Archive for month: March, 2015

Arduino? Perhaps we need OurDuino…

March 31, 2015 | Arduino | By: Mark VandeWettering

It’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of the Arduino. More than any other board, it’s got me into hacking little bits of hardware and programming in the small, and has been part of numerous projects that I’ve tinkered together, and others that I’ve helped mentor young people with. It’s a cute platform for […]

Minor tweaks to Arduino Morse Sketch…

March 30, 2015 | Amateur Radio, Arduino, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

Commenter Andy wanted a version of my classic code that could generate a tone instead of just blinking an LED. I mentioned that I had done this before, but frankly couldn’t find the source code, so I modified my existing program to implement the simplest possible tone: a simple square wave. Rather than using a […]

Minor tweak to my Hummingbird Camera…

March 28, 2015 | My Projects, Raspberry Pi | By: Mark VandeWettering

One thing I didn’t realize when I setup the Raspberry Pi camera to monitor my humming bird feeder was that it has a bright red led which turns on when the camera is enabled. In most cases, this light isn’t a big deal, but I am pointing it out the window, so the reflection of […]

Motion Detecting Hummingbird Camera: Prototype

March 28, 2015 | My Photos, My Projects, Raspberry Pi | By: Mark VandeWettering

I like to see hummingbirds. They seem completely incredible to me, like little hyper Swiss Watches, buzzing around the garden. I’ve seen a few of them in our yard, but I’ve been meaning to encourage them showing up more, so I recently installed a feeder. While the syrup level has gone down, I have never […]

Tiny BASIC on a Tiny Display…

March 25, 2015 | Arduino, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

Early in 2012, I posted a small version of Tiny BASIC that I had adapted to run on the Arduino. It is based upon code which was written by Mike Field, and based upon an earlier version of TinyBasic for the 68000 written by Gordon Brandly, which owes its roots to Palo Alto Tiny BASIC, […]

Using the Parallax PING))) ultrasonic distance sensor

March 24, 2015 | Arduino, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

I intended to play around with some of the NRF24L01 radio modules I have around, but my brain didn’t feel up to it after a day of debugging. So, instead i dusted off a Parallax PING))) sensor that I’ve had around for a long time. I thought it might be fun to see if I […]

My version of minilife2 for the Arduino…

March 24, 2015 | Arduino, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

Without a lot more explanation, I did a bit more work on my implementation of Conway’s life, reducing the overhead so I can implement the full 128×64 bit resolution of the OLED display. I also hardcoded an initial pattern: the classic Gosper glider gun. It runs at about 1.625 frames/second, so a new glider is […]

A few more notes on my implementation of Conway’s Life…

March 23, 2015 | Arduino, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

I received a couple of email and twitter queries about various aspects of the code, so I thought I would add a followup to yesterday’s post. First of all, I received a query as to whether it was “open source”. Frankly, the code is so minimal and so obvious I didn’t even consider it worthy […]

Tiny Implementation of Conway’s Life…

March 22, 2015 | Arduino, Embedded, My Projects, My Stories | By: Mark VandeWettering

I had a few minutes, so I thought I’d try making a graphics demo that runs on the tiny little 0.96″ OLED display I mentioned last week. One of the first programs I ever wrote was an implementation of Conway’s Game of Life, having learned about it from Martin Gardner’s Mathematical Games column in Scientific […]

Discovered a new tool for embedded development: platformio

March 22, 2015 | Embedded, Microcontrollers, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’m pretty old school when it comes to development. To me, writing code is something I like to do with vi (the editor that I learned three decades ago) and compile with Makefiles, especially for code that I do myself. In general, I prefer to do my development on either Linux or Mac OS too, […]

Replacing the LCD Panel in a Samsung 303C Chromebook…

March 20, 2015 | Hardware, My Projects, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

In what quite possibly might be the most boring video ever produced, I recorded myself changing the LCD panel out of my Chromebook. It’s 17 minutes of riveting youtube goodness. Skip down to the bottom if you want to watch. But here’s the story if you’d rather just read a paragraph. My wife bought me […]

Need π to 100 or so digits precision?

March 17, 2015 | Math | By: Mark VandeWettering

Use the “bc” arbitrary precision calculator you can probably find (or install easily) on your Linux box. > bc -l bc 1.06.95 Copyright 1991-1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. For details type `warranty’. scale=50 4*a(1) 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937508 User input is in bold. the scale […]

My first try at an inexpensive 0.96″ OLED display…

March 17, 2015 | Amateur Science, Arduino, Development Boards | By: Mark VandeWettering

As my recent video showed, I have a lot of development boards. I also have a fair number of little boards that are useful to plugin to these development boards to accomplish various tasks. Yesterday, I received a little OLED board that I thought I’d try hooking up and let you know about my experience. […]

A New Development Board: the ODROID-C1

March 14, 2015 | Development Boards, Raspberry Pi, Small Linux Computers | By: Mark VandeWettering

One of my recent posts highlighted the big pile of development boards that I have lying around. This week, I actually added to that pile in a couple of ways: I found a pair of Beagle Bone Blacks that I had misplaced, a couple of Propeller boards, and most significantly, I ordered an ODROID-C1 from […]

3/14/15

March 14, 2015 | Amateur Science, Math | By: Mark VandeWettering

Happy Albert Einstein’s birthday! And we are just a few minutes away (in our time zone anyway) from 9:26. Huzzah! I’m going to celebrate by making Shepard’s Pi(e) for dinner.