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Add collisions, movement and color to your lightcycles game
This is the second of a 3 part series.  Here's part 1, and stay tuned for part 3.  For more Spin tutorials, go here. Read more
Make the lightcycles game from Tron on the Propeller with this step-by-step tutorial
This is the first of a 3 part series.  Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3!  For my other Spin tutorials, go here. Read more
In this tutorial, I'll show you how to use the Parallax Serial Terminal for debugging with the Propeller.  This builds on my other tutorials which you can find … Read more
In this tutorial, I'll show you how to write data to an SD or SDHC card with the Propeller.  This builds on my other tutorials which you can find here. Read more
  This is a review of the Cyperbolic Reflector  Available at Gadget Gangster   For complete specifications and assembly process, download the PDF at the top … Read more
I have had this board in my hands for over a month and I have to say that this review may be a bit complicated. I feel that I not only need to review this board … Read more
Let's take a look at Text-to-Speech & show you an example of how objects can be used.  My other tutorials (including my written objects guide) are here. The … Read more
Provides instant life to a robot that you are building
Nick from Gadget Gangster is one guy in the suppliers business who has truly understood that if you support the community, the community supports your business. I … Read more
In this tutorial, I'll show you how to drive multiple servos at once with the Propeller. Along the way, I'll also introduce you to using objects.  My other … Read more
Doing 2 things at once is pretty easy!  This video tutorial goes over simultaneous multitasking on the Propeller.  My other tutorials (including my written … Read more
A video tutorial for your first Propeller program
Here's a video tutorial for the venerable 'Blinky Light' program with the Propeller.  I originially did a written guide to spin (here), this video is meant as … Read more
Control your TV, DVD, Stereo, DVR, Cable box, Mac, Xbox, or any other IR device with the Web Clicker! The Web Clicker is a web server & IR transceiver.  You … Read more
I've been working on a home automation project for a while - Jon Williams' Spin Zone column on Sony's IR control format (pdf) got me started on IR control. It's … Read more

Linux on the Propeller

I caught up with Steve (jazzed on the Parallax Forums) last weekend in person - he has been working on porting linux to the Propeller.  Sounded a bit ambitious to me, but he has been working with Heater and they already have Zylin's ZPU processing core up and running on the Propeller - uclinux can be compiled for ZPU - the only thing missing is memory.

Jazzed has been working on that, too - he showed me a prototype he's been working on that expands the Propeller Platform with  32MB of sdram -

Retro Game Development

Doug Dingus (potatohead in the Parallax forums) has written an article about retro game development using the Propeller - he interviewed me and Jim Bagley and did a great job summarizing the Prop.  We also kicked in 5 El Jugadors to give away to readers.  Classic VGM has made a special preview version of the article here;

Demoscene video

A demo of Linus Akesson's Turbulence demo on the Propeller Platform. Links;

Linus' site (with demo code) linusakesson.net/scene/turbulence/index.php

The Shoppe at Wulfden (makers of the VGA module for the Propeller Platform)
wulfden.org/TheShoppe/prop/prplatvga.shtml

Here's the third Diptrace tutorial, this time I go through exporting files and ordering. video More Resources: DiptraceMy Diptrace component libraryPrevious … Read more
I did a brief video tutorial on Diptrace - this is part 2 on Laying out a PCB.  Part 1, covering schematics is here. \ Read more
I did a brief video tutorial on Diptrace. If you're thinking of designing a circuit board, you might find it useful; Video This is the first part of a … Read more
Schmartboard EZ review and tips on using it
I picked up the SchmartBoard EZ while working on a USB-Serial circuit using FTDI's FT232R. It's an SSOP package with 28 pins, so I ran over to Fry's to pick up … Read more
The PICaxe USB cable is just a USB-Serial Converter.  Like a lot of USB-Serial converters, it's based on the FTDI 232 chip.  This means you can use most FTDI … Read more
How to use the Prop to do multiple things at the same time
This is part 3 of a multi-part series.  The other parts are here. Let's imagine a hypothetical 'obstacle avoidance' robot with a set of wheels and a ping … Read more
Announces the time using your voice
Popcorn is a tribute to the time-of-day announcement service.  Here's a demo; Read more
This is part 2 of a multi-part series.  The other parts are here. Spin is an 'object-oriented lite' programming language.  I like it because it eschews some of … Read more
A basic - intermediate walkthrough on programming in Spin
This is part 1 of a multi-part series.  The other parts are here. The Parallax Propeller can be programmed C, Spin, or Assembly; I think most people use Spin.  I … Read more

Propeller Platform SD, Almost done

I've been cooking up a new Platform Module - this is the Propeller Platform SD.  First the basics;

Make your robot to 2 (or 3, or 4, or 5, or 6, or 7) things at the same time
This is part 0 of a multi-part series.  The other parts are here. Read more

El Jugador on Giant Bomb

I thought this was pretty cool. I made a few extra El Jugadors and sent them out to the media. Giant Bomb (video game website) got one and put up their video demo.

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I made Miss Princess for my 4 year old niece. She's a lot more interested in Princesses than robots, so I called it Miss Princess to trick her :) There's a Battery … Read more