Arduino/Microcontrol­ler Night!!!

  • July 2, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Several things going on for this meeting: member projects, Guino Dashboard, possibly flight of the quadcopter depending on the USPS. Please, read on!

As always, please bring your own microcontroller based projects to work on.  I enjoy seeing (and sometimes being able to help with) new member projects every week.  If you're new to microcontrollers come out and learn with us.  Here's a good open source microcontroller project board: http://arduino.cc.

I'm going to prepare a brief (10-15 min) demo of this interesting bit of software for arduino:  http://www.instructables.com/id/Guino-Dashboard-for-your-Arduino/

It's a gui for real time monitoring and adjustment of arduino inputs and outputs.  A lot of us have probably debugged an arduino program using a slew of print statements to the serial port.  It looks like Guino will be a more visual/intuitive way to debug code and hardware with just slightly more setup than those serial print statements.  Lets hope its as good as it looks at first glance.

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Also, we may be able to make progress on the quadcopter this meeting.  According to the USPS the new KK2.0 flight control board and ESC arrived in NY yesterday (surely it'll get from NY to BHM in less than 7 days).  Although KK2.0 is not an arduino, it uses a similar atmega microcontroller under the hood.

If the new parts show up before the meeting, then we will be able to use a Bus Pirate (http://dangerousprototypes.com/docs/Bus_Pirate) to update the control board to the latest firmware and get it up off the ground and in stable flight. No, updating firmware isn't exciting, but the bus pirate is a neat bit of hardware.  For the firmware update we upload a new "sketch" to the control board directly via ICSP pins that you can find on many microcontroller based boards.  The bus pirate also has capabilities to do instruction level debugging (JTAG) and communicate using a variety of protocols that most sensors use to deliver data and receive configuration instructions (SPI, I2C/TWI, UART, raw, etc).  There are a slew of sensor chips that I personally want to experiment with using the bus pirate.

And now on to the regularly scheduled info...

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The meeting is always free to attend and participate in, but if you would like to be a full member please bring cash or check to pay monthly dues of $20.  We have incorporated as a non-profit and this money is going towards a permanent space.  With membership we can currently offer the joy of being a member of an awesome group of hackers, voting rights on choosing our initial space and a 5% discount on adafruit purchases.

Meeting is BYOB and refreshments/snacks are more than welcome.

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  • Austin

    I had a great time and can't wait to help further the group and the goals. Dalorion, can you let us know when the Paypal info is available? Also, did anyone get any video? Can't wait till next time.

    July 3, 2013

    • L. Dalorion J.

      Re: Paypal
      Definitely! Trae and I took plenty of video. Unfortunately, a good bit of my footage is dark due to us testing at night. But I will see what we can do!

      July 3, 2013

  • Elaine T.

    I need to send regrets at the last minute. After attending a funeral today that I didn't expect, I'm not going to make this tonight. I hope to make another meeting some other time.

    July 2, 2013

    • David

      Hey Elaine, sorry you weren't able to make it (in general and for the reason). Hopefully we can meet you soon.

      July 3, 2013

  • Jeff K. D.

    This particular Meetup was not only cool, it was informative, inspiring and also got me to think "outside the box", which is what microcontroller technology is all about!!!!

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Rodney W. O.

    Really nice, brilliant people. This is a great group. I'll definitely go back.

    2 · July 2, 2013

  • Rodney W. O.

    Just left. No fly yet.

    July 2, 2013

  • Charles W.

    Last minute, I know, but I've had an arduino kit (with servos and basic stuff) that's just laying around and hadn't had the time or the expertise to really do anything with it. Is this event open for people who would really just be asking a ton of questions? This would be my first meeting.

    1 · July 2, 2013

    • Charles W.

      Right on. I'll be there.

      July 2, 2013

    • David

      Everyone come on out! If you have arduinos and other microcontroller projects to bring, that's what tonight is all about.

      1 · July 2, 2013

  • David

    Just a heads up. The USPS came through, and we have a KK2.0 flight control board. We will probably be able to get the quadcopter up in the air. Looking at Guino the past few days it does appear to be as awesome as it looks. See everyone around 6:30!

    July 2, 2013

  • Jeff K. D.

    I look forward to learning from the members of this group about microcontrollers and microcontroller based technology.

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Rodney W. O.

    I hope to make it to my first maker meeting!

    1 · June 19, 2013

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