The firmware is the part of the software flashed to the ATMega328 on the EduBuzzers. It capable of both serving as a buzzer and being a base station.
It is written in C (technically, C++, although hardly any C++ is used). It uses the avr-libc, JeeLabs' RF12 library and Paul Stoffregen's OneWire library. A fourth "external" dependency is EmbedVM, which is documented as our virtual machine as it was developed for this project.
Note: You can skip this step, and instead use the file firmware/firmware.hex from the project repository.
In order to compile the firmware, you'll need
- the AVR libc tool chain (avr-gcc, avr/eeprom.h etc.),
- the Arduino libraries (WProgram.h),
- EmbedVM (/usr/local/share/embedvm/embedvm.[hc]), and
- arduino-cc (a build script).
You don't need to explicitly install the other libraries, as they are chcked into our repository.
Once you installed the required programs, build the firmware from
and install it using
$ arduino-cc -P /dev/ttyUSB0 -B duemilanove328 firmware.cc hardware.cc RF12.cpp OneWire.cpp embedvm.c firmware_vm.cc firmware_evt.cc firmware_ser.cc firmware_net.cc
(if you flash on an arduino uno, replace "duemilanove328" with "uno"; you might need to adapt the device name as well). The installation routine will be different if you use another way of flashing than flashing an ATMega sitting inside an Arduino; consult your flasher's operating instructions in that case.
Open issues are, in descending priority:
- separate timeout arrays for login and event
- redirect messages for controlling the base station itself
- fine-tuning timing for re-sends and responses (may only need validation)
- melody api
- reading battery status using new firmware
- reading RSSI state
removing arduino specific stuff to reduce resource usage(not a priority unless resources become a real problem)