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From Digi XBee Project to Life-Changing Robotic Limb Products

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We first met Easton LaChappelle four years ago when he was only 17-years-old. Easton took us by surprise as a self-taught maker who set his mission on creating brain-powered prostheses powered by Digi’s XBee RF modules. Using 3-D printing and Digi XBees, Easton created what the market so desperately needed, a prosthetic that sold for less than $400, robotic nonetheless.

Easton not only taught himself but found the most useful tools to progress his mission. He used tools and “how to” resources he found in online communities to set himself free from limitations that often hold others back.

We weren’t the only ones to take notice. Today, at 21-years-old, Easton has worked with NASA on The Robonaut, and he’s now working with Tony Robbins, Microsoft, and others to make his dream come true. His company, Unlimited Tomorrow, focuses on making life-changing robotic limbs available and affordable for those who need it most.

It all started when he met a little girl with a prosthetic arm. He found out that her parents had to pay $80,000 for it—and not the ‘smart’ kind that Easton could then see was possible. Take a look at how far he’s come today:

“Easton is an absolute genius! He’s dreamed of transforming people’s lives through robotics since he was just 17 years old (I started funding him when he turned 18) and has turned his dreams into reality! Check out these life-changing results he’s creating with 3D-printed prosthetics!” Tony Robbins says.

To see more amazing Digi XBee projects and meet up-and-coming makers, visit the Digi XBee project gallery here.

You can also learn more about how to get started with Digi’s XBee product line here. >> 

NASA and Digi XBee Wireless Testing Timeline

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As part of their “wireless-in-space” efforts, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have been using Digi XBee to extend wireless networking capabilities in order to lessen the weight of spacecrafts, increase payload capacity, and create entirely new communication models. Below is the complete timeline of the Digi XBee journey into space:

  • In 2008, the NASA Ames Research Center started to explore a program called SOAREX which stands for (Sub-Orbital Aerodynamic Re-entry Experiments) to test different technologies like flight dynamics, the development of control systems, and sensor verification for future flight applications, improved safety, and data collection. Eventually, NASA engineers began discussing the capabilities of testing the performance of wireless sensor networks on a spacecraft and the potential benefits for future spacecraft.
  • In 2014, they began experimenting with new wireless technology and started using off-the-shelf components, including Digi XBee, to build out a network in order to bring wireless to space.
  • On July 7, 2015 the SOREX-8 Black Brant IX sub-orbital sounding experiment rocket launched from Wallops Flight Facility with exo-brake technology and the first Digi XBee Zigbee to collect sensor data including temperature, air pressure, and 3-axis acceleration parameters. The successfully collected data from the wireless sensor modules validated the potential to someday launch off the International Space Station.
Artist rendering showing Exo-brake deployed.
  • On Monday, March 6 at approximately 12:20 p.m. C.T. NASA released a TechEdSat 5 (Technical and Educational Satellite 5) equipped with Digi XBee® 802.15.4 modules as part of a test program for wireless communications within satellites and payloads from the International Space Station (ISS). Later that day we received confirmation that the TechEdSat 5 is sending data No details beyond that, so stay tune for more good news. In the meantime, watch the successful launch below:

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3 Reasons You Should Consider Embedded Cellular Connectivity

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The following is an excerpt from our recent brief, 5 Reasons You Should Consider Embedded Cellular Technology. If you’ve
ever 
considered embedded cellular technology in the past, this brief will quickly highlight some of the key benefits and how the Digi XBee Cellular family can help reduce the cost and complexity of your embedded cellular technology deployment.

Makers of remotely deployed sensors and devices have settled for the compromises, expense, and provisioning/maintenance complexity of traditional RF connectivity for years. Cellular connectivity addresses many of these drawbacks – but still hasn’t been cost-feasible for smaller deployments of ten or fewer devices. Today, that’s changing—here’s how:

  1. Cost-Effectiveness: You may have considered embedded cellular in the past, but rejected it because of high-cost data plans from carriers. Today, however, with the emergence of LTE Cat 1 (and, soon, Cat M1 and NB1), the economics are becoming far more favorable – sometimes in the range of just US$2/month (1 MB data plan). For deployments up to ten per location – such as low-power wide-area (LPWA) applications – it can be cheaper to embed cellular connectivity in each device instead of aggregating through a single gateway.
  2. Greater Coverage: As carriers continue to build out their networks to the furthest and remotest areas, there are fewer dead zones to limit your deployments.
  3. Verizon Pre-Certification Digi XBee Cellular is FCC-certified and Verizon end-device-certified, so your device gets to market faster. Digi eliminates the traditional delays, thousands of dollars in costs, and headaches. Coming soon, Digi XBee units will be pre-provisioned as well for even faster deployment.

Digi XBee Cellular enables OEMs to quickly integrate cutting edge 4G cellular technology into their devices without dealing with the painful, time-consuming, and expensive FCC and carrier end-device certifications.

To Learn More, Read the Full Brief Here >>

Digi XBee Zigbee Light

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This Digi XBee Zigbee Light demonstrates the capabilities of cloud-connected, industrial lighting. It was designed with an Digi XBee Zigbee module, and an Digi XBee gateway to create a cloud-connected wireless lighting solution that can be monitored and controlled from a cloud-based application.

This particular industrial light was created by our very own Digi experts to be showcased at events like electronica 2016. Hence the reason why the board is placed below the light, but in reality it would be embedded in the light fixture itself.

Demo contents: electronica-demo-1
1 Black Display with attached power strip, plus:

  • 1 Digi XBee Cloud Kit Development Board (55001789-02) and XBee-PRO Zigbee module (XBP24CZ7PIT-001)
  • 1 Digi XBee Zigbee Gateway (Eth/Wi-Fi) w/ power supply
  • 1 Light
  • 1 Ethernet Cable
  • 1 Digi XBee Smart Plug
  • 1 Micro-USB Cable

In the Heroku app for the kit, there are 4 widgets:

  1. Street Light control – turns the LED on and off
  2. Ambient light – measures the light on the sensor placed directly below the light. Presented as a percentage 0-100%
  3. Housing temperature – measures the temperature on the development board
  4. Street Light Watts – measures the current draw of the light in Watts

TheDigi XBee Zigbee Cloud interface would look something like this:
digi_xbee_zigbee_cloud_kit

Check out the latest Digi XBees for your next project >>

IoT Smart Record Player

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First time Digi XBee users, successfully created the Smart Record Player at the 2016 IoT Hack Day in Minneapolis, MN that was organized by IoT Fuse. This Clank, Clank, Clunk record player was created using “off the shelf parts” and “off the shelf technology” also known as the Digi XBee module and the Digi XBee Cloud. This allowed the hackers to solely focus on creating this master piece within the 12 hour time-frame.

The Clank, Clank, Clunk record player created by Ken Chang and his team using Digi XBee at the 2016 IoT Hack Day.

You can watch one of the creators, Ken Chang, explain the smart project in more detail and Get the full Clank! Clank! Clunk! story on Devpost

The Fastest Path to Embedded Cellular Connectivity is Digi XBee®

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Digi is excited to bring together the power and flexibility of the Digi XBee® ecosystem with Verizon, the world’s largest cellular network. Digi XBee® Cellular makes connecting your product easier by smoothing out the hardware, certifications, and development tools to configure and maintain your connected device.

Additional benefits of this pre-certified end device that is saving OEMs months of time and thousands of dollars:

  • xbee-cellular-200pxThe smallest footprint available (24mm x 33mm.)
  • Based on the 20-pin Digi XBee® footprint we all know and trust.
  • The best development tools to deploy and manage your network (XCTU, API, libraries.)
  • A bundled data plan will be available as an option, with the module “shipping hot,” fully pre-provisioned and ready to communicate over the cellular network right out of the box.

Digi XBee® Cellular will initially be available on the Verizon LTE Cat 1 network, followed by additional carrier support and new lower-power IoT Cellular standards such as LTE Cat M1 and LTE Cat NB1. Whatever the protocol, Digi XBee® Cellular will have a pin-compatible module so your design is ready for tomorrow. Samples are available now for development!

Click here for preliminary specs and to sign up for Digi XBee® Cellular updates. Or, give us a call at 877-912-3444 to learn more.

This Week in The Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

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XBee MicroPython Examples
Professor and chief innovations officer at Digi, Rob Faludi put together a saga of XBee MircoPython examples to help guide your next big XBee project. See how running small amounts of code can complete big tasks.

Web-Based Pool Controller w/ Raspberry Pi, Arduino, XBee and Digital Thermometer
Collaboration is key to a successful system, and this DIY device masters just that by using Raspberry Pi, Arduino and XBee to control a swimming pool pump and heater. Check out this collaboration in more detail.

Fashion Tech Fashion Designers – Ending The Theocracy Of Fashion
In honor of Fashion Week, here is an insightful read on how the fashion industry has evolved thanks to leading technology and where the future of fashion is headed with wearables:

Safe and Secure Traffic Control with Digi TransPort® WR31
Happy customers and making an industry impact are a few of our favorite accomplishments. Learn how ElectriCities saved over $300K annually with Digi WR31.

Google’s car will automatically pull you over for the police
If you ever questioned Google’s ability to take over the world, question no more because they are now entering the police academy:

Customer Showcase: Wireless Devices that Power Today’s Smart Cities

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Every day Digi works with customers around the world to deploy connected solutions that businesses rely on. Connected devices help people use data to make more informed decisions and modernize business operations. And, connected devices are modernizing our day-to-day life as well. Here are a few of the many companies we’re proud to work with that are using the Internet of Things (IoT) to make cities smarter, and our lives easier.

SmartBox | Smart Delivery

Many of us can’t be at home to sign for packages when they arrive, and the outdated delivery-release notes have become an invitation for criminals looking for easy thefts. We have busy schedules, and we don’t want to inconvenience our friends or neighbors to receive our packages, as they have busy schedules themselves. SmartBox decided to build a delivery system that’s safe smartboxand secure and most important, runs on your schedule.

SmartBox is the world’s first Internet of Things (IoT) smart delivery storage locker. With SmartBox, delivery services can leave a package safely in a locker in a lobby or public area for recipients to pick up at their convenience. Recipients will be notified via SMS message, and thanks to a Digi XBee module in every unit, can safely retrieve their package with a single-use passcode. Read the full story here >>.

ElectriCities | Networking

getattachmentMaintaining a vast and complex network has traditionally been done with copper 56k circuits at each site. However, the process is expensive and at high risk of damage from lightning strikes. ElectriCities recognized an opportunity to re-engineer a safer and more efficient solution.

They found a solution in Digi’s TransPort WR31 LTE router which was dependable enough to maintain a network connection for frequent meter reading, and flexible enough to support communications with Schneider, Itron, JEMStar and SEL devices. The implementation of this LTE solution saved over $300,000 annually on telemetry charges. Read the full story here >>.

Tisséo | Public Transit

By Occitandu34 (own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia CommonsFor the great city of Toulouse in the south of France with over 1 million people, public transit is an essential part of daily life. The city has two subway lines, two trams lines, and 150 bus routes. When combined that’s over 120 million trips in the last year! The entire fleet of over 500 busses plus buses are equipped with a WiFi-based automatic vehicle monitoring systems (AVMSs) that connects with a backend system, but only when it reached one of the Tisséo depots and didn’t provide any valuable real-time data.

That’s when Tisséo turned to the Digi TransPort® WR44 R to deliver cellular communications. With the new installation, each new Lineo rapid-transit vehicle will have reliable communications for onboard systems such as security video, fare collection, CAD/AVL, VoIP dispatch, and passenger WiFi. This enables the busses to be constantly connected to a backend system offering valuable real-time data such as location, speed, and next stops. Read the full story here >>.

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