Charles J. Lord

Charles J. Lord, PE is an embedded systems consultant and trainer with over 40 years' experience in system design and development in medical, military, and industrial applications. For the last twelve years, he has specialized in the integration of communication protocols into clients' products, including USB, Ethernet, and low-power wireless including ZigBee, 6LoWPAN, LoRa, and Thread. He has taught classes in these protocols for Freescale, Renesas, various universities and conferences including ESC and Arm TechCon. He has been a design partner with Freescale/NXP, Microchip, and Renesas. He also teaches webinars for various clients on IoT and embedded systems topics. He earned his BS in electrical engineering from N.C. State University in Raleigh, N.C. and provides training and consulting services through his company, Blue Ridge Advanced Design, in Asheville, N.C. He is a licensed professional engineer in NC and a senior member of the IEEE. In his volunteer work at the IEEE, he has served at many levels from local to regional to board committees. He is currently the chair of the IEEE Western NC Section, NC Council and was general chair of IEEE SoutheastCon 1995 and 2017.

August 26 - Day 5: Advanced Coding

Now that we have written some code using the online and simple IDE tools, we will look at using some familiar IDEs and writing 'bare metal' and even RTOS-based code for the STM chip on our PHOTON board.
August 26, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT

August 25 - Day 4: Programming the PHOTON Board Online

In this penultimate class, we will take what we learned so far and write some beginning code using the free online Integrated Development Environment (IDE), as well as a version that can run on our own computers. We will then look at ways that we can use the node in our local Internet of Things.
August 25, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT

August 24 - Day 3: Azure and the Cloud

For our third class, we will delve into the use of the cloud for our IoT applications for the PHOTON by setting up a simple and free Azure account and teaching our board to talk to it.
August 24, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT

August 23 - Day 2: Starting to Use PHOTON

For our second class, we will download the smartphone app for the board and learn about basic commissioning and testing of the board. We will perform some basic functions using the sample applications available in the maker domain.
August 23, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT

August 22 - Day 1: Introduction to Particle PHOTON Board

In this leadoff class, we will look at the structure of the PHOTON board - its architecture, the chips used, and the features built into the board. We will also look at the infrastructure that the manufacturer has established for the board and that we will use for the remainder of the week.
August 22, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT

June 10 - Day 5: Advanced Coding

Now that we have written some code and started testing out our node, we will learn some advanced application programming and alternative means of programming our nodes. In this final class, we will see how to make use of the chip I/O as well as how to load the chip with Arduino for use with the...
June 10, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT

June 9 - Day 4: The NodeMCU in Depth and Programming

In this penultimate class, we will take what we learned so far and write some beginning code on the ESP8266. We will learn how to configure a node to work with a specific network then look at ways that we can use the node in our local Internet of Things.
June 09, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT

June 8 - Day 3: Lua in Depth, Part 2

For our third class, we will delve into the more advanced aspects of Lua, including nested functions and some of the application-specific features for gaming and other applications.
June 08, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT

June 7 - Day 2: Lua in Depth, Part 1

For our second class, we will begin to look at the Lua language in depth. We will look at all of the basic constructs, including variables and program flow, and show some examples of each and how we can test some basic programs as we go along.
June 07, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT

June 6 - Day 1: Introduction to Lua and the ESP8266

In this leadoff class, we will look briefly at the ESP8266 chip and the various Node MCU boards that are available with the chip. We will then discuss the history of the Lua language and how it is used for programming various applications.
June 06, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT

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