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tronixstuff
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Learning Arduino
tronixstuff   9/11/2013 12:02:27 AM
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If you're interested in learning about Arduino, check out my book on the topic - http://nostarch.com/arduino

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Re: Learning Arduino
Max The Magnificent   9/11/2013 11:13:57 AM
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@Tronixstuff: If you're interested in learning about Arduino, check out my book on the topic - http://nostarch.com/arduino

Hi John -- first of all I love your EE Times screenname -- I wish I'd thought of that myself.

Your book looks very interesting -- can you email me offline at max.maxfield@ubm.com

antedeluvian
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Ask Duane
antedeluvian   9/11/2013 9:42:14 AM
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Max

Duane's latest blog  on IOT World may give you some pointers.

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Max The Magnificent   9/11/2013 11:16:31 AM
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@Antedeluvian: Duane's latest blog  on IOT World may give you some pointers.

Very interesting -- thanks for sharing

traidman
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Love it
traidman   9/11/2013 12:44:38 PM
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Love it, Max!  That copter is inspiring, seems like my next project of choice!

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Max The Magnificent   9/11/2013 12:48:21 PM
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@Adam: Love it, Max!  That copter is inspiring, seems like my next project of choice!

Just today I got an update from the nanocopter Kickstarter project saying that they've achieved their first stretcg goal of $300,000 and that they are going to add a digital compass and barometer to the flight control board so the copter will be able to recognize its orientation and altitude.

As they say: "This will lead to a better flying experience for every backer and more possibilities and fun for the hackers."

Now they are heading onwards and upwards to additional stretch goals.

 

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traidman   9/11/2013 12:51:00 PM
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Flying hackers, eh?  Sounds like a scene from a horror movie!  

But in all seriousness, time to head over to Kickstarter and pledge!

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Max The Magnificent   9/11/2013 12:51:46 PM
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@Adam: Love it, Max!  That copter is inspiring, seems like my next project of choice!

I like the idea of buzzing the neighbors at night with interesting flashing LEDs :-)

One very interesting point is how they are building additional airframes using a 3D printer -- did you see that I recently purchased a $499 3D printer (see http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1319236)

It's sitting here in my office as we speak ... so once I become proficient with it, creating additional airframes for my nanocopter is something else I might play with :-)

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antedeluvian   9/12/2013 8:56:25 AM
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Max

I like the idea of buzzing the neighbors at night with interesting flashing LEDs :-)

I hope you don't live anywhere near Dear Trail, Colorado

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Max The Magnificent   9/12/2013 12:06:05 PM
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@Antedeluvian: I hope you don't live anywhere near Dear Trail, Colorado...

Now I need to equip my drones with lasers :-)

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learning arduino
Caleb Kraft   9/11/2013 1:22:56 PM
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I suggest you go through some basic tutorials on arduino.cc first. Then go to learn.adafruit.com and build some of those projects.

 

That and tronixstuff's book. Also Exploring Arduino by Jeremy Blum.

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Max The Magnificent   9/11/2013 6:13:05 PM
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@Caleb: I suggest you go through some basic tutorials on arduino.cc first. Then go to learn.adafruit.com and build some of those projects. That and tronixstuff's book. Also Exploring Arduino by Jeremy Blum.

Good suggestions all

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zeeglen   9/12/2013 11:02:30 AM
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Project Idea:  Use the 4 x 4 x 4 LED cube for a 3D Tic-Tac-Toe game - human against the Arduino

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Max The Magnificent   9/12/2013 12:07:01 PM
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@zeeglen: Project Idea:  Use the 4 x 4 x 4 LED cube for a 3D Tic-Tac-Toe game - human against the Arduino


Ooh -- that's a good idea!!!

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PICAXEs
David Ashton   9/11/2013 8:46:17 PM
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@Max....  I had just ordered a Picaxe Dev kit which was on special when I came to this column and read... "The PICAXE was a lot of fun, but it's too low-level for what I need."

"What have I done!!??" I thought, but compared to you I am a rank beginner in uC stuff, and I did a lot of BASIC programming some years ago, so the answer is probably "The right thing".  Especially if it's fun.

How different is the PICAXE Basic from the old GWBasic or QBasic on PCs?  Obviously there will be more port and bit handling commands, but apart from that?

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Max The Magnificent   9/12/2013 12:05:06 PM
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@David: "What have I done!!??" I thought...

Don;t worry -- the PICAXE is a great thing, and it's BASIC is easy-peasy to pick up -- you will have a lot of fun. The reason I prefer the Ardiuno is that you can do more sophirsticated stuff easier in C/C++ -- also the fact that you can get 8-bit and 32-bit Arduinos -- also the concept of the Wings that plug into the main Arduino board -- and th ebig thing is that the Arduino stuff ties into that robotic vision and nanocopter stuff


But for just messing around with your own projects, I think you will love the PICAXE

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antedeluvian   9/12/2013 1:03:42 PM
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Max

The reason I prefer the Ardiuno is that you can do more sophirsticated stuff easier in C/C++ --

As I recall Arduino does not work in C, but has its own language and IDE.

Nobody says you have to use the Arduino environment- you could use the Atmel development environment and then work with C. And others make products that are Arduino Shield compatible, the the Pioneer (Cypress PSoC4).

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Max The Magnificent   9/12/2013 1:11:43 PM
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@antedelivian: As I recall Arduino does not work in C, but has its own language and IDE.

Well, it's C-esq :-)

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Arudino + more leds
Ianharris   9/13/2013 11:05:18 AM
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We have some free tutorials for using the Arudino with LED alphanumeric displays and LED matrix displays that you might find useful.

Ian.

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Max The Magnificent   9/13/2013 11:10:44 AM
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@IanHarris: We have some tutorials for using the Arudino with LED alphanumeric displays and LED matrix displays that you might find useful.

WONDERFUL -- thanks for sharing -- I will take a look as soon as I get a free moment -- Max

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pneumatic transport for toothfairy
seaEE   9/14/2013 12:08:29 PM
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Maybe an Arduino version of the Pnuematic Transport for Tooth Fairy?

http://makezine.com/video/making-fun-pneumatic-transport-for-tooth-fairy/

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Max The Magnificent   9/14/2013 12:47:53 PM
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@seaEE: Maybe an Arduino version of the Pnuematic Transport for Toot Fairy?
http://makezine.com/video/making-fun-pneumatic-transport-for-tooth-fairy/

OMG That is absolutally BRILLIANT!!!

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Crusty1   9/28/2013 5:52:53 AM
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Hi Max: Have you come across this Kickstarter project  "Microduino" yet, It looks like being the best thing I have come across for embedded Atmel/Arduino projects, I think I am going to go at least a $50-100 pledge.

It's going to be like when I was a kid(long time ago), when a new diecast Match Box toy came out, I just had to have it and nagged the parents until they gave in.

Looks like I will have to do a lot more housework to get the good lady in my life to open up the purse strings.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/microduino/microduino-arduino-in-your-pocket-small-stackable

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