Category Archives: Electronics

The Robot Games Are Coming

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That’s right! The Robot Games are returning to the Western Canadian Robotics Society May 15th 2010! What will you be bringing to the competition this year?

With robots, it is always misleading as to the number of choices you have in your design, both electrically and physically. As Brutus has mentioned before, the ATMEL chips on an ARDUINO board are very popular amongst hobbyists as the core of their robot. My personal preference has been the PIC microcontrollers, made by MicroChip. What is your preference?

Arduino IDE 0017 Released!

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Download it For Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux 32Bit.

Arduino Software Release Notes

Arduino IDE 16

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Arduino 16 IDE Released!

Download for:

Windows | Mac OS X | Linux (32 Bit)

Arduino Software Release Notes

Why the Arduino matters…

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Via a post on Adafruit:  (Original post on Ideas for Dozens)

Today, the world of physical computing closely resembles the personal computer industry circa 1975. We’ve been around for a few years struggling around the edges with tools and products that were designed, priced, and packaged for serious industry, but we haven’t made any money and we haven’t moved the world. That’s about to change.

Great article, and good to read even if you are not into the Arduino craze.

Arduino 0015

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With the release of the new Arduino MEGA, we have a new version of the IDE.

Download the Windows, Linux or MAC OS X verison.

Release notes:

0015 – 2009.03.26

[core / libraries]
* Adding support for the Arduino Mega (ATmega1280).

* Reinstating use of core.a library in the build process, slightly shrinking
compiled sketch sizes. (Thanks to William Westfield.)
* Fixing bug in copy for forum (thanks to eried).

Overview of the new Arduino Mega:

The Arduino Mega is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega1280 (datasheet). It has 54 digital input/output pins (of which 14 can be used as PWM outputs), 16 analog inputs, 4 UARTs (hardware serial ports), a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, and a reset button. It contains everything needed to support the microcontroller; simply connect it to a computer with a USB cable or power it with a AC-to-DC adapter or battery to get started. The Mega is compatible with most shields designed for the Arduino Duemilanove or Diecimila.