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Old 20th Apr 2009, 03:23 PM   #1
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Electronics, Arduino, Milk Lights

So I've put a bit of my spare time into tinkering with electronics in the past year, and making physical things. I've wanted to learn some form of code for a long time, and microcontrollers are generally providing me with reasons to. Anyone do similar stuff here?

I found arduinos are a good way to start with microcontrollers, since they're cheap and can be powered and communicated with through USB (as opposed to a 100 programmer for a PIC chip). They're also open source, right down to PCB files being online if you've the time, resources and inclination to make yourself one from scratch.

This is the latest thing I've made with it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGscXF1HxoQ

and a how to is up on Instructables too:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Milk...no-Controlled/

There's something about physical computing like this. It's fairly simple, but I'm finding it looks like magic to a lot of people
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Old 20th Apr 2009, 06:17 PM   #2
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I did a course on microcontrollers where we programmed ARM chips, I made the operating system and a simple calculator program. I couldn't tell you much of the hardware side because it was all set up for us, I just wrote the asm code and downloaded it to the board.
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Old 20th Apr 2009, 09:58 PM   #3
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The future dioramas are pretty cool, I used to do the blu tack super-glue thing when I was younger heh and into painting and messing about with 28mm spru sets.
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Old 21st Apr 2009, 03:49 AM   #4
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Neat lights.

I actually enjoyed writing simple assembly programs but could never find a cheap microcontroller. I may buy an Arduino to play with.
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Old 21st Apr 2009, 01:58 PM   #5
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Thanks.

They're a really good way to get into it, the reference is fairly straightforward and there are heaps of tutorials online, and some really strange projects, like this guy trying to build a guitar hero robot.

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