Hobby Projects - Insulation tester, LED Circuits, Meters.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dave's Sumo Robot project

The following is my Computer Science project Comp490 and Comp492 in progress. It is a SUMO robot for our local RoboWar tournament. I have been, for the pass two years a participant of the annual RoboWar competition. So, this year I've decided to try to get credit for doing it.

Dave's Sumo Robot project

Sumo Robot project

"I was fortunate enough to find a professor who was willing to supervise my project Dr.Ferhat Khendek. I have decided to do the documentation in HTML format and make it public to anyone who is interested in robotics."

There are two class of robots, remote controlled and autonomous. Remote controlled are operated by a human participant via RF link. Autonomous on the other hand has to be self contained with no human influence in its operations with the exception to its programming.

Monday, October 22, 2012

TinyCAD - Open-Source Schematic Capture

TinyCAD is a program to help you draw circuit diagrams. It comes complete with symbol libraries to get you started straight away.

TinyCAD - Open-Source Schematic Capture

TinyCAD - Open-Source Schematic Capture

 Features to make it easier for you to put your circuit diagrams on your own web-site or adding them to your Word or other documents. TinyCAD supports outputing ciruits diagrams as PNG files.

Can be used to make circuit diagrams that can be fed in to a PCB layout program. You can export from TinyCAD in Protel, PADS, Eagle SCR format. You can also use TinyCAD to create Spice simulation files.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Liquidware - Embedded Electronics Source

Open Source Electronics. Hardware and gadgets. Embedded Cards with Support Cards and Components. Be in Sync. with the Embedded Electronics for Quick Prototyping and Gadget Creation.

Liquidware - Embedded Electronics Source

There’s enough stuff in this pack to build 2 full gadgets, with a wide screen, or two player, or angled, or multi-colored, with enough power to run for over 24 hours straight. That’s pretty intense. If you think you can handle it, the Ultimate Gadget Pack’s the perfect kit!

Liquidware - Embedded Electronics Source
Neapolitan pizza of Open Source hardware and Arduino modules.

Ultimate Gadget Pack - Liquidware

It Includes many things, some listed below ...
  • Arduino Duemilanove
  • TouchShield Stealth
  • TouchShield Slide
  • Open Source Hardware, Volume 1
  • InputShields
  • Mini black Protoboards

Friday, October 19, 2012

Arduino Interfacing with Visual Basic

Arduino is a QuickStart Embedded system, very useful in learning both the hardware and software elements of a system.

From what i understand, the developed app can be burned into the device fully, no additional layer of OS or Firmware needed, It is all built in. In short the compiled binary can be either a stand-alone firmware(OS) or be a layer running over a Mobile OS.

Now putting Ardunio and VB together, we get an Hardware/Software Environment that is easy on students and hobbyists too.

Fermata written by Andrew Craigie

Fermata written by Andrew Craigie

Firmata is a generic protocol for communicating with microcontrollers from software on a host computer. It is intended to work with any host computer software package

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

ThingM and BlinkM - Intelligent LED Lighting

Design and manufacture ubiquitous computing products that combine user experience design expertise with a deep knowledge of cutting-edge technologies. Here, networked electronics meet user experience design in products for everyday problem solving...

ThingM - Product and Interface Design
 
>BlinkM MaxM

BlinkM MaxM, is BlinkMs bigger, crazy sibling. It's an intensely-bright smart LED that comes as a package of two components, a control module (MaxM Master) and a daughter board with three ultrabright LEDs (MaxM Blaster).

Tod E. Kurt co-founder ThingM
 
Invisible Accent Light with BlinkM MaxM & FreeM

Invisible Accent Light with BlinkM MaxM & FreeM

"Sometimes you just want a little extra light in a room. With RGB LED tape, you can put light anywhere. But controlling its brightness and making it the color you want is a bit harder. A BlinkM MaxM can easily control LED tape, either as a stand-alone device, with an Arduino, or your computer via a LinkM."