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11 Dec 2012

This shield allows to connect an Arduino with DMX equipment. It implements the RS485 interface to adapt the electrical levels needed for DMX connection. This shield has been designed with flexibility in mind and allows the user to choose between several Arduino pins for digital input and output of DMX data, it supports a microSD slot and also has the serial connection to support a serial LCD display. We also suggest to use Vixen (www.vixenlights.com) to create sequences on a PC, synced with music, that are sent to Arduino over the serial port.

Arduino DMX shield for Christmas projects - [Link]

4 Dec 2012

MariaMole @ dalpix.com. Alex writes -  [via]

MariaMole is an open-source project being developed by me, on my spare time. But it’s already fully functional. Check some of its features:

  • Runs over Arduino install: MariaMole uses the Arduino software that you have installed, so all your Arduino configurations are kept. If you want, You can still use the original Arduino side-by-side to MariaMole.
  • Workspace support multiple projects at the same time. Workspaces are special folders where you can group any number of projects. This helps you keep the projects organized, and allows working with several projects at the same time. If you have used Visual Studio, CodeLite, Code::Blocks, Eclipse or any other modern IDE, you know that this makes a difference. Specially if you’re designing a system with multiple Arduino boards talking each other, you’re gonna love the workspace feature!
  • Multiple serial port consoles at the same time: And more: Once you open a serial console, it’s always available. You don’t have to close or re-open it again to upload your project to Arduino
  • Files use open-formats: All project information and configuration are stored on a single XML file (Except for code!)
  • Building process configurable: The Arduino IDE does a great job behind the scenes, but, sometimes, you’re gonna need to fine-tune the building sequence, add or replace libraries or change the compiler options. Of course, unless you ask for it, MariaMole works the same way as Arduino, building the whole project for you.
  • Imports Arduino examples and sketches: You won’t have any problems to reuse your old sketches.
  • Easily import Arduino libraries: A Wizard windows helps you with that. And also with adding new files to projects, importing other files, configuring the projects, etc.
  • Color-themes: Do you prefer a dark color-scheme for code editing? No problem. This is the default for MariaMole. Or do you prefer writing your code against a white background? No problem yet! MariaMole comes with a light theme too. And you can design your own theme!

MariaMole – an Arduino IDE for advanced developers - [Link]

21 Nov 2012

The APDuino project is for those want to use an Arduino to run a custom sensor monitoring and automation projects (such as aquaponics, greenhouse, gardening DIY automation) without having to program any code. [via]

Main features and characteristics:

  • free, ready-to-flash software for Arduino Mega 2560 + W5100 EtherShield hardware combo
    • supports a number of analog and digital Sensor and Control components in any custom (electronically valid) layout on the Arduino pins, allowing building Your Own Automation System
    • custom Rules for automation, allowing Sensor and Control data access, scheduler, timers and more, allowing Your Custom Program to be created, without programming
    • data logging on SD card and online sinks (cosm, thingspeak, apduino online), allowing to Hook Your Automation System to the Internet-Of-Things and Web 2.0 services, eg. Twitter via 3rd party services
    • JSON data acces to device status, allowing to Build Your Custom Device Web Interface
    • customizable default web gui for interacting with the device & remote management, allowing to Start Using APDuino Right Immediately, once built and installed
    • no programming required - just flash-and-go (if using supported components)
  • an online configuration and management service for managing device(s) running APDuinOS

Arduino Sensor Monitoring Without Coding - [Link]

29 Oct 2012

Michael Holachek writes:

The Arduino is a great platform for rapid prototyping because it’s so easy to use, well supported, and has a huge online community. However, sometimes you might want to make a smaller, cheaper, and more minimalistic circuit that can be put into permanent projects. Or, maybe you are wondering how the Arduino works. In any case, you’ll just want the brain of the Arduino: the AVR microcontroller. This chip contains the program that runs the Arduino.

Once you have just the AVR, you might be wondering how to program it. Since you no longer have a USB connection, how do you upload code? It turns out that the Arduino can program AVR chips! Let’s get started.

Programming an AVR with Arduino - [Link]

25 Oct 2012

The BZB Breadboard eliminates the middle man, no reason for a separate card, the Arduino compatible micro-controller is built right in, in one piece, that makes it End User Friendly and New User Easy. It is the right tool for Arduino Power Users, Educators and New Experimenters alike.

BizzyBee Breadboard with built in Arduino - [Link]

20 Oct 2012

lincomatic.com writes:

I like fast things. And good code. Often, they go hand in hand. This is a demo of my optimized library, LiquidTWI, pushing data out to the LCD almost as fast as the “native” (direct) interface with LiquidCrystal. Only this time, using just 2 wires (TWI).

LiquidTWI2 – A Lean, High Performance I2C LCD Library for Arduino - [Link]


9 Oct 2012

DUE ARM-powered Arduino – [via]

Far removed from the legions of 3D printers featured at this year’s Maker Faire in New York was a much smaller, but far more impressive announcement: The ARM-powered Arduino DUE is going to be released later this month.

Instead of the 8-bit AVR microcontrollers usually found in Arduinos, the DUE is powered by an ATSAM3X8E microcontroller, itself based on the ARM Cortex-M3 platform. There are a few very neat features in the DUE, namely a USB On The Go port to allow makers and tinkerers to connect keyboards, mice, smartphones (hey, someone should port IOIO firmware to this thing), and maybe even standard desktop inkjet or laser printers.

ARM-powered Arduino - [Link]

23 Sep 2012

The TWIDisplay 8-digit LCD is an easy to use 8-digit 14-segment transflective LCD display. Libraries for Arduino and avr-gcc are available on GitHub.

Only four wires are required for operation, one for power (runs on both 3.3V and 5V), one for ground, and two for the TWI protocol. To control a display like this, a dedicated controller chip is required.

TWIDisplay – 8-digit 14-segment LCD - [Link]

21 Sep 2012

Breakout – [via]

Breakout is a prototyping tool for exploring the intersection of the web and the physical world. The popularArduino platform and the Firmata protocol are leveraged to enable users to access physical input and output purely from javascript. This makes it easy for anyone familiar with javascript and basic web development to explore the possibilities of using physical I/O in their web applications. Furthermore, the Breakout framework includes a growing library of hardware abstractions such as buttons, leds, servo motors, accelerometers, gyros, etc enabling the user to easily interface with a range of sensors and actuators using just a few lines of javascript code.

Breakout grew out of a need for a simple platform to enable designers to prototype functional web-based interfaces to the physical world. It is based largely on the Funnel toolkit and informed by the experiences of the developers of both Funnel and Breakout as designers, technologists and educators.

Control your Arduino over the web - [Link]

20 Sep 2012

This project uses an Arduino UNO to create the proper timing signals for 800×600 VGA output. The output is a standard red/green/blue pattern. Not particularly exhilarating but a great starting point for any Arduino lover curious about generating VGA signals.

Basic Arduino VGA - [Link]





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