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Nanospark Ignites A New Learning Environment for UW-Stout Students

Nanospark Ignites A New Learning Environment for UW-Stout Students

NANOSPARK IGNITES A NEW LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR UW-STOUT STUDENTS Nanospark and University of Wisconsin-Stout joined forces to create a hands-on learning environment for students.  Nanospark sponsored an iOS app development lab that allowed UW-Stout students to practice their software developing techniques and gain project management skills. Students were mentored by Professor Dennis Schmidt and Professor Brent Dingle, who facilitated the independent study. Both professors took on this opportunity to help students advance their skills.  As most universities began teaching students the iOS platform when it first arrived to the marketplace, small schools struggled to find the resources.  Nanospark gave UW-Stout the resources needed to explore Objective C and iOS, along with the professors donating their time and support to the independent study. Learning the theories behind development is crucial, but the independent study practiced the information in a hands-on environment, preparing them for a career.  In the app development lab, students expanded their programming, system design, and collaboration skills through various projects.  Students faced different progress reports including the basic understanding of development, documentation of the applications that were implemented, and a presentation showcasing their application. Different iOS applications were built including a game app by a sophomore originally from Gilman, Wis.  Interacting with the iOS device, the objective of the game is to collect points through flipping pancakes without losing control.  The user must tilt the device back and forth to succeed, creating a physical interaction with the application.   As a student in her second year, she now has a better understanding of Objective C and iOS development.  Enrolling in the independent study, she gained skills that she may not have achieved until later in her education.  Such as project management, software development techniques, and awareness of what is needed to submit an application to the app store. Learn more about the Nanospark Controller or University of Wisconsin-Stout’s Software Development...

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Introducing Nanospark Controller – First Hundred Units

Introducing Nanospark Controller – First Hundred Units

Purchase your Nanospark (Read why you should below)   As we introduce Nanospark, we are offering it at a reduced price of $79.99.  Take advantage of this offer, because it is only for the first one-hundred units! We believe the Nanospark controller has great potential for OEMs, facility managers, research and development, and yes- DIYers.  The beauty of this controller is not just the variety of projects you could take on or the equipment you could improve- but the clean, intuitive interface that comes through the iOS connection. Need some ideas of how you could use the Nanospark Controller?  See how we are making use of this ingenious device around our facility. Contact us (715-318-1059) or visit Our Store to begin your Nanospark...

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Nanospark – Using Iso-Tip

Nanospark – Using Iso-Tip

Nanospark – Using Iso-Tip I thought we’d tell you about tools from one our our sister companies that we’re using on our projects around here.  They’re the Iso-Tip cordless soldering irons; I have both a 7700 and a 7800 in my office . Recently I was making a demo for some of our Reps to use when presenting Nanospark to potential customers and, sure enough, made use of my cordless soldering iron.  Along with a laser diode (you can never go wrong with lasers), the demo has an alcohol sensor with a module.  The female wire connectors I had were the wrong size so I soldered wires with male ends to the module.  Of course, I need the demo to look professional so next I grabbed some shrink tube and my trusty Titan Smart Torch to cover the solder joints.  Voilà- looking good! We use Iso-Tip irons for projects and also for manufacturing.  On the assembly side of Nanospark we’re using the 7904 Power Pro with a Micro tip #7484 to solder the wires to the connector pin and to the circuit board.  The micro tip works well with the small gauge wires and gets between the wires without melting other joints. On a given day we will solder about 200-250 joints so a second 7904 is ready on the charger just in case. Check out Iso-Tip for your projects.  I’m sure you’ll find them quite handy! Learn more about Nanospark’s...

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Digital Timer Switch | Universal Equipment Timer

Digital Timer Switch | Universal Equipment Timer

How can you use the scheduling feature of the Nanospark Controller app to manage the equipment in your facility?

Through the scheduling tab of the Nanospark Controller app (free on iTunes), you’re able to control when outputs turn on and off. In the demo below we’ve scheduled events for a coffee maker, a hot plate, a motor to crack the egg and an actuator for the toaster. Perhaps it’s a bit whimsical to have breakfast prepared for you while on your way to work- but imagine the real possibilities as an equipment timer.

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