Maker Faire UK 2015

April 27, 2015

Maker Faire UK 2015 is over for another year :-(

But it was another great weekend of meeting fellow makers and creatives from around the UK and the world.

With my fellow local makers, I was on the Maker Space stand with various great projects on display. Ed’s 1D Pong, my R-Kade, Jon’s Over Eng’d, Iain, Tommy and Alistair’s Christmas window (I know we’re into April), Glen’s 3D Printer and EggBot, Chris B’s LED cubes, Chris D’ custom retro console, Rosie with her sewing.

Hightlights of the weekend for me where:

Meeting up [again :-)] with Aaron from Oomlout was there again.

Likewise meeting up with Mitch Altman of TV-B-Gone fame and co-founder of Noisebridge was there again.

low cost pick n place machine from http://www.liteplacer.com/

mini cnc from http://www.minimillcnc.com/

LinkIT one from MediaTek and Seeed http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/LinkIt-ONE-p-2017.html

and meeting a great number of other makers from the UK, Europe and rest of the world was great was well.

The Saturday night meet up in the Union Rooms for food and beer was a great night out. Lots and lots of people showed up and a few didn’t get back home until the very early hours on Sunday morning :-)


New Pi add-on board – RPi Breadboard+ for sale

April 15, 2015

RPi Breadboard+ is a solderless prototyping breadboard add-on for the Raspberry Pi. Using the breadboard and female to female wires you can quickly prototype and test your electronic design.

A large portion of the add-on is taken up by a 140-pin breadboard and surrounding the breadboard on all four sides are a number female headers.

All of the Raspberry Pi GPIO signals are brought out to two 16-pin female headers located near the top and bottom of the breadboard. 3.3V (5-pin), 5V (5-pin) and 0V/Ground (12-pin) power supplies are also brought out to female headers located to the sides of the breadboard.

The add-on features 3x LED’s (red, yellow and green) and 2x push-button tactile switches each having a 2-pin female header for easy use with the rest of the board.

Size wise it conforms to a standard HAT board size (65 x 56mm) and mounting holes. So its compatible with the Raspberry Pi A+, B+ and Pi2.

There is an EEPROM PCB footprint for future HAT configuration compatibly but its not fitted on this version.

RPi_Breadboard+_small

RPi_Breadboard+_RPi_small

You can find them on Tindie here.

https://www.tindie.com/stores/DTronixs/


Raspberry Pi ArcadeIO board

March 30, 2015

Here’s the first build of the Raspberry Pi ArcadeIO board. It originally started as a requirement to upgrade my R-Kade Pi based mini cabinet.

 

RPi_ArcadeIO_small

You can find them on Tindie here.

https://www.tindie.com/stores/DTronixs/


R-Kade getting a upgrade

February 27, 2015

The wiring in my Raspberry Pi mini arcade cabinet is getting a much needed upgrade.

I originally build R-Kade for Maker Faire 2013 and its been at various other Faire’s around the country and at eDay for the last two years. It was quickly build out of a bookshelves, old VGA monitor, WII arcade controller and a raspberry pi. The control board was removed from the WII arcade controller and the joystick and buttons wired directly to a prototyping board on the Pi. Unfortunately, it’s this wiring which is becoming a problem and needs redoing.

Rather than just strip out the wires and rewire new, I decided to make myself a better solution and have designed a Pi ArcadeIO board. The ArcadeIO board has screw terminals for connecting the wires to the Pi’s GPIO signals. In addition the GPIO signals have in-line resistors to limited the effects of any short circuits. There are addition screw terminal positions for connecting common grounds for the arcade switches and joystick.


ESP8266 More Web Links

January 29, 2015

Some more good ESP web links:

http://41j.com/blog/
http://www.ernstc.dk/arduino/esp8266.html
http://harizanov.com/2014/11/esp8266-powered-web-server-led-control-dht22-temperaturehumidity-sensor-reading/
http://www.extragsm.com/blog/2014/12/03/connect-esp8266-to-raspberry-pi/


ESP8266 Modules & Links

December 31, 2014

I got very excited when I saw the ESP8266 modules way back in September, a WIFI module for under $5, so I ordered a few ESP-01 and they arrived in due course.

The ESP-01 is great if you just want to add WIFI connectivity to your project, but once I realised you could program the onboard micro I knew I wanted access to the GPIO and other interfaces to make a standalone WIFI I/O node. I didn’t have to wait too long and back in November when I saw the ESP-03 module which breakouts a number of GPIO signals and interfaces to pads on the module. I ordered some and they arrived just before Christmas.

There are now over a dozen different styles (ESP-xx) of ESP8266 modules.

Here’s a few good ESP8266 links:

Espressif – the company that makes the ESP8266 SoC
https://espressif.com/en/products/esp8266/

The ESP community forum
http://www.esp8266.com/
https://github.com/esp8266

Sites with good info. and tutorials
https://nurdspace.nl/ESP8266
http://scargill.wordpress.com/
http://www.electrodragon.com/w/Wi07c
http://www.xess.com/blog/esp8266-is-alive/
http://mcuoneclipse.com/2014/10/15/cheap-and-simple-wifi-with-esp8266-for-the-frdm-board/
http://benlo.com/esp8266/
http://www.limpkin.fr/index.php?post/2014/11/27/A-Development-Board-for-the-ESP8266-03


Raspberry Pi (Beeb) UserPort HAT

November 30, 2014

Of the recent Pi boards I’ve made I think UserPort is probably my favourite. It’s a mimic of the BBC’s micros digital User Port and Analogue Port.

Back in the 80’s (gosh that sounds old) I built many electronic, robotic and other projects using the Beebs digital User Port and Analogue so reproducing their functionality for the Pi was a pleasure.

Digital I/O is provided by a I2C MCP23017 16-channel Port Expander

20W IDC Connector
1 3.3V
2 CB1
3 3.3V
4 CB2
5 GND
6 PB0
7 GND
8 PB1
9 GND
10 PB2
11 GND
12 PB3
13 GND
14 PB4
15 GND
16 PB5
17 GND
18 PB6
19 GND
20 PB7

Analogue Inputs by a 4-channel SPI MCP3004 10-bit ADC.

15W D Connector

Pin
1 3.3V
2 GND
3 GND
4 ADC CH3
5 GND
6 GND
7 ADC CH1
8 GND
9 N/C
10 I1
11 N/C
12 ADC CH2
13 I0
14 N/C
15 ADC CH0

Check my other stuff on Tindie


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