Posts Tagged "electronics"

LeafCAN Hardware V2

Chris H built and sent me a revised board for LeafCAN. The V2 board puts all of the components on the back of the board, instead of facing the LCD.  By also eliminating all of the header pins (except for the ones used to connect the LCD), the assembly becomes considerably thinner than V1: Below [...]

Colorduino Library v1.2.4 Released

Fixed some bugs in v1.2.3 for Arduino Mega & Leonardo.  Thanks to wiltwong and Markus Lange for testing! Download here:  https://github.com/lincomatic/Colorduino/downloads

Colorduino Library v1.2.3 Released

Thanks to wiltwong and Markus Lange, I have added support for Arduino Mega and Leonardo to the Colorduino Library.  Markus also helped to clean up the code a bit for Arduino 1.x.  I have added the ColorFill() function to the ColorduinoObject class, as well, so you don’t have to copy it from ColorduinoPlasma.pde. You can [...]

Raspberry Pi Case

I was not fast enough to get an order in for a Raspberry Pi on launch day.  Fortunately, a kind friend of mine thought of me, and bought an extra one for me.  I received it yesterday, and printed this case: The case I made is a copy of HansH’s excellent Raspberry Pi case, modified [...]

AVR CAN Bus Project: LeafCAN v1.2 Released

Another tweak today, I added instantaneous battery power consumption in KWh to the second line of the display. In order to make room, I had to do away with the V and A characters after the voltage and current draw. Here is the new display: The top line, from left to right, contains Battery Pack [...]

Colorduino Library for Arduino

I wrote a Colorduino library for Arduino.  It handles initialization and double-buffered drawing on ITead Studio’s Colorduino.  It is also compatible with Itead’s Arduino RGB Matrix driver shield. Included with the library is a sample sketch to show how to use it, ColorduinoPlasma, which draws a pretty plasma on an 8×8 RGB matrix. To install [...]

ITead Studio Colorduino – A Preview

ITead Studio kindly sent me a Colorduino for beta testing. The Colorduino was inspired by SeeedStudio’s Rainbowduino LED Driver Platform. Its form factor is very similar to that of the Rainbowduino, and the layout of the connectors was intentionally designed to mimic the latter. Both boards are based on the ATmega368 MCU, and are Arduino [...]

RGB LED Testing

I bought 100 diffused 5mm RGB LED’s on eBay for my upcoming project, an 8×8 RGB matrix. I was extremely impressed by the fast (free) shipping – 7 days, all the way from China! Much to my chagrin, when I started testing them, I found that the vendor had sent me common cathode, rather than [...]

How to Use the Arduino IDE with an External Programmer

If you have a hardware AVR programmer, such as the USBtinyISP, you can configure your Arduino IDE to use it for uploading sketches, rather than the standard USB interface.  Why would you want to do this? it uploads faster your project will boot faster you can load bigger sketches, because you don’t need the bootloader [...]