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ShawnHymel

Member Since: August 12, 2013

Country: United States

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Role

Engineering Superhero

Programming Languages

C, C++, CUDA, LabVIEW, MATLAB

Universities

  • Virginia Tech (2009-2011)
  • Rose-Hulman (2002-2006)

Expertise

Embedded systems, board layout, firmware, and mad soldering skillz.

Interests

Electronics and gadgets and stuff. Nerd stuff. Outside of that, swing dancing whenever I can.

Websites

shawnhymel.com

Let's celebrate Thomas Edison's birthday and talk about our Edison Blocks and some information on how to get started with the Intel Edison.

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I met Reagan at Maker Faire New York, and I ask him some questions about his recent project: an animatronic Jackal helmet from Stargate.

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Guest blog post by Arnoud Buzing of Wolfram Research on using the Edison and SparkFun Blocks to make a pendulum monitor.

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I share my designs for my new electronics workbench and go over some of the design decisions for it. I also cover what makes triangles more stable than squares.

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Overview of the related M2X Learn tutorial, which walks users through the process of connecting an Arduino and CC3000 to AT&T's M2X service.

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In this three-part video series, I show users how to setup their Raspberry Pi with Raspbian, connect a humidity and temperature sensor, and Tweet the results on a regular basis using Python.

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Designs for a custom, DIY electronics workbench, and some lessons I learned in the process.

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Why do we feel a tingle when we lick a 9V battery?

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How to create a Twitter monitor in Python and flash an LED using a Raspberry Pi.

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Why the voltage rating on capacitors matters and why you should derate them.

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BadgerHack

March 12, 2015

This tutorial shows users how to solder their SXSW 2015 SparkFun badges as well as put them to use in other projects.

Loading Debian (Ubilinux) on the Edison

December 5, 2014

How to load a Debian distribution (specifically Ubilinux) onto the Edison.

mbed Starter Kit Experiment Guide

November 27, 2014

This Experiment Guide will get you started with the wonderful world of mbed microcontrollers. Need to find that next step after mastering the Arduino? This a great place to take those skills to the next level.

APDS-9960 RGB and Gesture Sensor Hookup Guide

November 6, 2014

Getting started guide for the Avago APDS-9960 color, proximity, and gesture sensor.

Using AT&T's M2X With the CC3000

September 2, 2014

A set of tutorials and examples to show how to connect an Arduino and CC3000 to AT&T's M2X data streams. We show how to post, fetch, and delete data. The final lesson is controlling an LED from an M2X stream.

CC3000 Hookup Guide

April 3, 2014

Getting started guide for the CC3000 shield and breakout board.

Getting Started with the BrickPi

February 20, 2014

How to connect Lego Mindstorms to the Raspberry Pi using the BrickPi.

USB Type A Female Breakout Hookup Guide

February 13, 2014

An above-and-beyond example using the USB Type A Female Breakout board.

AT42QT1010 Capacitive Touch Breakout Hookup Guide

December 12, 2013

Learn how to use the simple AT24QT1010 Capacitive Touch Breakout.

INA169 Breakout Board Hookup Guide

November 20, 2013

How to interface with the INA169 Breakout Board to measure current.

Raspberry Pi Twitter Monitor

November 19, 2013

How to use a Raspberry Pi to monitor Twitter for hashtags and blink an LED.
  • I don’t have my Edison to try anything at the moment, but I’m starting to suspect something wrong with dfu-util. Did you install dfu-util, or are you using the version that came with Ubuntu?

  • Oops! I thought this was the shield. You are correct. Those pins should also work.

    I tested the library with Arduino v1.0.5, if that helps.

  • The gotcha with the Mega is that SPI is not on pins 10-13, like on the UNO. You’ll need to populate the 2x3 ISCP header, which has SPI.

  • I got mine to flash on 10.10, but it hangs on boot. Take a look at BrentBoron’s post below. He modified the flashall.sh and got it to work with 10.9.

    I’m still trying to figure out a solid flashing method from OS X. I have a question out to the EmutexLabs people now.

  • It definitely seems like the flashing process worked. What operating system are you using?

  • If you get the “Cannot open line screen error,” that means that you’re not communicating with the FTDI chip. The Edison can be powered down, and as long as you have a USB cable connected to the FTDI , you should be able to open a screen terminal. Are you using the Arduino, Mini, or Base Block with the Edison?

    As for the “Reached target Rescue Mode,” that seems a bit worse. I had my Edison working from Yosemite yesterday (I’m not a Mac person, so I had to borrow one). However, it now appears to be hitting that same error. I’ll need to look into it more (I’ll make a note on the tutorial under the OS X part). In the meantime, do you have another OS available that you could try the flashing process from?

  • Correct, SDA is A4 and SCL is A5. The board is most like the Pro Mini (the pinout is the same). However, keep in mind that it has a customized Arduino bootloader to let it run at 4 MHz and all the way down to 1.8 V for the microcontroller. It looks like the gyro you’re talking about needs at least 2.7 V. Are you trying to run it from batteries or USB power?

    And I’ll tell the team that the LED array is working out great :)

  • There are no plans for the CC3100 for now, but we are working on some other WiFi modules.

  • Thanks! Glad you liked it :) Any plans to make it do other stuff?

  • We are discussing the possibility of selling them or something like it.

mbed Starter Kit - Part 8: Temperature Logging

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The parts listed are required for the [mbed Starter Kit - Part 8…

TEI '15 Workshop

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List of parts to get you started with logging temperature/humidi…

APDS-9960 Hookup Guide

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List of materials needed for the [APDS-9960 RGB and Gesture Sens…

M2X Tutorial - Temperature Data Logging

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Parts needed for connecting an Arduino and CC3000 to AT&T's M2X …

M2X Tutorial - Controlling a Device

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M2X Tutorial - Fetching Data

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mbed Starter Kit - Part 10: Hardware Soundboard

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The parts listed are required for the [mbed Starter Kit - Part 1…

mbed Starter Kit - Part 9: PWM Sounds

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mbed Starter Kit - Part 7: USB Device

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mbed Starter Kit - Part 6: USB Host and Threading

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mbed Starter Kit - Part 4: Accelerometer

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The parts listed are required for the [mbed Starter Kit - Part 4…

mbed Starter Kit - Part 5: Internet Clock

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mbed Starter Kit - Part 3: Graphic LCD

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mbed Starter Kit - Part 2: Buttons and PWM

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Getting Started With Raspberry Pi - Ep. 3

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Components needed to get started with the Raspberry Pi, as per m…

Getting Started With Raspberry Pi - Ep. 2

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Components needed to get started with the Raspberry Pi, as per m…

Getting Started With Raspberry Pi - Ep. 1

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Components needed to get started with the Raspberry Pi, as per m…

Party Button

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This is the wishlist for the Party Button that we'll be making o…