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May 07, 2015

Cypress will be at the 2015 Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA over the weekend of May 15 - 17.

Come visit us at the Zone 2 Expo Hall and meet the winner of the PSoC Pioneer Challenge, hack projects in the PSoC Makerspace, play the BLE Nerf Blaster to win prizes and goodies, and participate in a Bluetooth Low Energy Easter Egg Hunt!

We will also be demonstrating several Cypress solutions for Makers, including low-cost dev kits for PSoCs, MCUs, BLE, USB, Memory and more.

We hope you see you there!

For details, please visit www.cypress.com/PSoCMaker

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Apr 28, 2015
After narrowing down an impressive field of submissions to 10 exceptional finalists, we are pleased to announce the grand prize winner and runner-up for the PSoC Pioneer Challenge!
This competition is the first of its kind. It challenged makers to design Internet of Things (IoT) projects using Cypress new Bluetooth® Smart PSoC 4 BLE Pioneer Kit  and was judged by a panel from Cypress Semiconductor, Arrow Electronics and Make.
 
 
Grand Prize Winner: Electric bicycle data collection and logging service by Chuck Swiger
 
The grand prize winner of the PSoC Pioneer challenge was a homemade electric bike project made from new, obsolete laptop lithium ion batteries, has a commercial dashboard called the Cycle Analyst. The Cycle Analyst displays the battery state of charge (amp hours or watt hours used since last charge, essentially how much gas is left in the tank), as well as the voltage, amps being used at the moment, bike speed and cumulative distance traveled on a charge. For his winning design, Swiger will receive $2,500 for travel and expenses to the upcoming 10th anniversary Maker Faire Bay Area.
 
The project uses the PSoC to read the Cycle Analyst serial data with a universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter (UART), parses it in firmware and sends it over to a cell phone using the PSoC 4 BLE module. In addition to the analyst serial data, an analog ambient temperature sensor (tmp36) is read with an analog-digital converter and two more ADCs use external voltage divider resistors to read the two battery packs and monitor cell balance.
On the cell phone, a custom application can scan for and connect to the PSoC and stores the data read (amp hours, volts, amps, speed, distance, temperature and pack 1 and pack 2 voltages) in an SQLite database file along with a timestamp and current GPS position if available.
 
 
Runner-Up: Chipper Alarm
 
The runner-up is something any non-morning person can appreciate! Chipper, an intelligent alarm clock, breaks you out of your snoozing habits. The alarm will only stop ringing when you leave your bed and it ll ring again if you get back in. It guarantees that you will get out of bed on time, every single morning. For their project, the winners will receive a $100 gift certificate to Maker Shed, a $100 gift certificate to Arrow Electronics and a $250 gift certificate to Cypress Semiconductor.
 
The CapSense® module, combined with a special fabric sensor, detects the tiny increase in capacitance when one occupies the bed. The ARM® Cortex®-M0 core microprocessor inside the PSoC chip processes and filters the capacitance signal, operates the buzzer and runs the alarm with the real-time clock. Thanks to the PSoC s wide input voltage range and the external components on the PSoC module board, we only need to attach batteries, the buzzer and the sensor to build the entire system.
The Bluetooth Smart module inside the PSoC can connect to a smartphone so you can easily set alarm times and control settings for your own Chipper.
We would like to thank and congratulate all of the participants. All the projects that were submitted were extremely impressive! Each demonstrated the very unique capabilities and possibilities of a low energy Bluetooth Smart application and advantages of PSoC technology, and we are so encouraged to see such creativity and ingenuity from the Maker community. We look forward to seeing what innovations and pioneering ideas come next.
 
 
 
If you re going to be at Maker Faire Bay Area May 16-17, check out Swiger s winning project at the Cypress and Arrow booth #200 in the Expo Hall. We may just ride past you!
 
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Apr 21, 2015

The new $25 PSoC 4 M-Series Pioneer Kit is now avaiable on cypress.com for online ordering!

This new development kit features the latest generation of PSoC devices - the PSoC M-Series featuring more programmable analog and digital blocks, more Flash (upto 128 KB), more GPIO (upto 55) and new Components including CAN, RTC and DMA.

The development is feature packed with the following:

  • CapSense Gesture Pad with swipe and circular gestures
  • Onboard sensors including temperature, 3-axis accelerometer and ambient light
  • Onboard RGB LEDs, user buttons, and a 1-Mbit Cypress F-RAM device
  • Onboard USB programmer and debugger
  • Flexible prototyping interfaces:
    • Arduino shield interface
    • Raspberry Pi interface
    • Digilent Pmod interface

Each of these development kits also ships with a free 30-day license for Micrium µC/Probe, allowing users to graphically visualize the internal registers and memory locations of the PSoC 4 M-Series device!

Visit www.cypress.com/CY8CKIT-044 to learn more.

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Apr 07, 2015

The PSoC Pioneer Challenge: Maker Faire Edition closed for design submissions yesterday.

We have received some excellent PSoC 4 BLE designs for this IoT-based design contest using the BLE Pioneer Kit.

You now have the chance to vote for the five finalists of this design contest!

Click here to see the design submissions and cast votes for your favorite projects.

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Mar 31, 2015

The ongoing blog series for 100 Projects in 100 Days with PSoC 4 BLE is now up to thirty (30) example projects.

Use these simple PSoC Creator projects to learn about Bluetooth Low Energy using the $49 BLE Pioneer Kit.

These projects cover basic BLE topics like GAP Roles, Profiles, security concepts, OTA firmware upgrades, power optimization, and more!

And remember, entries for the PSoC Pioneer Challenge are accepted through April 6th, 2015!

Click here to see the first 30 example projects: www.cypress.com/100Projects

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