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A snake robot. Serpentine locomotion and other snake gaits read from a micro SD card. Obstable avoidance and eventially path planning.
Using a
This is our entry into the PIC32 challenge. Please check it out on http://www.pivut.com/snake.htm and VOTE FOR US before 2/10/09! It is our first robot. All of the … Read more
I've found this multifunction chip on ebay,  the official webpage is http://www.web4robot.com/ I've just bought a pair, I'll come back to post with my … Read more
drive a parallel display using a 8574 port expander
Using a
Any parallelly interfaced character LCD you get these days will have a Hitachi HD44780 chip or a different one compatible with the HD44780. These usually have 14 … Read more

I2C vs Serial

I hereby submit another plea to the robot gods out there:

I've read a lot of very informative info on both i2c and serial communication as a way for one IC to control others. My question is: which will work better for my needs?

My plan is to make a robot that has a seperate IC for each aspect of its behavior (movement, communication, etc.). So which is faster? cheaper? fewer wires? easier to program? I'm sure both have pros and cons.

Okay, go.

Tips on EEPROMS, i2c, scratchpad and variables
The picaxe 28X1 has some very cool memory features that can be used to free up program space or to give your robot a more convenient user interface. This post … Read more
Avoid obstacles, wake me up, water the plants.
Using a
09/06/09 I finished the latest cleaner head and mounted it temporarily on Ozzy with double sided tape. This is the 3rd revision of the vacuum head, the 2nd was made … Read more

Analog multiplexor (possibly i2c)

Hello! i have almost finished my analog inputs on my last project.. i have only one left and i need to attach some potentiometers to do some calibration.. I could really use some nice multiplexing. What i'd like is a chip with some analog inputs and possibly an i2c interface so that you can choose which analog pin to read and get a digital reading. Do you know if anything like this exists ?

Problems with i2c (and an LCD display)

So, i just wasted an evening trying to make an LCD with i2c work with my picaxe.

I connected the SCL and SDA of the board to the other end on the LCD. (of course not crossing them :P)  BTW on the picaxe the pins are: Digital input 3 = SCL; Digital input 4 = SDA, am i right ?

If so, other question is: do i need the two pullup resistors ? i've read somewhere that they're already there on the board. But if so, the pin should be high most of the time, shouldn't it ? testing with my voltmeter reads 0V. 

PS i have the picaxe 28x1. 

Price: $4.5 USD
There are a few models of this but the SM125-IC is an RFID Interigator with read/write capabilities and I2C connection capabilities. I have been looking for a chip … Read more
If you're ever in need of additional digital inputs or outputs then this chip may be an answer to your prayers. It only requires two connections from your … Read more