Category Archives: Microcontrollers

Propeller Tool-Chain Installer (GCC, SPIN, BST, ..) Updated

I updated my installer-script for the Parallax Propeller tool-chain (GCC, SPIN, BST and others) to make it work (agin) on Ubuntu 14.04. Main issue was that the current “makeinfo” seems not to be happy with some of the “.texi” files from “binutils” used by the Propeller GCC. Thus, I added a patch to the script […]

Operate Real Light From ComputerCraft

Recently I got notice about ComputerCraft, a Minecraft mod which is all about computers and programming in Minecraft. Each computer block could be connected to redstone in-/outputs, and is programmable in Lua. Today I installed the mod and played a little with it. The result is: I am now able to use a redstone switch […]

Hacking an SD-Card to Micro Python on STM32F4-Discovery

Some time ago, I wrote about how to install the amazin Micro Python on the STM32F4-Discovery. While this works very well, one might easily come to the point where the internal flash memory of the STM32 will be not enough. I guess, this is why the Micro Python board comes with an micro SD card […]

Linux Kernel Module to Control 434Mhz RC Outlets – Pi Version

Added a setup-script to cross-compile the Linux kenel module for the RC outlets for the Raspbarry Pi. To be able to cross-compile the module, in brief the following needs to be done: Install ARM cross-gcc On Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install gcc-arm-linux-gnueabi make ncurses-dev Get RasPi Kernel E.g. use Kernel from GIT: git clone linux-raspberrypi […]

Linux Kernel Module to Control 434Mhz RC Outlets

Some time ago, I wrote about using an EDIMAX Smart Plug with Python. The EDIMAX has build in Wifi and runs its own web server. While this is convenient, it also makes the EDIMAX quiet expensive. Lately I got notice (thanks Eric), about very cheap 434MHz based plugs sold by Pollin for less then 10 […]

Case for STM32F4-Discovery Board

I finished a case for the STM32F4-Discovery board. It consists of two parts: the case body and the case cover. The cover is hold in place by two snap-ins. The cover has spaces for all the header, jumpers and buttons. Also I made the cover very thin at the places where the LEDs of the board […]

Micro Python on STM32F4-Discovery

The Micro Python project is an effort to make the Python3 language fast and lean enough to run on micro controllers and if was successfully founded by this KickStarter campaign. It is intended to run on it’s own hardware, the pyboard. Unfortunately, this board is not widely availabel, and everyone who missed the KickStarter will not be […]

Bric(k)-o-lage – Blockly

Here are some screen-shots of the Blockly based visual programming editor for Brick-O-Lage. Roughly it works like this: On the Master Brick, the bolsrv is running. bolsrv uses libbol to access the bricks connected to the master via I2C bolsrv also includes a mongoose based web server doing two things: serving the HTML+JavaScript based visual editor […]

Bric(k)-o-lage – DCM Brick

Recently I finished a first version of the DCM Brick (DC Motor Control).  As for the DIO brick and the Master Brick, I designed schematic and PCB using fritzing . Also I ordered the PCBs from fritzing FAB. For the firmware I used my own libemb as a basis. The DCM brick allows driving two DC motors independently.  Each motors direction (clockwise […]

Bric(k)-o-lage – Bric(k)-o-Mess

Master Brick, two DIO bricks (in the back), a breadboard proto of the DCM brick (one Launchpad for the proto, one for programming the DIOs).