Let's Make Robots!
A free building material that's easy to work with and sturdy
A little video tip on using wire hangers as a construction material.  Just remember; Don't cut hangers with your dikesRemove the coating before soldering.  Even … Read more
Control a Servo with a Ping Sensor in about 5 minutes
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When I did the Web Clicker, I picked up a copy of ViewPort for debugging and it was a lifesaver.  ViewPort was designed by Hanno Sander.  He also developed an … Read more
Debugger / PC interface for Propeller
ViewPort promised easier debugging on the Propeller - does it deliver? What is ViewPort? ViewPort is a software tool to help you develop on the Prop.  There are 2 … Read more
The Maxim7219 (datasheet) is a handy LED driver.  each chip can drive 64 LED's and several can be daisy chained for large displays, it's also used in the Blue … Read more
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
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