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Programming the Server (IoT Part 3 of 3)

In this third part of my IoT series, you will program a Python script to act as a WebSocket server for a collection of microcontrollers. This server will be able to read data from the microcontrollers, and send data to them as well.

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Programming the Microcontroller (IoT Part 2 of 3)

In this second part of my IoT series, you will program the mbed with example code that I have developed, and learn how the code works. The code is fairly simple, but its real value is in its reliability. I have worked hard to try to make the wireless connection as reliable, and as fast, as possible.

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Creating your own IoT Network (IoT Part 1 of 3)

In this series, we are going to look at how you can create your own IoT device without relying on a third party’s server to manage the communication. This tutorial is ideal if you are looking to setup a few IoT devices around your own home using your local network.

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PCB Design

There is something quite satisfying with designing your own PCB. It doesn’t matter if it is your first design or your hundredth, as soon as the PCB comes in from the manufacturer everyone in the lab will gather round to have a look at your artwork. It is even more satisfying when all of the components of your design fit perfectly on the board, and you haven’t swapped the VDD and VSS pins of your microcontroller.

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3D Printing with a Heated Bed

Over the past 4 months I have been getting familiar with one of our new toys here at the EPG Group – an inexpensive 3D printer. We have the Ultimaker Original, and it is a fine piece of kit. To date, I have used it to print out 19 custom parts that I have integrated into my DPhil project.

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