BeagleBoard/GSoC/2021 Proposal/blynk support DhruvaG
About Student: Dhruva Gole
Mentors: Jason Kridner
GSoC: GSoC entry
This project is currently just a proposal.
School: Veermata Jijabai Technological Inst.
Primary language : English, Marathi, Hindi
Typical work hours: 10AM - 7PM Indian Standard Time
Previous GSoC participation: I find embedded and IOT pretty interesting, given I have experience with ESP32, SIMCOM, ESP8266, Arduino UNO I think I will be able to excel in this project. This is the first time i am participating in GSoC.
About your project
Project name: Blynk Support for BeagleBone Black
There are no good examples of Blynk with BeagleBone boards and there is no option for it in their mobile App right now. This project will change that and provide good visibility for BeagleBone boards with well-documented examples and How-To guides.
Blynk provides iOS and Android apps to control any hardware over the Internet or directly using Bluetooth. However, the current version of the app does not support BeagleBone Board. This Project aims to enable that support which will lead to more popularity of the beaglebone boards and also ease of usage will increase.
We can use the blynk Smartphone App Emulator for creating and initial testing of custom Beaglebones support, and also port this on the beaglebones to see how well it works.
In-order to get support for the onboard sensors like 9 axis IMU (accels, gyros, magnetometer), barometer, thermometer, custom libraries will have to be written in Node.js for easier integration with the Blynk js framework. Libraries have been written like for example which we will first test on the BeagleBones to check if it works fine, and then move on to create further libraries as and if required for the other on-board sensors.
Once the above things start working on server level, focus can be shifted toward app development where we can add Beaglebones in the list of boards to choose from which will help encourage budding enthusiasts to try out beaglebone products for their IOT applications.
Yet to be finalized
|Mar 29||Applications open, Students register with GSoC, work on proposal with mentors|
|Apr 13||Proposal complete, Submitted to https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com|
|May 17||Proposal accepted or rejected|
|Jun 07||Pre-work complete, Coding officially begins!|
|Jun 17||Milestone #1,|
|June 24||Milestone #2,
|June 30||Milestone #3,
|July 12 18:00 UTC||Milestone #4, Mentors and students can begin submitting Phase 1 evaluations|
|July 16 18:00 UTC||Phase 1 Evaluation deadline
|July 23||Milestone #5
Integrate all the above examples into a single code at the hardware level, essentially creating a blynk library sort of for beagleboard blue.
|July 30||Milestone #6|
|Aug 06||Milestone #7|
|August 10||Milestone #8, Completion YouTube video|
|August 16 - 26 18:00 UTC||Final week: Students submit their final work product and their final mentor evaluation|
|August 23 - 30 18:00 UTC||Mentors submit final student evaluations|
Experience and approach
I have decent experience in C++, C and Python. I have done several projects involving embedded systems like ESP32, Arduino UNO, ESP8266 and am well-versed with freeRTOS. I recently did a project on ESP32, in which I used the DHT11 sensor to display humidity and temperature on a local HTML server . Other than that I have developed firmware for a 3 DOF arm based on a ESP32 custom board. I did an internship with a embedded device startup where I developed IOT node solutions for them using the ESP32 MCU, and SIMCOM 7600IE where I published local sensor data to the AWS IOT Core. I actively contribute to open source and do a lot of mini projects throughout the year, you can find my several more interesting projects at my github page
I believe that if I get stuck on my project and my mentor isn’t around, I will use the resources that are available to me. this includes looking on online forums for support, trying approaches that have worked from previous experience and also getting in touch with professionals via IRC/other media for support.
There are no good examples of Blynk with BeagleBone boards and there is no option for it in their mobile App right now. This project will change that and provide good visibility for BeagleBone boards with well-documented examples and How-To guides. -Deepak Khatri, Vedant Paranjape