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As we all know, putting things on the Internet is all the rage. Good news for us, TI has all of the components to make it easier to create cloud-connected applications, from microcontrollers (MCUs), to wireless devices and beyond.
For an upcoming charity event with United Way, the LaunchPad™ team decided to build an Internet-connected application that would encourage TI employees to take part in the United Way Foundation. Here’s what we were thinking:
Internet of Basketball (IoB)
We purchased an arcade basketball hoop, stripped out all of the native electronics then did a simple brain transplant so that we could use the TI LaunchPad and various BoosterPacks™ to enable our solution to talk to the cloud. Details on the hardware setup are available in this blog post.
To track players' scores, we wanted to tie everything to our TI badges, which are RFID-enabled. Here's how we'll keep track:
We’re just a few weeks away from the United Way kick off event here at Texas Instruments! TI employees will be able to badge in and compete for the top score on our Internet-connected arcade basketball machine for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights! In order to play, we’ll ask each participant to donate to the great causes that United Way supports!
Here’s a quick sneak peak of what we’re putting together:
Stay tuned as we continue to pull this demo together!
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