TiLDA Mk4: the EMF 2018 Cellular Badge, Programmable in #MicroPython #BadgeLife
You may have seen on social media that electronic convention badges are big, big, BIG this year. Well, this may be the ultimate for Electromagnetic Field 2018, a 3 day festival:
Electromagnetic Field 2018, the event that celebrates technology, science, engineering, and weird inventions, is just around the corner again. And likepreviousyears we have a free ready-to-hack electronic badge for all attendees.
We’ve gone all out this year, doing things that many said were impossible. You might have seen our previous blog about the experimental GSM mobile phone network we’re deploying – but did you guess that we built it for the badge?
Thanks to the generous sponsorship and support provided by Texas Instruments, HCD, Seeed Studio and the hard work of our Badge Team we’ve topped all previous versions – Say hello to the TiLDA Mk4.
An on-board SIM800 GSM module allows you to make & receive calls, send text messages, and use data anywhere in the world. At camp it’s a fun toy, but when you leave it’s perfect for remote IoT connectivity (it has LOTS of sensors).
TiLDA Mk4 uses TI’s latest SimpleLink MCU Platform running the most up-to-date version of MicroPython, which means you can program your badge as easily as copying text files to a usb stick.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.