Archive for the ‘Arduino’ Category

Boarduino + FTDI Friend

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

I’ve been thinking more and more that it’d be useful to explore smaller form factor Arduinos and clones for future space restricted projects – and though there’s plenty to choose from as a start I opted for the Adafruit DC Boarduino (Arduino Clone) Kit (w/ATmega328) – v1.0 for $17.50 and “a tweaked out FTDI FT232RL chip adapter” in the FTDI Friend + extras – v1.0 for $14.75.
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My previous experience of other Adafruit kits – such as their Motor/Stepper/Servo Shield – gave me confidence it would be well documented and supported – and this particular combination seemed both cost-effective and flexible… saving $7.50 on the USB version – albeit losing the USB power and USB-serial converter, rx/tx LEDs and the rx/tx 1K series resistors… and $5.25 on the standard USB FTDI TTL-232 cable yet gaining “a little extra – in this case it’s the extra-long headers that you can use to plug it into a breadboard, or a 6-pin extension cable (which will also let you rearrange the wire order). There are also blinkies, 2 red & green LEDs that pulse when serial is sent or received. In a pinch, you can even use it to program AVRs (it’s a bit slow but works!).”

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Dave’s Auduino

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

The Auduino has been a great project to learn about Arduino hardware and software – and in the process find out a lot more about basic electronics and various components, prototyping, fabrication techniques and source suitable suppliers etc.

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Even though the project is relatively simple I’ve done what I normally try to do – aside from getting fairly obsessive/compulsive – make something refined but within imitations. It’s intended as a ‘thank you’ for Dave Mee from Madlab who lent me this Arduino Starter Kit for an Arduino Workshop way back in February 2010.

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My Arduino workings

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

I’ve been working away on a couple of projects recently – the Auduino synthesiser and DMX control of a Colour Kinetics iColor Flex SLX 50 node light string – and though I’m not quite ready to post about these yet I thought some of my interim research and workings worth noting…

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Arduino to DMX

I found a recent Frizing project – ARDUINO TO DMX CONVERTER – which uses the same RS485 chip as Daniel Hirschmann’s Super DMX Shield – which I bought all the components for from Farnell bar the 8 Pin DIP IC Socket (doh!) – so although this was all PC based I thought it might worth looking at in the interim.

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My Arduino needs…

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

I’ve started a shopping list of Arduino related things I need and want… as I research and come across things of interest… and here’s some of my thinking and things I’ve found out.

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Starter Kit

I need an Arduino starter kit of my own – and looking around at the various options on offer I think that the Fritzing Starter Kit seems amongst the best choice… and not because it’s brimming with components – quite the opposite in fact – but it does come with a useful plastic project box, a servo motor and hookup wire set which I’ve not seen elsewhere… and at 72.45 € – £60.57 – it seems a good deal and supports the Fritzing project too…

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Auduino and onwards…

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

My SparkFun components arrived… taking 9 days from order in the US… but since I thought I’d build Dave Mee an Auduino as a thank you for lending me his Arduino kit I bought some additional 4.7k linear rotary pots, knobs and an audio jack socket from Maplin for an equitable £9.95 in the interim. They’re chunkier – but chassis fitting.

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So I had a good day at Fablab Manchester on Friday…
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Expectant Auduino

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

With my SparkFun components in the post I’ve been preparing for building my Auduino – researching the Google Group a bit more thoroughly and following up on some of the links… and it really does seem like an ideal ‘my first proper’ arduino project…

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I think the demo video on Jesse’s Studio Blog post illustrates how much fun this could be…

So I’ve now collected a series of Auduino sketches that variously:

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All things Arduino

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Had oodles of fun (sad I know) browsing the sparkfun.com and robotshop.ca online catalogues looking for components for the Auduino I’m planning to build… and getting a bit sidetracked with all sorts of interesting things…

Essentials include:

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Audio Jack 3.5mm – £1.03
Audio Jack Breakout – £0.65
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Rotary Potentiometer – Linear – £0.65
Potentiometer Knob – £0.65

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Modular Music Box

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

I’m currently researching how to make and control sound with an Arduino as well as sourcing possible components for the mooted Monomatic Modular Music Box for the “Analogue is the new Digital” exhibition as part of AND Festival in October.

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With a total budget of £400 solutions and parts need to be cheap & cheerful – yet do the job…

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Not Just In Processing: broadening my creative agenda

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

It’s been a while since my last blog post – so this is an overdue round-up of what’s been keeping me busy.

It feels like I’ve been focusing on Processing to the exclusion of anything else for sometime… and not just my own creative development… but also all the time and energy I’ve been investing into InProcess:ing – the open forum for sharing creative coding and practice at Madlab.

Don’t get me wrong… I lurve Processing… but I think it’s time to take a bit of a breather and outline ideas and strategies to move forward with new opportunities and other creative ideas that have been bubbling on my back-burner for a while…

Themes include:

  1. KiNoSeq – a kinetic nodal sequencer for the iPad
  2. Fun with Arduino
  3. PEAL ‘Hand Bells’
  4. The Augmented Tonoscope
  5. shado – monome widgets
  6. Dirty Electronics – Skull Etching
  7. ‘Analogue is the new Digital’ exhibition

Some of these are relatively brief and included within this post – others are more substantial so I’ve opened up a separate post in their own right.

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Fun with Arduino

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

It’s 10 weeks since I took part in the Arduino and Physical Computing Workshop at Madlab and I’ve been meaning to post about it… and actually do something with it too.

Of course I’ve known of Arduino for quite some time…. Monomatic’s PEAL control system is built using one… but I’ve never actually played with one myself. Thanks to Dave Mee who ‘lent’ me his Arduino Duemilanove kit.

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