What is Weather Meter 2.0? A stationary weathervane that measures temperature, wind speed and direction, and precipitation All data received from the weathervane is graphically displayed on a touchscreen
How does it work? The weathervane is connected to an mbed microcontroller via RJ11 breakout connectors. The mbed is responsible for receiving and transmitting the weather data to the Altera DE2 development board and also to our team’s website via Cosm.com (formally known as Pachube.com). The touchscreen is connected to the DE2 where it is able to display the weather data.
Decisions, decisions...Our project took many differentturns before reaching this point.
Roadblocks• The MAVRK and µMAVRK• DE2 Ethernet capabilities• Mbed Wi-Fly• Poor Documentation
The road to success... (cont’d) Our original product: Used a completely different platform for weather data (The TI MAVRK and µMAVRK, no mbed) Communicated via Ethernet ○ The DE2 communicating via wired Ethernet to update weather information on cosm.com Exhibited an interactive UI on the touchscreen
What we learned... • How to work with an unfamiliar platform with a limited amount of time • How exactly does a touchscreen work? • How to debug other people’s code
Advice to Future ESD3 Students Sooner than later is better. It’s cool to think BIG when you have a lot of time. Be proactive in asking for assistance
Questions? Our team’s webpage is: http://people.rit.edu/rab5923/esd3