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Member #708635

Member Since: August 11, 2015

Country: United States

  • I know this is a retired product for Spark fun, but this page still shows up as a top search result for "STVD LiPo ...". For anyone who lands here looking for details on the "STVD" stamped IC they found inside their battery, here are a couple (pretty unhelpful) clues to save you 5 min:

    • The charge controller (and probably the whole product) is made by "Dongguan STVD Technology Co." Closest thing to a website: http://m.globalsources.com/si/AS/Dongguan-STVD/6008828887920/CompanyProfile.htm

    • Their "house" brand for these devices is "Yi Lee Charger"

    • Looks like they sell products, not chips. The "STVD" IC would therefore be a proprietary design, explaining the lack of any worthwhile data sheet.

  • Oh, and it's a hell of a lot easier to tell someone you're doing, "IoT stuff" than, "building end-to-end securely auto-provisioned fault-tolerant mesh networks comprised of protocol agnostic interconnected nodes with heterogeneous embedded hardware".

  • None of the projects (which presumably includes the people behind them) building things which fall under the subject seem to be concerned whatsoever with defining the term "IoT". And for good reason.

    It doesn't matter what you call it.

    The availability of inexpensive networking modules (down 300% in just two years), powerful SoC (system on chip) development boards, and a growing community of makers are all indicators of a changing tide that's as strong as the advent of personal computing in the 80's.

    It's still early days yet, and if you're old enough to remember, it might seem familiar that the internet age was also preceded by hyped buzzwords like "information superhighway", "cyber{everything}", "internet online". The big companies eventually caught wind and tried hard to stake their claim. Some managed to do so, for a time. But in the end, what remains?

    Not the buzzwords, not the hype, and not the corporate ownership. You don't see "http://" on a single billboard anymore, and you don't ask your friends if they own a PC, are "online" or have an "email account".

    Call it whatever you want. You're free to spend all your time condemning the definition of a phase that will be forgotten in less than a decade. But you'll have entirely missed the point.

  • "No, really. It shoots awesome flames. Just hang on. It'll work this time, I swear. I just need to fix this one last thing."

No public wish lists :(