DesignLab 1.0.8 and RetroCade 1.3 Released!

January 5th, 2017

We just completed a new release of DesignLab and RetroCade Synth.

DesignLab 1.0.8 has the following changes:

DesignLab 1.0.8 – 2017.01.04
[DesignLab Libraries]
-Added a new Video Audio Player example.
-Fixes for RetroCade Synth libraries.

RetroCade Synth 1.3 has the following changes:

1/4/2017      Version 1.3.1
-Fix for some LCDs that have contrast issues.

4/21/2015      Version 1.3
-Updated MIDI library to better handle NoteOffs.
-Moved to ZPUino 2.0 with a DesignLab schematic.

1/29/2014      Version 1.2
-Moved to Papilio Schematic Library and drew up a schematic of the RetroCade system.
-Added Analog mode to the LCD.
-Made joystick interaction for smallFS more intuitive. Cannot do the same for SD Card access without a lot of rework…

 

Article: Put the Watson AI into Your Raspberry Pi with IBM’s Free(ish) Embedded Development Platform

December 15th, 2016

There is an interesting IoT/Artificial Intelligence platform from IBM called Project Intu. From the project page:

A new, experimental program from IBM enables developers to imbue Internet of Things (IoT) systems — robots, drones, avatars and other devices — with the cognitive know-how of Watson.

This definitely looks worth checking out to see what kinds of things can be done with it. Text-to-Speech, language and visual recognition – all sounds pretty good.

projectintu

via AllAboutCircuits

https://www.ibm.com/watson/developercloud/project-intu.html

https://www.ibm.com/blogs/watson/2016/11/experiment-embodied-cognition-project-intu/

http://techportfolio.net/2016/11/project-intu-adds-cognitive-capabilities-to-any-device/

Free eBook: Neural networks and Deep Learning

December 13th, 2016

nueral-network

One of the reasons for creating the GadgetBoxes was to start looking at ways to connect Artificial Intelligence tasks to IoT devices. So not only are we learning about all of the latest IoT technologies but also the latest in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Many of the latest breakthroughs have come from new techniques such as Deep Learning and Sigmoid Neurons. This free eBook is a nice way to learn about these concepts and even better, it has Python code examples to experiment with!

http://neuralnetworksanddeeplearning.com/about.html

“Alexa, Make My ESP8266 Do Something” | Hackaday

December 1st, 2016

esp8266_inside

Well here is an interesting hack that can be very useful for the NodeMCU version of the GadgetBox. Wouldn’t it be nice to control a GadgetBox with Alexa voice commands without a middleman like SmartThings? Well this hack seems to be the ticket! It is a library for the esp8266 that allows it to emulate a Wemo device that is directly supported by the Alexa. :)

via HackaDay

Using Amazon Alexa to control Ameba Arduino

November 29th, 2016

ameba

Nice article on the steps it takes to setup an IoT device to use an Amazon Echo device.

Can we adapt this to ESP8266 based devices?

via Instructables

 

DIY I2C Devices with ATtiny85 | Hackaday

November 24th, 2016

attiny-light-sensor-with-i2c_featured

Here is a very interesting article detailing how to use an ATtiny chip to turn any chip into an I2C device. This looks like a great technique to use with eCogs and the GadgetBox since it will free up valuable GPIO pins.

via HackaDay

How to Run Your ESP8266 for Years on a Battery – Open Home Automation

November 17th, 2016

 

low_powerThis is a topic that has a lot of significance for the GadgetBox platform. There are lots of IoT projects that need as much battery life as can be squeezed out of them. This awesome article explains how to squeeze 3 years of battery life out of an esp8266 module!

https://openhomeautomation.net/esp8266-battery/