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zeeglen
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Re: learning arduino
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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Re: Love it
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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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?

Max The Magnificent
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Re: learning arduino
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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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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Re: Love it
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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Re: Love it
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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Re: Love it
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 12:44:38 PM
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Love it, Max!  That copter is inspiring, seems like my next project of choice!

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Ask Duane
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

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