Have you ever wanted to test the strength of connections in your XBee network? Within the XBee configuration software, XCTU, you can perform a range test. This will tell you the amount of packets received and the RSSI values at the local and remote nodes. This video will take you through the steps necessary to perform a range test.
Creating XBee applications just got way easier. Gone are the days of toiling away for every inch of code. In order to make it as simple as possible for you to write applications that interact with XBee, we have created the XBee Java Library. This library supports ZigBee, 802.15.4, DigiMesh and Point-to-Multipoint XBee devices!
The project includes Java source code, unit tests for the library, and multiple examples that show how to use the available APIs. The examples are also available in source code format.
Here’s a list of what’s included in the library:
Configuration of local and remote XBee devices:
Configure common parameters with specific setters and getters.
Configure any other parameter with generic methods.
Execute AT commands.
Apply configuration changes.
Write configuration changes.
Reset the device.
Transmission of data to all the XBee devices on the network or to a specific device.
Reception of data from remote XBee devices:
Data reception callback.
Reception of network status changes related to the local XBee device.
IO lines management:
Configure IO lines.
Set IO line value.
Read IO line value.
Receive IO data samples from any remote XBee device on the network.
So whether you’re designing an intelligent lighting application, completely automating your home, tracking your dog’s activity level, or anything else you can dream up– you no longer have to start from scratch. Visit github.com/digidotcom for access to the library and more information.
A couple weeks ago, we shared the projects our team in Logroño built for the Digi Employee Hackathon. Here is quick update on ‘The Germinator Plus’ project. These pictures were taken two weeks after planting and as you can see, the project is in full force!
The Germinator Plus makes it easy to adjust the environment for different species of plants by using Device Cloud, XBee, a microcontroller, and sensors. The sensors monitor heat, light, and water levels and the system maintains the conditions needed for that species of plant. Read more about the project in the full Digi Employee Hackathon post.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we do business, collect information and live our lives. We’ve compiled a growing list of recommended books that will get you (or keep you) at the forefront of the inception and growth of the IoT.
We’ll be updating this list with your suggestions and newly released books on a regular basis.
Black Friday is only a couple of days away. With all of the talk about shopping, we couldn’t help but think of the Internet of Things and its impact on retail experiences. Here are 5 ways your shopping experience could or may have already changed as the Internet of Things evolves.
On Demand Information
One of our favorite XBee projects, the TeamLab Hanger, demonstrates how the Internet of Things can offer an on demand information to shoppers while they’re making purchase decisions. This interactive hanger is used as a platform for the fashion industry. As a customer picks up a piece from the clothing rack, a television screen displays the piece on a runway providing a visual experience and options for how the piece can be worn.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) & QR Codes
RFID technology allows automatic identification of objects with the help of a small electronic chip. The data stored on a RFID tag can be read by wireless devices. Retailers can use these tags to increase inventory accuracy and better meet customer expectations. While RFIDs are helpful to manufacturers, QR codes can be helpful to buyers. There are many mobile apps, like Consmr, which allow consumers to get inside information on products that isn’t readily available by examining the product on the shelf.
Products and Shelves that Care for Themselves
The Internet of Things can help manufacturers and store owners optimize efficiency by receiving automatic alerts when products need serviced or shelves need stocked. Anything from a vending machine jam to an empty endcap– devices can communicate when human action is needed.
Sensors can detect the store’s environment and affect it accordingly. This can help staff ensure that you’re getting the intended and usually carefully crafted experience. It can also give stakeholders real-time information on the store’s condition at any given point in time. Sensors can communicate and control the physical environment such as light, sound and temperature– they can even count people in the store to analyze foot traffic.
Data from machines paired with sales data can help businesses ensure a quality experience across multiple locations. As a simple example, take fast food. When visiting a fast food restaurant, we rely on a consistent experience. If the corporate division of a fast food franchise can see when a location needs to make a change based on local machine data, stakeholders have more control on quality and consistency without being physically present at store roof-tops.
Which technologies will prevail and reshape our retail experiences? Only time, and you, will tell. As Marc Weiser said, “The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.” The next time you’re in a store, maybe in the early hours of the morning this Friday, ask yourself if the Internet of Things has changed your shopping experience without you noticing.
Do you know of a great Internet of Things innovation you’d like us to talk about? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter.
We come across amazing XBee projects every day, so we wanted to remind you that we’re constantly updating the XBee Project Gallery. Here are just a few of the latest additions– from an apron that notifies guests when the meal is ready to a DIY tweeting weather station.
Apron Alert is a wearable apron that tweets when a meal is being prepared and when it’s ready. The project was an experiment around “improving the communal kitchen experience.” The Smart Apron uses XBee radios affixed to Lilypad Arduinos to create an apron that automatically notifies your diners when you’ve started cooking and when you’ve finished.
An Arduino-controlled weather monitoring system that is easily programmed, has the ability to add-on sensors including temperature, humidity and barometric pressure. The data to be recorded or shared via its USB output, or wirelessly with an optional XBee or Bluetooth module.
In honor of NYC Data Week, we bring you five posts that explore just some of the many interesting ways that data is being used. Saving lives, creating more efficient businesses and helping us learn more about ourselves– data is helping us improve our world.
We’ll be exhibiting the power of data this week as we host the Data Sensing Lab for O’Reilly’s Strata Conference and NYC Data Week.
Five generations of sensor mote for the Data Sensing Lab.
We’re ready to give attendees a taste of their lives in a more measured and quantified world! Data collected through the Data Sensing Lab will be analyzed in real time and the results will be presented in the keynote sessions during the O’Reilly Strata Conference.