Releasing the Magic Smoke by Remote Control: CAN, Arduino, and Model Trains

In this talk, I introduce three main topics: The increasingly popular CAN bus (and how to use it with Arduino), the decreasingly popular hobby of model railroading, and how these two topics intersect.

In the first half of the talk, I introduce CAN (Controller Area Network) bus—what it is, how it works, why it is awesome, what it can do for your projects, and how to harness it with inexpensive microcontrollers like Arduino. In the second half of the talk, I introduce the state of the art in model railroading—the birthplace of hacking—along with some current engineering problems and how the OpenLCB Group and Railstars (my business) are attempting to address these problems using CAN technology. A demonstration of this technology—which basically means a chance to play with some model trains—follows.

Come for the discussion of CAN, stay to play with the model trains.

*** NOTE *** Bob Kressin will NOT be able to attend this session (international business travel).  If you plan on being there, please contact me immediately so we can make arrangements for you to emcee.  Thank you!!!

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  • Eric S.

    I really appreciated the well done presentation.

    November 7, 2012

  • David W.

    great presentation and material

    November 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    So, if I have a title and abstract for the talk I'm giving, should I post it here?

    October 30, 2012

    • Bob K.

      Please email it to me directly, Don - bob at kstechnologies dot com . Thank you ! ! !

      October 30, 2012

  • Eric S.

    I'm looking forward to seeing what this group is about.

    October 23, 2012

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