Electronic Gadget News: Microcontrollers

PIC-based Derbot AGVs face navigation challenge

This one tickled my fancy, and may be worth Gadget Masters checking out. On the Universities Research blog we wrote about a robot challenge that takes place at the University of Derby. Specifically, the Derbot design is based around either a PIC 16F873A, 18F242 or 18F2420, with DC motors driven…

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Sitara powers Mindstorms EV3 robotics

We’ve featured the powerful Mindstorms a number of times on Gadget Master but the Lego system is getting even more umpf. TI’s Sitara AM1808 processor has been selected to power the EV3 robotics platform that is now available. Basically, the MPU will be controlling the motors, monitor sensors…

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Mindstorms powers Time Twister Lego clock

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s Time Twister 2… Clocks are a recurring theme on Gadget Master – check out the Pong clock, the Worduino word clock, the hard drive clock and the Nixie clock, for example – and here is a new Lego-based, Mindstorms-powered variant. Its creator, Hans Andersson, has…

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Skubey Skubey Radio!

Inside the Skube from Andrew Nip on Vimeo. Check out this example of Arduino powering a new style, social radio – a “Skube”. This is a music player that “allows you to discover and share music and facilitates the decision process of picking tracks when in a communal setting,” according to…

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How to build a robotic guide dog

It’s always great to hear about readers’ projects, and the details of Gadget Master work in progress, so thanks to Tom for recently sharing his work with us. It involves a school electronics project to build a prototype robotic guide dog, no less! Check out details of Tom’s…

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Raspberry Pi #0001 goes for £3,500 on eBay

I don’t know if you have been following the Raspberry Pi project – it looks very promising material for Gadget Masters – but a £20 Raspberry Pi computer sold for £3,500 on eBay last night, writes Steve Bush. It is intended to cost under £20 when it goes into production…

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How to build a whistle-activated light switch

This is a good project – building a whistle-activated light switch. Hold a note to turn it on, and whistle again to turn it off! Check out the website of Luke Allen, a US Navy officer, where he details the project – Whistle-activated switch – and provides circuit diagrams, C code…

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Lego + microprocessor + Bluetooth == TimeTwister

A bit of fun for a Friday – an impressive twist on lego functionality. Thanks to our sister site New Scientist for flagging this one. It’s the work of one Hans Andersson who has developed the eye-catching Time Twister… Hans Andersson writes: I have always been fascinated with time…

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