Tag Archives: Propeller

A Tin Can Robot – Change of Plans

I decided to slightly change plans for the tin can robot. Since I bought a 3D printer lately, it now totally makes sense to print out all the additional parts around the can (instead of poorly handcraft them from whatever). Thus, I started designing all stuff I like to print within OpenSCAD. Below you could […]

A Tin Can Robot – Electronics

I roughly put together most of the electronic parts needed to make the robot drive. The video shows operation of the two motors through my cellphone using Bluetooth. Also I added basic playback of PCM audio files through a speaker I connected to the Propeller. The audio is a must to play back the typical […]


I uploaded (and also on OBEX) a little SPIN script to use the Thosiba TB6612FNG dual motor controller on the Parallax Propeller. The driver offers methods to operate each motor individually or both motors together (by sending the same command to each, or sending a different command to each).

A Tin Can Robot – The Idea

Since R2D2 from StarWars is very popular with my kids these days,  I started working on a tin can robot which looks something like R2D2 and is remote controllable through a Android device (cell phone, tablet, ..). The body is made from a can which originally was for coffee. As you can see in the […]


I uploaded (and also on OBEX) a little SPIN script for the Parallax Propeller which helps in creating shells using the serial line. It is meant for both: interactive shells operated by a human, or shells used in machine to machine communication. The setup I currently use for this is a Propeller Quickstart Board with […]

Propeller-Installer Project of the Week at Parallax

My little installer script for helping setting up a Propeller Tool-chain on Linux/ARM, also mentioned on hackaday last month, was chosen for “project of the week” from Parallax (the makers of the Propeller).

Using Propeller Tool-Chain Installer on RasPi

I just received a bunch of Raspberry Pis and though I give the propeller tool-chain installer script I wrote earlier about a try. Here is what a did on a fresh Raspbian “wheezy” to get it work. 1) Install needed dependencies sudo apt-get install git subversion mercurial texinfo flex libncurses5-dev python-serial 2) Get the Script […]

Propeller-Installer on hackaday.com

My article about the installer script for a Propeller Toolchain on Linux/ARM made it to hackaday.com.

Installing a Propeller Tool-Chain for C and SPIN

Lately I started playing around with the Parallax Propeller Quick Start Board. Since I found it a little hard to puzzle together a Linux tool-chain supporting C/C++ and SPIN development for Propeller on Intel based as well as on ARM based machines, I wrote a little installer script which helps in setting up a tool-chain […]