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How-To Intel IoT Code Samples: Home Fall Tracker

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This home fall tracker application is part of a series of how-to Intel® Internet of Things (IoT) code sample exercises using the Intel IoT Developer Kit, Intel® Edison development platform, cloud platforms, APIs, and other technologies.

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Introduction

This home fall tracker application is part of a series of how-to Intel® Internet of Things (IoT) code sample exercises using the Intel IoT Developer Kit, Intel® Edison development platform, cloud platforms, APIs, and other technologies.

From this exercise, developers will learn how to:

  • Connect the Intel® Edison development platform, a computing platform designed for prototyping and producing IoT and wearable computing products.
  • Interface with the Intel® Edison platform IO and sensor repository using MRAA and UPM from the Intel® IoT Developer Kit, a complete hardware and software solution to help developers explore the IoT and implement innovative projects.
  • Run this code sample in Intel® XDK IoT Edition, an IDE for creating applications that interact with sensors and actuators, enabling a quick start for developing software for the Intel® Edison board or the Intel® Galileo board.
  • Set up a web application server to store fall data using Azure* Redis Cache from Microsoft, cloud services for connecting IoT solutions including data analysis, machine learning, and a variety of productivity tools to simplify the process of connecting your sensors to the cloud and getting your IoT project up and running quickly.
  • Invoke the services of the Twilio* API for sending text messages.

What it is

Using an Intel® Edison board, this project lets you create a home fall tracker bracelet that:

  • Monitors for possible falls using the accelerometer.
  • Sends a text alert when a possible fall is detected.
  • Displays information that help is on the way using the OLED display.
  • Keeps track of detected devices, using cloud-based data storage.

How it works

The home fall tracker bracelet detects potential falls with the accelerometer. If it detects a possible fall, it sends a text alert via Twilio* and lets the user know that their caretaker has been notified and help is on the way.

Optionally, all data can be stored using the Intel® IoT Examples Data.store running in your own Microsoft Azure* account.

Hardware requirements

Xadow* Starter Kit containing:

  1. Intel® Edison board with a Xadow expansion board
  2. Xadow - OLED display
  3. Xadow - 3-Axis Accelerometer

Software requirements

  1. Intel® XDK IoT Edition
  2. Microsoft Azure* account
  3. Twilio* account

How to set up

To begin, clone the How-To Intel IoT Code Samples repository onto your computer with Git* as follows:

$ git clone https://github.com/intel-iot-devkit/how-to-code-samples.git

To download a .zip file, in your web browser go to https://github.com/intel-iot-devkit/how-to-code-samples and click the Download ZIP button on the right-hand side. Once the .zip file is downloaded, uncompress it and use the files in the directory for this example.

Adding the program to Intel® XDK IoT Edition

In Intel® XDK IoT Edition, select Import Your Node.js Project:

Image 1

Then, navigate to the directory where the example project exists, and select it:

Image 2

You need to connect to your Intel® Edison board from your computer to send code to it.

Image 3

Click the IoT Device menu at the bottom left. If your Intel® Edison board is automatically recognized, select it.

Image 4

Otherwise, select Add Manual Connection. In the Address field, type 192.168.2.15. In the Port field, type 58888. Click Connect to save your connection.

Installing the program manually on the Intel® Edison board

Alternatively, you can set up the code manually on the Intel® Edison board.

Clone the How-To Intel IoT Code Samples repository to your Intel® Edison board after you establish an SSH connection to it, as follows:

$ git clone https://github.com/intel-iot-devkit/how-to-code-samples.git

Then navigate to the directory with this example.

To install Git* on the Intel® Edison board if you don’t have it yet, establish an SSH connection to the board and run the following command:

$ opkg install git

Connecting the Xadow* sensors

Image 5

You need to have a Xadow* expansion board connected to Intel® Edison to plug in all the Xadow devices.

  1. Plug one end of a Xadow connector into the Xadow - OLED Display, and then connect the other end to one of the side connectors on the Xadow expansion board.
  2. Plug one end of a Xadow connector into the Xadow - 3-Axis Accelerometer, and then connect the other end to one of the side connectors on the Xadow expansion board.

Manual Intel® Edison board setup

If you're running this code on your Intel® Edison board manually, you need to install some dependencies.

To obtain the Node.js* modules needed for this example to execute on the Intel® Edison board, run the following command:

npm install

Twilio* API key

To optionally send text messages, you need to register for an account and get an API key from the Twilio* website:

https://www.twilio.com

You cannot send text messages without obtaining a Twilio* API key first. You can still run the example, but without the text messages.

Pass your Twilio* API key and authentication token to the sample program by modifying the TWILIO_ACCT_SID and TWILIO_AUTH_TOKEN keys in the config.json file as follows:

{
  "TWILIO_ACCT_SID": "YOURAPIKEY",
  "TWILIO_AUTH_TOKEN": "YOURTOKEN"
}

Microsoft Azure* server setup

Optionally, you can store the data generated by this example program in a back-end database deployed using Microsoft Azure*, Node.js*, and a Redis* data store.

For information on how to set up your own cloud data server, go to:

https://github.com/intel-iot-devkit/intel-iot-examples-datastore

Configuring the example

To configure the example for sending optional text messages, obtain an API key from the Twilio* website as explained above, and then change the TWILIO_ACCT_SID and TWILIO_AUTH_TOKEN keys in the config.json file as follows:

{
  "TWILIO_ACCT_SID": "YOURAPIKEY",
  "TWILIO_AUTH_TOKEN": "YOURTOKEN"
}

To configure the example for the optional Microsoft Azure* data store, change the SERVER and AUTH_TOKEN keys in the config.json file as follows:

{
  "SERVER": "http://intel-examples.azurewebsites.net/logger/fall-detector",
  "AUTH_TOKEN": "s3cr3t"
}

To configure the example for both the text messages and the Microsoft Azure* data store, change the TWILIO_ACCT_SID, TWILIO_AUTH_TOKEN, SERVER, and AUTH_TOKEN keys in the config.json file as follows:

{
  "TWILIO_ACCT_SID": "YOURAPIKEY",
  "TWILIO_AUTH_TOKEN": "YOURTOKEN",
  "SERVER": "http://intel-examples.azurewebsites.net/logger/fall-detector",
  "AUTH_TOKEN": "s3cr3t"
}

Running the program using Intel® XDK IoT Edition

When you're ready to run the example, make sure you saved all the files.

Image 6

Click the Upload icon to upload the files to the Intel® Edison board.

Image 7

Click the Run icon at the bottom of Intel® XDK IoT Edition. This runs the code on the Intel® Edison board.

Image 8

If you made changes to the code, click Upload and Run. This runs the latest code with your changes on the Intel® Edison board.

Image 9

You will see output similar to the above when the program is running.

Running the program manually

To run the example manually on the Intel® Edison board, establish an SSH connection to the board and execute the following command:

node index.js

Determining the Intel® Edison board's IP address

You can determine what IP address the Intel® Edison board is connected to by running the following command:

ip addr show | grep wlan

You will see output similar to the following:

3: wlan0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast qlen 1000
    inet 192.168.1.13/24 brd 192.168.1.255 scope global wlan0

The IP address is shown next to inet. In the example above, the IP address is 192.168.1.13.

For a complete list of How-To Intel® IoT Code Samples, go to Intel® Developer Zone.

For more details about this code sample, go to GitHub*.

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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