September Route 9 Ruby: Mike Breen on Arduino w/ Ruby

The Route 9 Ruby Group is meeting on Wednesday, September 19th at Punchbowl.com's office in Framingham, starting at 5:30pm. Come join your fellow Massachusetts rubyists to talk about how to better our craft, enjoy some free snacks and beer, and meet a few new people.

This month Mike Breen will give a introduction to Arduino programming with Ruby:

Welcoming our new robot overlords: Arduino programming with Ruby

Why should Node.js developers have all the fun? In this talk I'll share what I've learned about programming the Arduino via the Firmata protocol using Ruby.

We'll have food and beer for refreshments (provided by our sponsor, Punchbowl.com). The event is free, we're right off the pike (exit for Rte 30), and we have ample free parking at the office.

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  • Peter D.

    Mike; fantastic on all levels. Really great presentation of some really cool looking engineering.

    September 20, 2012

  • Mike B.

    Thanks everyone for coming out tonight. I had a great time. Here's the link to my notes http://gist.io/3732349. Feel free to hit me up with any questions.

    After talking with some of you I learned that I glossed over how the Wall-E gem actually interacts with the Arduino using the Firmata protocol. First you upload the StandardFirmata sketch (a sketch is a C/C++ program) to the Arduino over the USB cable. The Firmata code is then running on the Arduino.

    The Wall-E gem sends Firmata messages to the Arduino over the USB cable (and also receives messages from the Arduino but I didn't demonstrate this). No Ruby (or other language) code is uploaded to the Arduino via Wall-E. Nor does Wall-E do any sort of compilation. The Wall-E code runs on your computer and sends bytes to the Arduino over the USB cable.

    Hopefully I've cleared this up a bit.

    September 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Mike, your presentation was fun and inspiring, thanks!

      I just got my MaKey MaKey kit in the mail a few days ago and you've now lit a fire under my ass to play with it.

      September 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the rad talk, Mike! (oh, no, wait -- you didn't end up suing Rad, nevermind ;)

    September 20, 2012

  • Patricio A.

    Mike's presentation was a lot of fun. It was interesting to see code on the screen translate into physical movements like the claw.

    September 20, 2012

  • Brian V.

    I learned about the existence of firmata. Very cool. I enjoyed Mike's enthusiasm for his work.

    September 20, 2012

  • Mike B.

    A few people also asked how to get started with Wall-E. I've updated the readme with instructions. Please open an issue if you run into trouble.

    https://github.com/hardbap/wall_e

    September 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent!

    September 19, 2012

  • Evgeny R.

    Great talk on a topic that I didn't know much about. I'm more of a web application guy, and this piqued my interest in hardware and robotics controllers.

    September 19, 2012

  • Jeff

    Mike did a great job. Funny, personable and excellent content

    September 19, 2012

  • Eric B.

    Great presentation!

    September 19, 2012

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