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This document details the software which needs to be installed on the host computer before taking the tutorial. Depending on the Labs you want to take, you only need to install a subset of the 5 tools described below.

Iar kickstart

This is required for all labs.

IAR is the tool used to program the eZ430-RF2500 boards. The free Kickstart version is limited to compiling 4kB of code.

Ti sensor monitor demo

This is required for all labs because it installs the drivers enabling your computer to talk to the mote.

Sensor Monitor is demo software which provides a graphical interface to the Texas Instruments Sensor Monitor Demo.

  • Download from (External Link) .
  • Follow default installation for Demo Visualizer, Sensor Monitor Installer.exe
  • Store the eZ430-RF2500 Wireless Sensor Monitor IAR Source v1.02 directory on your computer.


This is required for all labs.

PuTTY is used to read from the serial COM port created by the eZ430-RF2500 board when connected to the host computer.

  • Create folder C:/Program Files/putty/
  • Download (External Link) into that folder.


This is only used in Lab 5 .

Xming is a Linux-like X server which enables cygwin script to display windows.

  • Download from (External Link) .
  • Follow default install, but choose not to install any SSH client.


This is only used in Lab 5 .

Cygwin is a Linux-in-Windows environment, enabling Linux-like script execu- tion on a Windows machine.

  • Install from (External Link) .
  • Follow default installation. When asked for a Download Site, choose http://www.gtlib.gatech.edu This is a must as GATech's download site contains the python-numpy package we will need. .
  • When packages are listed, click on the button in the upper right corner until obtaining Full. You obtain a list of all installable packages (much like programs in Windows), marked with the word Skip when not installed, or the version number when installed.
  • Using that list, add the following packages. This is done by clicking on the work Skip next to the package name.
    • python : An interactive object-oriented scripting language
    • python-numpy : Python scientific computing module
    • gcc-g++ : C++ compiler
    • gnuplot : A command-line driven interactive function plotting utility
  • Click next several times to finish the installation.

The Python gnuplot extension enables us to visualize data output by the mote connected to the computer. To install it:

  • Open cygwin
  • download gnuplot-py-1.8.zip
  • unzip that file and place folder gnuplot-py-1.8/ within inside folder C:/cygwin/
  • open cygwin
  • type the following lines
    • cd /cygdrive/c/cygwin/
    • python setup.py install
  • open C:/cygwin/lib/python2.5/site-packages/Gnuplot/gp_cygwin.py with WordPad
  • change line default term = 'windows' to default term = 'x11'
  • change line gnuplot command = 'pgnuplot.exe' to gnuplot command = 'gnuplot.exe'

Start menu shortcuts

While not strictly necessary, creating Start Menu shortcuts will make your life easier.
  • Create a folder ezwsn in the Start Menu folder (typically C:/Documents and Settings/All Users/Start Menu/ )
  • in that folder, create shortcuts to the following programs:
    • PuTTY
    • IAR Embedded Workbench
    • XLaunch (part of Xming)
    • cygwin
    • eZ430-RF2500 Sensor Monitor

Questions & Answers

how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
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Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
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types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
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I'm interested in nanotube
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Ramkumar Reply
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Sravani Reply
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preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
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