Archive for category: My Projects

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 […]

A Big Bin Full O’ Development Boards at BrainWagon Labs…

March 1, 2015 | Arduino, Atmel AVR, Hardware, My Projects, Raspberry Pi | By: Mark VandeWettering

I have an odd obsession with small, relatively cheap hardware development boards. Over the last few years, I’ve acquired a bunch of them, from Arduino to Raspberry Pi to BeagleBone Black. I thought it might be nice to just do a short video showing what I have around. So I did. Here’s a little 25 […]

Another bit of programmable hardware: the WRTnode

January 2, 2015 | Computer Science, Hardware, Internet of Things, My Projects, Operating Systems, Raspberry Pi | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’ve got a weak spot for cheap, programmable hardware. In my junk drawer I’ve got a collection of Arduinos, Parallax Propellor boards, a couple of STM32 based ARM boards, and several Beagle Bone Blacks and Raspberry Pis. Today, another entry arrived: the WRTnode. I’ve only had it out of the box for a few hours, […]

Why are tiny systems so big?

August 31, 2014 | Emulation, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

The last five or so years has been a remarkable period in computing. About five years ago, I began to fear that computing would be increasingly pre-packaged: that laptops and tablets would totally take over the market and the ability to find computers which were well suited for programming and experimentation would more and more […]

My programming career began with this magazine article…

July 25, 2014 | My Diary, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

From tiny acorns, giant oak trees grow. Likewise, seemingly trivial events and items can affect our lives. As a kid, I had been interested in computers for a while. I think it must have postdated the appearance of the Altair 8800, which debuted in Popular Electronics in 1974 (I would have been ten or so […]

Some example python code to fetch weather forecasts…

July 8, 2014 | My Projects, Python, Web Programming | By: Mark VandeWettering

Need to get some weather information? The website forecast.io has a nice web based service you can use up to one thousand times a day for free. I was thinking of using it for an automated sprinkler application, but just to test it, I wrote this simple chunk of python to try it out. To […]

Two more pictures from my foamcore 4×5 camera…

July 8, 2014 | My Photos, My Projects, Optics, Photography, Photos | By: Mark VandeWettering

Here are two more photos I took at last night’s camera workshop. I wanted to take something slightly more beautiful than a selfie, so I chose the Luxo statue outside the Steve Jobs building at Pixar, and some white flowers from the garden. Both were taken rather late in the day, under partly cloudy skies […]