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image.png Inside Coach – Smart Ball IMU Based Technology
radioshack Kickstater Campaign To Buy Off Radioshack stock and Convert To Maker Places
image.png Learn Git in 15 minutes by practice.

IMU Theory and Experiments

image.png Inside Coach – Smart Ball IMU Based Technology
image.png Introducing the QuadHybrid – a stable, maneuverable and cheap flying robotic platform
global_local_frames DCM Tutorial – An Introduction to Orientation Kinematics
IMG_1485 Upgrade your RC Transmitter with a DIY Tilt Motion Control Module
IMG_1359 Arduino code for IMU Guide algorithm. Using a 5DOF IMU (accelerometer and gyroscope combo)
07 A Guide To using IMU (Accelerometer and Gyroscope Devices) in Embedded Applications.

Motion Sensing USB Devices

11-26-2012 9-05-22 PM Play PC games the iPad style – Using a PIC with USB, accelerometer and optional Gyroscope
IMG_1116 USB Motion Gamepad Update: wide accelerometer and gyroscope support, configuration utility software
snapshot20081122140658 Accelerometer Controlled Usb Gamepad and Mouse using PIC18F2550 / PIC18F4550

USBThumb

image_thumb.png Quicktip: Program your RC transmitter with UsbThumb
11-26-2012 9-07-12 PM Updating Firmware on USBThumb
4433017469_315f149586 Using USBThumb as a Propeller Programmer and as a USB to Serial Converter

Robotics

image.png RC Crawler Truck as Robotic Platform: Part 1 – upscale from 1/8 size to ~ 1/5 conversion, now able to climb on stairs
image.png Introducing the QuadHybrid – a stable, maneuverable and cheap flying robotic platform
IMG_1084 Build a 8A (4A per motor) dual motor driver for under $10. Introducing OctoDriver – poor man’s motor controller.
IMG_0891 Stereo Vision with OpenCV and QT

Quadcopter

image.png Introducing the QuadHybrid – a stable, maneuverable and cheap flying robotic platform
IMG_1466 Quadcopter Prototype using Acc_Gyro and a PIC

Soldering and DIY Fabrication

20140101_202821.jpg Probotix X90 CNC – Cutting Servo Mounts in Sintra PVC Foam Board
11-26-2012 9-12-08 PM Use extra-long headers to hold a board on a pogo pins testing jig
IMG_0676 DIY Surface Mount on a Budget – Complete Walkthrough from PCB etching to Reflow
IMG_0224_crop Soldering a wire to fine pitch (0.3mm) SMT devices
IMG_0098_crop Reverse Surface Mounting of Small Leadless SMT Components

Benchmarks and Reviews

20140101_202821.jpg Probotix X90 CNC – Cutting Servo Mounts in Sintra PVC Foam Board
20130823_183427_thumb.jpg Build a really fast pulse generator (50ps rise time) using an ultra fast SiGe comparator.
5-15-2013 11-02-14 AM Shpero – a robotic project success story
IMG_6976_thumb.jpg Tenma 72-7740 Autorange Multimeter Review
image USB firmware debugging with USBTrace, PicKit & MPLAB IDE
11-26-2012 9-09-13 PM Hakko 808 Desoldering Tool Review
bus_pirate_breadboard_accelerometer Exploring a digital I2C/SPI accelerometer (MMA7456L) with Bus Pirate
IMG_1136 Accelerometer Experiments – Part 2: LIS331AL and DE-ACCM2G (ADXL322) . Filters, amplifiers and vibration response.
IMG_1117 Accelerometer Experiments – Part 1: DE-ACCM2G (ADXL322), LIS244AL, Pololu MMA7260QT

Tricks and Tips

image.png RC Crawler Truck as Robotic Platform: Part 1 – upscale from 1/8 size to ~ 1/5 conversion, now able to climb on stairs
image_thumb.png Quicktip: Program your RC transmitter with UsbThumb
20130823_183427_thumb.jpg Build a really fast pulse generator (50ps rise time) using an ultra fast SiGe comparator.
image USB firmware debugging with USBTrace, PicKit & MPLAB IDE
image_thumb.png Add a simple mechanical fine tune control to any bench instrument without voiding warranty
11-26-2012 9-12-08 PM Use extra-long headers to hold a board on a pogo pins testing jig
arduino Open pde files with Arduino under Windows
pic_atmel_avr_basic_stamps_commands Use macro definitions to simplify work with I/O ports in C (MICROCHIP PIC/ATMEL AVR)
IMG_0416 A Simple Method to Connect a Nokia LCD Screen to Your Project (No Soldering Required)

Fun Projects

image.png Inside Coach – Smart Ball IMU Based Technology
image.png RC Crawler Truck as Robotic Platform: Part 1 – upscale from 1/8 size to ~ 1/5 conversion, now able to climb on stairs
image.png Introducing the QuadHybrid – a stable, maneuverable and cheap flying robotic platform
trickster Trickster Mouse Emulator – April Fools Day Practical Joke
IMG_0060 Use your TV Remote To Turn On Your Computer

News and Discussions

image.png Inside Coach – Smart Ball IMU Based Technology
radioshack Kickstater Campaign To Buy Off Radioshack stock and Convert To Maker Places
image.png Learn Git in 15 minutes by practice.
5-15-2013 11-02-14 AM Shpero – a robotic project success story
10-17-2011 8-59-48 PM Some (Free!) Feedback for TI MSP430 LaunchPad’s Development and Marketing Team
TDGL002_chipKITTM_Uno-32TM_Web.jpg Arduino – to clone or not to clone ?
radioshack Radioshack Replies
st IMU breakout boards from ST
11-26-2012 9-10-36 PM ST launches Multi sensor application (MuSA) board platform
radioshack Wake-up letter to Radioshack – the hobbyists are back !
adafruit Hobby electronics is a serious business !