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16×9 G click – green LEDs, light intensity and music

16×9 G click is our new click in the display section. It has 144 green LEDs (as the G in the name implies). The fun thing about it is that each LED can be individually controlled, and not just for ON/OFF control, but light intensity as well. You can set the light intensity for individual LEDs, and individual frames. See the code examples for Hexiwear at the GitHub repository. Music and light intensity Find a song with a good beat and modulate…

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Build your own Hexiwear Healthcare Tracking System

Our versatile development system seems to be inspiring some awesome projects. The newest one is oriented towards health – a Hexiwear Healthcare Tracking System. Build your own health tracking system Mehmet, an embedded system engineer and a blogger on Design Spark has published the first part of a tutorial on how to build a Healthcare Tracking System for Dementia Patients and Elderly. The basic idea is since healthcare and fitness wearables are getting so popular lately, why don’t you build one yourself….

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LCD mini click, a 2×16 display for all your short messages

Our display click section has just received a new member – LCD mini click.  It features the MCP23S17 port expander and the MCP4161 digital potentiometer, both from Microchip. The click is designed to run on either 3.3V or 5V power supply. To see code examples for Hexiwear, visit the GitHub repository page for the click. 2×16 LCD displays These LCD screens can display a maximum of 32 characters in two lines, 16 characters per one line. They are rather small and ideal for displaying short…

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Hexiwear wins its fifth award so far

Hexiwear has been voted as the “Best for Rapid Prototyping” development platform in the Hackster Maker Madness competition. Maker Madness 2016 A few days before Christmas we wrote about Hexiwear being chosen as one of the eight development boards for the Maker Madness – Best IoT boards of 2016 competition. We are happy to announce that this is the fifth award that Hexiwear has one so far. A nice round number to begin the year with. Here is what people had to…

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Skywire™ click — Skywire modules endorse mikroBUS™

We have a new click out, with a very interesting name, like something out of a sci-fi novel — Skywire™ click. Skywire™ click is an adapter click for connecting NimbeLink/Skywire cellular modems to MikroElektronika development boards. The click is designed to run on either 3.3V or 5V power supply. It communicates with the target microcontroller over UART interface. To see code examples for Hexiwear, visit the GitHub repository page. Skywire click code example Our engineers have made a code example which uses the…

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Hexiwear, BLE and sharks – tutorial on BLE communication packets

Sharks are very good at sniffing, one of the best species in the animal kingdom. They can detect one drop of blood in a million drops of water. So, it is only appropriate that the packet sniffer used in this tutorial for Hexiwear is called Wireshark. Record and analyze BLE communication packets In this new tutorial, from our friend Erich Styger (MCU on Eclipse), you’ll learn how to record and analyze BLE communication packets between Hexiwear and Raspberry Pi 3, using Wireshark and…

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As seen at CES2017: Supercharging your gym session with Hexiwear

Hexiwear is not losing its momentum, and neither is the girl riding the bicycle at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas. NXP has shared a short video from the CES showroom of how to supercharge your gym session with Hexiwear. Perhaps it will inspire you to optimize your workout with Hexiwear as well. CES 2017 The International CES (Consumer Electronics Show®) has been around since 1967. It’s a gathering place for people to showcase consumer technology innovations, from all over the world….

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Smart home control with Hexiwear and openHAB

In one of our latest post, we shared a tutorial from Erich (MCU on Eclipse) on how to pair Hexiwear with Raspberry Pi 3. Today we are moving one step further — Erich has a new post about controlling Hexiwear on openHAB. OpenHAB is an open source platform intended for home automation needs; it allows communication and interaction between different systems. This time Erich is teaching everyone how to turn LEDs on Hexiwear on/off, using openHAB that’s running on Raspberry Pi. Now, you may think that…

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Here’s how to make Hexiwear Qi charging compatible

Erich from mcuoneclipse.com has made an interesting project on how to build a wireless charging system for Hexiwear from Qi receivers he bought at IKEA. He used the Samsung Galaxy S4 Qi receiver. To begin you’ll need to open the plastic wireless phone cover. Inside you will find the receiver circuit, the battery connector and the charging coil (hidden under the black FFDM). Once you are done connecting all the wires you can put everything in the 3D printed enclosure. In case…

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A tutorial on pairing Hexiwear with Raspberry Pi 3

As you may already know, Hexiwear has a built-in BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) transceiver. With this tutorial you will learn how to pair Hexiwear with Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. Here is the run-down. Download BlueZ The first thing you will need to do is download BlueZ, a Bluetooth stack for Linux. You can download the newest version (V5.43) at this link. The next step is to download the source code, unpack it, follow the instructions in the tutorial and install it. A…

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