Pysense: hardware setup in a virtual machine

I had to help someone starting a project which includes, among others, a Pysense board.

The development environment was Linux Mint 18.3, running in a VirtualBox virtual machine (VirtualBox version 5.2.26). The host system was a MacBook Pro running macOS Mojave.

One difficulty that the user may face with this environment relates to the USB device redirection. When the Pysense is switched to bootloader mode, for firmware upgrade, it stays in this mode less than 7 seconds, which is not long enough to configure VirtualBox.

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IoT device development kits

Updated: 23-Dec-2019

Here is a list of various low cost programmable boards, with some (wireless) connectivity.

  • Thunderboard Sense 2 Sensor-to-Cloud Advanced IoT Development Kit, from Silicon Labs – ARM Cortex M4 core with 256 kB RAM and 1024 kB Flash, multi-protocol radio, sensors, source code of applications for Android, iOS and web – US$36 (Dec-2019)
  • Icarus IoT Board, from Actinius – based on the nRF9160 – LTE-M / NB-IoT, GPS – 99.50 € (Nov-2019)
  • Thingy:91, from Nordic – based on the nRF9160 – LTE-M / NB-IoT, GPS, 16 sensors, Bluetooth / Thread / Zigbee / ANT, plastic and rubber case – around US$ 119 (Aug-2019)

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