Amal and I wandered by the display and he noticed that the Atari was actually running Basic all ready to go. So he jumped on it and started trying to dust the cobwebs off that ancient lobe of his brain. My memory sucks, I could never do this. Amal actually managed to write a few lines and make something happen. I was impressed.
Archive for July, 2007
Check out our new FSR & voltage divider kits available in the catalog. These kits make force sensing a breeze. Supply 5 volts and get an analog signal back. The variable resistor on the voltage divider also allows you to fine tune the sensitivity range of the force sensor. You can plug these into any A/D converter such as the Phidget 8/8/8.
Here is a video of Dave explaining how to read from an FSR on your PC using the kit and a Phidget 8/8/8.
And here is a 2nd video demonstrating an FSR on a gripper with feedback stop.
Could we be any more behind on posting our Makers Faire videos? I don’t think so…
We were invited out to Makers Faire by our friends over at Microsoft Coding4Fun. They wanted us to build some fun stuff using Visual Studio Express that would entertain the kids and families attending the event. The Visual Studio Express is a free version of Visual Studio that is aimed at the hobby market place. We use it in a lot of our projects and find it has most everything you need even if you are a serious developer.
We built two projects for the Faire. One was a shooting gallery which we have no good footage of and the other project was our magic air tubes. Below is the only descent footage we got of the air tubes because we were so swamped the whole time we could only grab a camera when there wasn’t a sea of ankle biters swarming the booth
See if you can figure out how we built it before scrolling down to the answer below.
How we built the project.
Then we wrote a program which converted the variable signal input caused by people waving their hands into a variable fan speed output.
And that my friends is how you entertain Makers Faire Attendees.
Tomy is about to break a lot of barriers with their upcoming iSobot humanoid.
Coming in October 2007!
Coming in at just $349 this humanoid has an amazing amount of features. Tomy has raised the bar on this one!
- Only 6.5″ tall! Wow.
- Seventeen (17) custom-designed miniature servos
- Hundreds of pre-programmed actions
- Program a sequence of up to 80 actions from joystick
- i-SOBOT recognizes 10 voice commands
- Runs on 3 standard AAA NiMH batteries
- 18 pre-programmed special actions
Read more on the iSobot Product Page
As many of you probably already know, the 8/8/8 IntefaceKit is an I/O board that has 8 analog inputs, 8 digital inputs and 8 digital outputs.
At the surface level this seems pretty standard. That is, until you check out the downloads section and see that you can use this IntefaceKit (along with all other Phidget USB boards) on all the major Operating Systems: Windows, Mac, Linux, and more recently Windows Mobile/CE. Once you dive in a little deeper into the Phidgets, you’ll see that there are also nicely written COM, C, Java, .NET and even CE Application Programming Interfaces (API’s) that break away from the traditional lower level communication and COM Port interaction, and allow you to start rapidly deploying applications using high level objects, methods, events, properties, etc. For all you MSRS fans out there, yes, Phidgets has MSRS services.
The Phidget InterfaceKit 8/8/8 always came with a two port USB Hub attached (see above). This was a nice convenience especially when customers had an application where they needed a two port hub and didn’t want to buy an extra one. Those that didn’t want to spend the extra cash nor wanted to sacrifice the additional space however, were stuck spending that extra dough.
That is until now…
Just last week, Phidgets announced that they are releasing a new version of the 8/8/8 Interface Kit without the USB hub which of course will mean smaller and less $$. Now, let me present to you the Phidget InterfaceKit 8/8/8 with no hubs attached:
Have fun with this new board, and don’t forget about our
Project Contest to win some TR loot!
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Hello, readers! We’d just like to give a quick internet high-five to I-Wei (of Crabfu), who has posted a new video of his KHR-2HV this afternoon.
He modified the feel a bit, curling the edges and decreacing the surface area, allowing for a smoother gait.