Ideas for a DIY Smart Home: How to Build a Simple LoRaWAN™ Network from A to Z — Part I

Important update (2019-06-02) After publishing this post, I received some relevant remarks from LoRaWAN experts who are active in the The Things Network community. The most important is the fact that the system here described is not based on a true gateway because my implementation is not compliant with the LoRaWAN specifications. Further issues: The … Continue reading Ideas for a DIY Smart Home: How to Build a Simple LoRaWAN™ Network from A to Z — Part I

Photovoltaic data logger – Part III

Introduction This is the third post of this series. I'll describe here: The software that I have developed for the Arduino Mega board The IoT platform I have used to store and visualize the data collected on the field. Previous posts are available here and here. It is worth remembering that most of the choices … Continue reading Photovoltaic data logger – Part III

Photovoltaic data logger – Part II

Introduction In this post, I will briefly describe the hardware component of the project I introduced in this Part I. First of all, I have chosen to use Arduino Mega [1] because it provides four hardware UART interfaces. I have allocated them as follows: UART0 (Serial): used for informative and debug messages that can be … Continue reading Photovoltaic data logger – Part II

Photovoltaic data logger – Part I

Introduction I have been thinking for a while about a simple project that would allow me to combine two different needs. On one hand, I would like to experiment with some kinds of technology that I have not had the chance to play with so far, specifically: The tools used to build an Internet of … Continue reading Photovoltaic data logger – Part I

Lego Base

I have recently helped my friend Anna Brenelli to make the prototype she has designed and built for the graduation thesis of the Industrial Design course at the Iuav University of Venice, named Lego Base. The project is described in detail in this document. I have dealt—try to guess it ...—with the Electronics parts. Since … Continue reading Lego Base

Audiophiles

If you have been an Electronics student in your youth, audio amplifiers are probably one of the first practical applications of this discipline you have run into. When you understand the potential of Electronics, you become eager to build something with your hands. You know well that the satisfaction you get when you see your … Continue reading Audiophiles

The Arduino effect (in other words: why real programmers are disappearing)

Arduino phenomena has to be credited for getting a lot of people familiar with Electronics and embedded systems. These people would probably remain just curious about these things otherwise. Similarly, smart phones - either Android or iOS - allow to move first steps in the world of software application development in a relatively easy way. … Continue reading The Arduino effect (in other words: why real programmers are disappearing)