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BE READY TO START

Build and program a Smart House, powered by the what’s next RED board with Wi-Fi. Control a miniature house’s ambient light color, ring the bell, receive motion detection alerts, and monitor the ambient temperature.

All from a personal mobile device (Apple iPhone/ iPad, Chromebook, or Android device) connected to the local network.

TO BEGIN YOU WILL NEED
  • RED board with Wi-Fi
  • USB cable
  • Jumper wires
  • Breadboard
  • Resistors
  • Transparent base
  • RGB LED
  • Temperature sensor
  • Piezo buzzer
  • PIR sensor
  • Plastic work base
  • Plastic pegs
  • Computer

Note: If your path has started on the domus booklet you can skip some steps and jump on INSTALL PLATFORM

MEET THE RED BOARD

RED Datasheet

The microcontroller development board that will be the brain of your project, and beyond. The RED board with integrated Wi-Fi is for beginner and advanced users alike. It is based on the ATmega328 microcontroller and features the ESP8266 Wi-Fi chip. If you are getting started with circuits and want to create IoT devices, this is the board to have.

PREPARE YOUR TOOLS

Before you start controlling the world around you, you will need to download the IDE-Integrated Development Environment, to program your board. The Arduino IDE allows you to write programs and upload them to your What's next board.

Download IDE

For Windows users

You can choose between the Installer (.exe) or the (.zip) Zip package. We suggest you use the first one that installs directly everything you need to use the Arduino Software (IDE), including the necessary drivers for your board to be detected by your PC. With the Zip package you need to install the drivers manually.

PREPARE YOUR WORK BASE TO PROTOTYPE

Have your what’s next RED board, the plastic work base, and the plastic pegs that are included in the kit? This work base will help you work with the RED board and the breadboard - holding everything together. It will also be the base of your paper Smart House.

INSTALL PLATFORM

To use what's next boards you need to install what's next platform. In order to do that,

  • Open the Arduino IDE
  • Choose Preferences from the menu
  • In the Additional Boards Manager URLs, add this URL:

http://download.whatsnext.shop/platforms/package_whatsnext_index.json

After you insert the url press the OK button

Open the board manager from Tools > Board > Boards Manager, and select the what's next platform that corresponds to your board.Add the AVR platform for the red board.

INSTALL DRIVERS

On Linux and Mac OSX you’re not required to do any further step.

For Windows users

In order to properly work with your board, you need to install the board drivers.

Download the Installer

Now you just need to double click on the downloaded file and you’re ready to go.

Note: if a Windows smart screen message pops-up when you doble click on the installer, select “further information” and “run anyway” to proceed at the drivers installation.

SET UP THE IDE

Have your What’s Next board and USB cable near your computer? It’ time to let the computer start to talk with the board. Plug the USB cable into the board and computer as well.

You’re only a few steps form getting ready: the development environment still needs to be set to work with your what’s next board. Go to Tools > Board and choose red from the drop-down menu. Then go to Tools > Port and choose the port number labelled with the red. If all is properly set up, you’ll see your board’s name and port in the lower right cor- ner of the IDE.

NEXT STEP

wiki/domus.txt · Last modified: 2019/01/26 10:36 (external edit)