Wiring and coding! Brittany H.

Coming back from the spring break we’re ready to continue our project. Our main goal for now is to begin coding our board to function as a communication device between the sensor and the phone via Bluetooth. Though setting up a program for this takes time and a lot of downloading if you’re not running on Linux. Thankfully from past experiences such as divHackathon and Code day, I already had my JDK set up with the proper pathway.

Creating new environmental variable and testing!
Creating new environmental variable and testing!

As you can see, I created a path for Java underneath environmental variables. I had then tested that the pathway was set up correctly with the command prompt, while it’s not shown in the picture, it worked as expected. Online resources from Arduino has a guide for this, but the guide itself is very vague, and would be difficult for a beginner to follow as they would have trouble finding where to locate what they need to put where. Now that we know exactly what we want the code to do we can start working on it, but due to the large program download we weren’t able to setup the program as we hoped.

While the program downloads we'll start on testing the Arduino program.
While the program downloads we’ll start on testing the Arduino program.

In this picture you can see that the development tools has a much larger process compared to Mac or Linux. I’ve never worked with Cygwin before but it seems very similar to BlueJay or the Andriod Development Kid. These tools are all available for free online. The problem we will be facing is finding out how Cygwin works as I only had time to download the program. If anyone has experience with ANT or Cygwin feel free to leave a comment below on suggestions where we should start to connect it with Arduino! While the download was in progress I worked on writing in some suggested code for the Arduino.

During this time our engineering students where working on the power point so we can begin finalizing what we want on our presentation. We’re keeping in mind that we’re also going to present this at Enviorfair, meaning that we need to keep is short and concise as there will be plenty of other projects to see in the school. So questions such as: How do we grab their attention? How do we keep them interested? Should we ask them if they would want to see this implemented in the future? It’s a great opportunity to find out if we have a larger audience than we thought. Or if this idea is a bust and wouldn’t be a product consumers would buy.

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  1. I absolutely love your project, and the progress that you have been making seems super complicated to me, so kudos for that ! I remember when I did my Intel internship we worked with the Galileo board and programming, and I never put in the thought to think about programing set up and which programs to run with the board. So it seems like your past experience really helped you out with that. On the topic of the maker fair, I like the idea of catching peoples attention, and in part that is half of what the maker fair is, aside form the product, It is how you present that is key to making for a good presentation. I suggest like you said to ask them “Do you want to see the future in action?, well.. here is (explain your project)”. I always get lured into questioning phrases about the future of technology, so you may want to consider that. Other than that its looking good and I am interested to see it at the maker fair.
    -Stephanie P

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