Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Handy Board - The Cricket Robotics Controller

The Handy Board is a 6811-based microcontroller system that lets you build mobile robots for educational, hobbyist, and industrial purposes. People use the Handy Board to run robot design courses and competitions at the university and high school level, build robots for fun, and control industrial devices.

The Handy Board - The Cricket Robotics Controller
  • can control two motors and can accept two sensors, plus it has an expansion port for additional devices.
  • has a built-in infra-red port, so Crickets can communicate with each other.
  • is powered by four AA batteries.
  • is programmed using "Cricket Logo," a version of the powerful, yet easy-to-learn Logo language.



The Handy Cricket is a tiny robotics controller is much smaller than the Handy Board, weighing only a few ounces.

You can control motors and lights with the Cricket. The Cricket can receive information from sensors, like touch sensors and light sensors. Crickets can “talk” to each other, sending messages with infrared (IR) light. People have used Crickets to build little robots, animated rocking horses, automatic gift boxes, and other personal animated toys.

People have used Crickets to collect a bunch of temperature readings and look at them later. Crickets were developed at a major research university and now they are available to the public.

Friday, July 18, 2014

ASIX - Electronic Design Service

A private company located in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. They offer complete turnkey electronic design followed by a product manufacturing in any quantity.

ASIX - Electronic Design Service

They have a wide range of experience in electronics - programmable logic devices (Xilinx FPGAs and CPLDs), microcontrollers (PIC, AVR, ARM, ...), analog and digital electronics...etc.

They also manufacture some tools and instruments that are useful for R&D using Embedded Systems. These are like Programmers, Debugging Tools and USB Products.

Even their Discontinued products are very interesting...

PVK40 a feature-rich development board for 40-pin PIC

PVK40 for 40-pin PIC

The board includes all the circuitry necessary for an in-depth study of most of the microcontroller on-chip peripherals and for experimenting with several external peripherals. This board will help you to become an expert in PIC MCU programming.

ASIX s.r.o.
Staropramenna 4 150 00 Prague Czech Republic

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Wings 3D - A Polygon Modeler

Wings 3D is a subdivision modeller with an user interface that is easy to use for both beginners and advanced users (inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware).

Wings 3D - A Polygon Modeler

Standard tools such as Move, Scale, Rotate, Extrude, Bevel, Bridge, Cut, and Weld.

Advanced tools including: Sweep, Plane Cut, Circularise, Intersect, Bend, Shear, and Inset.

More Features
  • Magnets and Magnet Masking
  • Virtual Mirror for symmetrical modeling
  • Tweak and Sculpt
  • Wide range of Selection and Mesh tools
  • UV mapper, Vertex Colors, Materials, and Lights
Wings 3D gets its name from the Winged Edge Data Structure (WEDS). This is the data structure used to store the adjacency relationships between edges, faces, and vertices in a Wings 3D model..

Wings 3D offers a wide range of modeling tools, a customizable interface, support for lights and materials, and a built-in AutoUV mapping facility.

Quick and Dirty Wings3D Part Creation for KiCAD 3D Viewer
This quick and dirty Wings3D creation micro-tutorial covers creating a 3D part in Wings3D and exporting that part to KiCAD.

MicroPython Board Wings 3D

Jon's Place: Custom MicroPython Board

"KiCad can also show you a 3D rendering of what your board would look like, but you have to supply 3D models of any custom parts you include. My board has a whole pile of parts that I had to create my own footprint for (usb connector, uSD connector, all the Hirose DF-13 2, 3, 4, and 6-pin connectors, etc)."

Blocks

80C51 Analog Analog-Design Analytical-Instrumentation Android Application-Notes-2 ASIC-Design ASIC-SOC-FPGA Bipolar-Transistors Capacitors Circuit-Archive Circuit-Design Circuit-Design-2 Communications Communications-Chips Component-Testing Computer-IC-Module Computer-Interfacing Control-Systems Design-Service Design-Service-2 Design-Service-3 Digital Discrete-Semiconductors DSP EDA EDA-2 EDA-3 EDA-4 EDA-5 Educational Educational-2 Electrical Electromechanical Embedded Embedded-2 Embedded-Applications Embedded-Systems-Tools Energy-Power Engineering-Services Engineering-Services-2 Engineering-Services-3 ESD-EMI-RFI Firmware Home-Automation Industrial-Automation IoT-WSN-M2M LED-Lighting Magazines Manufacturing-Services Materials-Nanotech Mechanical-3D-CAD Mechatronics Medical-Electronics MEMS Microcontroller Microelectronics Mixed Mixed-Semiconductor Mixed-Signal-Design Opamps Open-Hardware Optoelectronics Organizations-Associations Passive-Components PCB-Layout Photonics-Optics PIC Power-Devices Power-Electronics Power-Electronics-Design Process-Control Process-Control-2 Product-Safety Product-System-Design Projects Quality Reference Research-Institutes RF-Components RF-Design RF-Engineering-Services RF-Microwave RF-Semiconductor RF-Wireless-Networking Robotics Scientific-Software Semiconductors Sensors SMPS-Power-Supply Software-Code Spice-Simulation Standards Standards-2 Tech-Docs Tech-Media Technical-Computing Test-Measurement TM-Applications Training-Consulting Virtual-Instrumentation