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For questions concerning IoT applications that use microcontrollers as control units. Almost every IoT device has an embedded microcontroller. Thus, use this tag when the usage, development or constraints of the microcontroller are at the core of the question.

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Selecting a microcontroller for a battery operated data collection project

I am planning to measure water level in a well, which is about 10 m deep with maximum water level up to 5 m. My plan is to use ultrasonic sensor HC SR04 to measure depth, transmit it via ZigBee to a ...
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Is there a big jump between prototyping on a Pi, and using a microcontroller?

This question asks, amongst other things, if there is a big learning curve between using Python on a Raspberry Pi to prototype an endpoint, and using a microcontroller. Clearly there is a big ...
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What is the simplest programmable IoT device that can connect to Wi-Fi?

I am trying to build a cheap asset tracker that can be powered by a battery pack. All I need the IoT device to do, is to connect to known WiFi network access points. I have access to the backend ...
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What do I need to create my own personal cloud for IoT devices?

This is a subject I have been thinking of for a while, especially because the "IoT" concept has been floating around a lot lately. I will start with what I mean when I say "IoT". I know that the term ...
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What factors to consider when selecting an integrated wifi MCU for a low powered edge device?

The motivation for this question comes from the fact that some time ago I created a simple proof of concept (PoC) IoT edge device using a microcontroller and a CC3100 Wifi network processor. One of ...
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Cheap IoT microcontroller with PoE

Can anyone recommend a simple micro-controller with some I/O (<8) that can be powered using PoE, something cheap like Raspberri Pi Zero. The requirements are: Support PoE integrated. No power ...
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Can I implement ZigBee with generic hardware?

As I understand ZigBee is only a specification of a data transfer protocol. So I was expecting to find some library that implements this protocol to use it with my MCU and RF transceiver. Instead, I ...
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Power reduction for Raspberry Pi GPS/GSM tracker

I've recently built a fully functional IoT GPS/GSM tracker with a Pi Zero for a college project and now that it's finished and done with, I would like to minimize the current draw of the entire system ...
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What is the difference between MCU, VM, firmware and Kalimba DSP in the CSR8675 chip? [closed]

This question is about understanding the internal workings of the CSR8675 Bluetooth audio chip These four terms keep popping up while working with the CSR8670/8675 chip VM (Virtual machine) ...
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Are there any ready cloud services or frameworks for firmware update over the air?

I have prototype of the resource constrained-device (8-bit MCU with no-OS firmware), interacting with a web server. I wonder are there any solutions, frameworks or cloud services for updating my ...
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How can I push data from car-mounted microcontrollers to a remote server?

Firstly, I'm a newbie in the IoT field. Hardware parts are quite new to me. I want to make a small project. That is creating a box attached into a car that can keep track its location and temperature....
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