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by bwts
Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:22 am
Forum: Robotics
Topic: Hardware suggestions for learning projects....
Replies: 1
Views: 2398

Hardware suggestions for learning projects....

Hi everyone. I will be helping run a course in embedded design (using Altera FPGAs). For my part I am wanting to develop projects for students who wish to get into robotics and motor control in general. I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions on pieces of kit that I could buy such as driver b...
by bwts
Fri Sep 21, 2007 4:43 am
Forum: Robotics
Topic: EXACT MEASUREMENT!!
Replies: 11
Views: 7137

Maybe the solution is to convert completely to the metric system. Resistance is futile.
by bwts
Tue Sep 18, 2007 2:56 am
Forum: Robotics
Topic: EXACT MEASUREMENT!!
Replies: 11
Views: 7137

strange i always thought it was 2.541 cm to an inch

:razz:
by bwts
Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:24 am
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: New to programing
Replies: 9
Views: 5911

Like philba I usually do prototype code in C first.

Then spend the rest of the time trying to work out why my ASM version doesnt work LOL.
by bwts
Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:14 am
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: New to programing
Replies: 9
Views: 5911

Hi I agree with all thats been said so far but if you are going to get into microcontrollers in a big way it would be a good idea to have a look at assembly language. Although the array of assembly languages is mind boggling, they do give you a much better feel for the hardware involved and give muc...
by bwts
Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:06 am
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: How to start - PIC / Microcontroller
Replies: 20
Views: 12629

Definitly the way to go. PICs are very versitile and easy to understand.
by bwts
Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:01 am
Forum: Robotics
Topic: A little picaxe trouble..
Replies: 5
Views: 3444

I have never used PICAXE's but the normal PICs are pretty sensitive.

Still the fact that you cant program any of them is a bit strange. There isnt some security flag or something in the code or on the board?
by bwts
Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:52 am
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: Stupid question.
Replies: 11
Views: 6715

So what does C# stand for?
by bwts
Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:48 am
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: PIC, FPGA, and a notebook
Replies: 4
Views: 3855

Well it does depend on how much data you would like to store. A whole OS seems over the top to me. It is possible to hook up an FPGA to a USB, some Flash memeory and an LCD but doing it in C would be painful, Verilog or some other hardware discription language would be the way to go. Have a look at ...
by bwts
Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:10 am
Forum: Robotics
Topic: A little picaxe trouble..
Replies: 5
Views: 3444

So you know for sure a signal is physically comming out of the serial port?
by bwts
Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:07 am
Forum: Robotics
Topic: My ANIMATRONIC PROJECT
Replies: 10
Views: 8868

good stuff

thanks for sharing
by bwts
Thu Aug 16, 2007 6:44 am
Forum: Robotics
Topic: So I want to make robotics...
Replies: 2
Views: 2042

Dont know how much background knowledge you have, but some pointers for you. Look up PWM (pulse width modulation) for speed control. Also DO NOT drive the motors direct from a PIC, use some sort of buffer or transistor arragement. The switching on/off of motor can serverly damage a PIC. Also look up...
by bwts
Thu Aug 16, 2007 6:38 am
Forum: Robotics
Topic: Radio control of robot thru USB port transmitter
Replies: 2
Views: 2308

I have seen bluetooth to USB ports for sale, so you could probably hack one of those (have seen it done) but I find Bluetooth a bit of a nightmare myself.

You could go down the RS232 to USB route and use some well established (and easy to use) hardware for the remote.

Hope this helps B)
by bwts
Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:07 am
Forum: Robotics
Topic: Polybot
Replies: 1
Views: 2144

Polybot

youve just got to check this out http://www2.parc.com/spl/projects/modrobots/index.html the work of Mark Yim. What do you think?<p>B)
by bwts
Tue Jul 19, 2005 6:57 am
Forum: Robotics
Topic: android
Replies: 0
Views: 1894

android

for those inerested in android development ave a look at Q! osaka uni's newest member <p>http://ed-02.ams.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/lab/ ... Q1_eng.htm<p>also of interest may be http://www.androidworld.com/prod01.htm<p>enjoy...........B)