Issue #11

"Project BIG Button"


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     I am sure you are all wondering… What happened in last week’s OpenHours?! Especially for those who missed the live call, this email will hopefully outline the entire episode and provide all the promised resources mentioned during the episode. For anyone interested in recreating our featured guest’s project, you will surely find everything you need here.

That being said, last week we spoke with Barry Byford! An amazing 96Boards (more specifically DragonBoard 410c) enthusiast who came to us all the way from England. After announcements (see below for announcements) and taking a look back at last week’s episode, we went right into introductions.

As mentioned, Barry came to us via OpenHours conference call from England, where he lives. In the beginning of the episode, Barry spoke to us about himself, explaining how he ended up getting involved with 96Boards and the DragonBoard 410c. For a long time now, it has been a goal to get Bluetooth Low Energy usable on Linux Single Board Computers from within the Python programming language to interact with peripheral devices. Barry explained about some of the false starts he had with this goal, although with this project good progress has been made.

Using a 96Boards DragonBoard 410c, several micro:bit microcontrollers, a driver board, some BIG buttons and various miscellaneous wires and tools, this set of instructions will walk you through setting up your very own BIG Button Game! This particular application focuses on the use of both onboard Bluetooth modules (DragonBoard and micro:bit) as well as Python for the base programming language.

Instructions to recreate “Project BIG Button” can be found here


  • OpenHours will begin to gamify! Attending our weekly OpenHours call, participating in 96Boards forum activity and over all contributing to the 96Boards community will earn you community points(as long as we can track it). We will do our best to log community efforts on our side to ultimately generate a leaderboard for the website. Tracking and registering efforts might change as the team becomes more in tuned with collection process. Persons with the most community efforts will have chances to win 96Boards prizes such as boards, mezzanine, swag(96Boards, Linaro and member) and possibly a badge to the next Linaro Connect which will be held in San Francisco!
  • We have officially launched the OpenHours forum topics page! You are welcome to post/suggest new OpenHours related topics, open new questions to be addressed during the show, and/or tackle current issues that are facing the community.

Picture of the Week:

"Project BIG Button" Button box hardware - Photograph provided by:  Barry Byford

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Important links for you!

This week (April 06, 2017)

This week you can expect some fun conversation as we welcome a newcomer to the 96Boards team and community. Join us in welcoming our new member and participate in two new segments! "The Jean-Marc minute" and "Daniel Thompson Time", these new efforts are brought to you by 96Boards, Linaro and of course our Core Community! Brew some coffee, join our BlueJeans call, and have fun with us this Thursday at the end of the countdown.

Jean-Marc is our seasoned 96Boards Core Community member, and Daniel Thompson runs the 96Boards forums. I have been told they have some interesting things to share...

Last week (March 30th, 2017)

Barry Byford showed everyone on OpenHours the ins and outs of “Project BIG Button”. This project is a mix between 96Boards, BLE devices and fun! By the end of this episode (which can be accompanied by this blog) and Barry’s instruction set, you should be able to use BLE to seamlessly communicate between a 96Boards DragonBoard 410c and the micro:bit microcontroller. Thankfully, Barry was able to provide us with all of his code and experience. This baseline use-case BLE game will hopefully sets the foundation for future applications of a similar nature. We look forward to seeing what you all come up with! Feel free to bring your questions to the OpenHours forums. If anyone creates a derivative version of the BIG Button Game or another application around these efforts, we would love to feature it on the 96Boards website.

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