear and the Raspberry Pi 3.

According to their official website, Wireshark is a carcharodon photoshopia. Which is a rather good joke, considering that the most famous shark in the world is the great white shark, from the carcharodon genus.

For more information about Hexiwear you can check out

Yours Sincerely,

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