This is the first part of a new series entitled “1×10³²⁴ things to do with a chipKIT™ Lenny and a QuickIO“. In it, I’m going to be exploring some of the cool things you could do in just a matter of seconds using the two boards combined.
This first one is an Autoclicker.
Watch the accompanying YouTube video here.
Vacuum Fluorescent Displays are probably one of the coolest displays of all time. Certainly one of the most popular of recent history. Developed in 1959 by Philips they have endured right through to modern times. You can even still find them in current consumer electronics.
An example Vacuum Fluorescent Display from a VCR
It’s not always obvious how to configure the WiFi on the Arduino Yùn properly, since most of the good settings are hidden away in the “advanced” interface. So I’ll do what I can to expose them to you.
As part of my work I end up with hundreds of small TFT and OLED displays scattered around doing nothing. One of them, the PG25664CG OLED screen (16 shades of green) I figured would be about the same size and shape as a 5.25″ drive bay in a PC.
And guess what? I was right! An absolutely (well, a couple of mm out) perfect match. So I decided I should build one into my computer to display stuff. No idea what stuff yet, but stuff anyway. I’ll decide later when I have written the software for it all. Continue reading
A common question I often find is:
How can I split this incoming data into parts?
It’s especially asked in conjunction with reading data through serial. So I thought I’d introduce you to two completely different approaches, each with benefits and drawbacks depending on the kind of data you are splitting.
I was hoping to make this the topic of my first ever video tutorial, but I still haven’t got round to cleaning my desk of all the junk and setting up a holder for my phone to use as a camera. Plus I am suffering from a bad cold right now and sound awful. So text it is.
I’d like to help you get to know exactly what a digital IO pin of an Arduino actually is and how it works. Many questions I come across along the lines of “How does this work”, or “Why do you need to do this”, or similar, can be answered easily if you know exactly what goes on inside an IO pin. Continue reading
So I heard you were thinking about designing your own development board. That’s nice. But do you know how?
It’s one thing to go “I’d like to build my own development board”, but it’s quite a long step from there to “I have built my own development board and it works”.
There’s a number of steps you should go through before you even set pen to paper.
Why build another development board? Continue reading