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Member Since: March 21, 2010

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  • One of the most interesting niblets of information was that the API would allow embedded projects (RaspPi, Arduino, etc.) to utilize sensors from Windows devices, specifically mentioning Windows Phones like the Lumia 530. This is a huge deal considering that the Lumia 520 can be had for about $20 (retail price, no contract) in the US. It’s packed with GPS, IMU, Ambient light, touchscreen, camera, GPRS/GMS modem, etc. all for $20. Does sparkfun even offer an IMU/GPS shield for that price?! Not to mention the fact that it’s an entire freaking phone. And if this API extends to the HoloLens (like they showed in the video) and, who knows, maybe more of their devices like the Microsoft Band smartwatch and the XBOXone and maybe even tie into their cloud services… The possibilites are mind-boggling.

  • One of the most interesting niblets of information was that the API would allow embedded projects (RaspPi, Arduino, etc.) to utilize sensors from Windows devices, specifically mentioning Windows Phones like the Lumia 530. This is a huge deal considering that the Lumia 520 can be had for about $20 (retail price, no contract) in the US. It’s packed with GPS, IMU, Ambient light, touchscreen, camera, GPRS/GMS modem, etc. all for $20. Does sparkfun even offer an IMU/GPS shield for that price?! Not to mention the fact that it’s an entire freaking phone. And if this API extends to the HoloLens (like they showed in the video) and, who knows, maybe more of their devices like the Microsoft Band smartwatch and the XBOXone and maybe even tie into their cloud services… The possibilites are mind-boggling.

  • Hey, guys. Microsoft’s most recent moves into IoT, Raspberry Pi, and now possibly Arduino seem HUGE for the maker community. Yet, I haven’t really heard anything about it from those “in the know” in the maker community. Have you been following this? If so, I would like to see your take on it, perhaps this warrants an article.

    http://winbeta.org/news/windows-10-iot-core-insider-preview-released-microsoft-will-be-free-makers

  • Picaxe has become my MCU of choice. These little guys are so cheap, so capable, so easy to program, and require nearly zero additional components to program or integrate into circuits. The development suite is pretty great too, but having to do manual memory management is a pain sometimes. That being said, once you write a couple of memory addressing algorithms, it’s not so bad.

  • Sparkfun staffers prepare to offer their most advanced soldering class to date.

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