GIVEAWAY: MSP430 LaunchPad

Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 in contest by DP

This week we’re giving away an MSP430 LaunchPad! We’ve amassed a couple of these as freebies, now one of them can be yours.

Leave a comment on this post with a project idea, and this board could be yours on Thursday.

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80 Responses to “GIVEAWAY: MSP430 LaunchPad”

  1. ZotDitzMyo says:

    This is just perfect to make a low-cost USI interface for a HD44780 LCD!

  2. TiBounise says:

    I want one to montinor some informations (temparture, humidity, if the door is open, etc.) from my hut

  3. David says:

    AC automation to adjust AC settings during the day sutomatically, bridged to server over xbee for remote control.

  4. c0da says:

    I would like to try if I can get it to work with the Raspberry Pi. Arduino seems to work perfectly, but what about the MSP430?

    • NeXTWay says:

      Lower power (yeah, but who cares?), better interrupts, a bit more difficult to program than the Arduino (mainly because you have to work with registers, but you’ll get used to it), almost no external components required (a capacitor and a 10-20K resistor, if you want ICP). And best of all, no fuses! :D
      If you don’t win it, buy one. For $4.30 it’s well worth the price ;)
      I’ve got one and I’m really having fun with it!

  5. Jason S says:

    I’d like to use it to make a nice 8 channel radio for my quadcopter.

  6. BDPCVIT says:

    I want it to create door lock for toilet with touch Keyboard. To open the door human must solve small mathematical problem such as 2 +2 * 2 :)

  7. Destate9 says:

    Swag! The Ohio State University Formula Car Team could get some good use out of that

  8. Vinci says:

    I would love to use one of these to automate some of the watering/humidity needs of plants around the house, or as a simple, low power controller for a EL wire project i have the parts (-MCU) for.. :)

  9. Andrew says:

    I think someone is stealing my coffee K-Cups from a cabinet in my office. If I won this, I would have it part of a control that knows that I am NOT in the office from 5:00 PM to 7:00 AM and controls a tazer that nails ANYONE attempting to steal my coffee.

    There are four things of mine you don’t screw with: my family, my coffee, my beer, or my radios (whether it is the AM/FM radio or the one with a mic attached!)

  10. Baystray says:

    I have a 3 year old step-son whose father got him a 4-wheeler power wheel that is WAY to big for him so he’s scared to drive it, but not sit on it (too big for him to properly steer). I wanted to make it remote controlled till he gets the hang of it but don’t want to waste my more powerful controllers…that and it’ll run forever on the battery in that thing… :-P

  11. Adrian says:


    This should be especially interesting now that we have Energia

  12. Benjamin says:

    I’d like to make a GPS logger, those low-power MSPs are just what I need…

  13. Chad Adams says:

    I would use this board as a teaching tool to teach my kids how to write code for simple microprocessors. A couple of them are interested in building a robot so I want to teach them how to use microprocessors and this would be a great way for them to learn it.

  14. Arsene Daniel says:

    Given the low power consumption and its capabilities I want to build a box for my baby stroller, who can indicate time, temperature, humidity, distance, who knows maybe even a GPS monitor??

  15. Trey says:

    A little bird told me that there’s an even cooler launchpad coming out soon! I can’t wait till DP is giving that one away!

  16. Douglas Bouttell says:

    Ultra Low power timer is something I’ve been thinking of building

  17. Troy Berg says:

    Near field unit for interaction with NFC android handhelds. Android software will report basic information (notes, voice mail status, current song playing, TV show wish list etc.) to a launchpad which will parse the information into scripts for automated response (stereo playback of current song, power TV and tune to appropriate channel, ect)

  18. Paco says:

    I will like to use it to give a try to the msp430 family

  19. malinengineer says:

    I always wanted to make a battery-powered game console with the LaunchPad :-)

  20. Dante says:

    I am planning to build a wireless weather station. The nrf radios will stream data directly to my home server via a ethernet to serial shield I am developing right now. The low energy consumption of this board makes them ideal for my project. I am planning to open source this project if I get started soon.

  21. Andreas says:

    Always wanted to try and build a low-power camera multi trigger device using a MSP

  22. John C. says:

    I’ve been thinking about making a “digital turntable” sample-based audio toy for awhile… this might work.

  23. Sven Berger says:

    I currently want to do some led display stuff with the arduino. If I got one of those MSPs I would use ofcourse try to do it with this.

  24. Marian Bica says:

    I guess the best thing you could do with it is actually a tutorial page.Because,let’s face it: the Launchpad is an Arduino-like board that you can afford to use in all your projects, and not just for prototyping. For a first project ideea, I’m working on an AC motor speed controller. Good luck to all of us!

  25. joshf813 says:

    Would be using this to automate my indoor garden with temp, humidity, co2 and lignhts!

  26. M_M says:

    A 8051 and 6502 emulator!

    Because I can!

  27. Sky King says:

    Im going to wire it to my TP-LINK router and expose a few GPIO pins

  28. Nando says:

    I’d like to use this to build an internet/twitter based security system for my home. Awesome!

  29. iyahdub says:

    Just got my moisture sensor to use in the soil sent from Seedstudio…
    So , id use it to finally implement it along with a relay for an automated watering to a plant pot with a small pump ( test first and then scale it maybe to outdoors soil?!?) with a MSP430 and the new language Energia ( Arduino compatible).
    Been wanting one for a while, actually !! Lets hope ( hope is the last thing to go, dont they say so ?!?)

  30. sky says:

    solar powered…off grid monitoring of my mini hydrophonics systems. it will monitor and log temp and humidity. control mini pumps and lights.

  31. Alex says:

    I’ve got some of the kids unused RC toys begging to become autonomous cat terrifying bots!

  32. Fabian Fagua says:

    InfraRed Nes/Snes Pad MSP430G2XXXX Libray and Booster Pack

    LaunchPad + MSP430G2XXXX + TIR1000 (IrDA ENCODER AND DECODER)+ Nes/Snes PAD = InfraRed Nes/SNES PAD Booster Pack and USB conection

    I want to use the LaunchPad and design a Booster Pack for receiving data from the Nes / Snes Pad with infrared protocol and sent to PC by USB connection LaunchPad. Also modify the Nes / Snes Pad to send and receive data through infrared protocol and function with battery.

  33. I’ve just purchased a TI ez430 Chronos watch and plan to make a wireless bicycle speed sensor/transmitter to interface with it. This would then become part of the electric Honda Supercub project me and a colleague are planning (we live in Vietnam so cubs are cheap and plentiful).

    Using another MSP430 controller in the speed transmitter would make a lot of sense and the 430’s low power consumption would be a big advantage. It would also make it possible to use TI’s off the shelf protocol code ( and bountiful documentation on interfacing the MSP430 to their CC11xx transceivers.

    I was planning on using a TI RF transmitter and a AVR MCU because that’s what I have the tools for but if I was to have a Launchpad it would be possible to go with the more streamlined complete TI solution.

  34. Cliff says:

    Will make a nice digital light meter with mine, with an OLED display and push button and incremental encoder interface to calculate accurate image exposure values from measured lncident or reflected light.

  35. Najmul says:

    I would use it to control my water tank pump automatically & also control lights in the toilets so that if anyone leaves the lights on it will switch them off after a defined time of inactivity sensed by a PIR sensor.
    Also log these to a PC for displaying pretty statistics with graphs (to make my home a little more GREEN)

  36. Kawa says:

    Whenever I leave a comment on these giveaways, someone comes along with some ultra fancy “ideea” which probably will never do, and wins hands down. I would use use it first for “blinkin’ led”, because it would be the first time I ever touch an MSP430. I would like to use it.

  37. we want to make frequency syntheziser controller for simulating our digital instantaneous frequency measurement unit.

  38. John says:

    Introduce my kids to programming by interpreting inputs & creating reactions. Will use two motor/gearbox combos plus driver board to react to inputs from switches, light detectors.

  39. Chris Swart says:

    The only end to the possibilities are the ends of your imagination. I’m busy with some Opens Source Aquarium Automation project (well, the first phase will only be to automatically do some chemical tests) and for that I pondered the PIC18F range, but this would make a very nice part of the automatic tester… Details on the project will be on my blog in a couple of days, for now I’m trying to figure them out myself and doing some sketchup work for it…

  40. Troy Berg says:

    It is not about completing the idea but rather contributing the idea with enough detail for somebody to be inspired and to take it on themselves.

  41. JTR says:

    That usb connector might come in handy if I could desolder the thing.

  42. Xykon says:

    I already have two of them as they are so cheap but I’d be interested in some ideas to use them. The Software support from TI is excellent and IAR also offers a free compiler (there is a size limitation in the IAR compiler but it’s bigger than what the chips included can handle).

    I started out doing a lot of netmf stuff as C# is a language I know very well but then got interested in programming things directly in C/Assembler so beside my PIC boards that I got from recently I’d be interested to do something with these things as well.

    What might be interesting is to write some sort of “demo” application for the bus pirate… like put it in I2C or SPI client mode and then respond to BP commands. Maybe a simple echo program to start with… receive 8 byte via I2C or SPI and send them back. Or emulate an eeprom chip with either protocol. Not sure that thing has native 1wire support but that may be solved via Software? I’ll keep thinking of more things but I excempt myself from the “competition” part as I already have two of them anyways (yes I got two to have them communicate with each other but never got past soldering the headers and installing the GUIs… then got sidetracked with some other stuff).

  43. Vladimir says:

    I would make a WiFi booster pack based on Microchip components. This booster will offload TCP/IP from a uC to hardware chip.

  44. Knight says:

    I would like to build a MP3 NTP Alarm clock with this one.

  45. John says:

    I have several projects including a remote weather station for back country ski conditions in New England, a controller for a wood fired hydronic heating system, a well pump controller to monitor well water production and automatically switch between wells as needed, …..

  46. Skappy says:

    Hi Ian,
    I would use the MSP430 from Texas Instrument as a brain for a RGB led coffee table with features such as :

    Real Time Music Visualization
    8×16 RGB LED Matrix Display
    Over 16 Million Possible Colors Per Cell
    40 FPS Refresh Rate
    Beat Detection Software
    Python Module For Easy Interfacing

    Looks great doesn’t it ?

    Have a nice day


  47. Xykon says:

    Thank’s for the tip about Energia… I didn’t know about that one… I love the Arduino idea and while I don’t have any “original” one I have the SparkFun serial LCD which is based on the Arduino architecture and a ChipKit board that also uses a modified Arduino IDE. I had give one Launchpad to a friend but she didn’t do anything with it yet as it is somewhat complicated for someone who’d never done anything with Microcontrollers… maybe that’ll help her get started with it finally… and me as well as I still have two more which I haven’t touched other than soldering the headers to it.

    • iyahdub says:

      Yeah, i also use PInguino ( PIC32 based), so i know what you mean… Use AVR ( Arduino for simpler things, and AVR for complicated, faster needs)…and some PICs( assembler and C , mainly)…But havent had a chance of touching one of these…And due to the low power nature of the chip, would be nice to my project ! With Energia !! lol

  48. Billamama says:

    Use it to make a keylogger and then program it to send keystrokes to automatically send the log output to a email address. Wait for the keyboard to become inactive before sending keystrokes to activate sending the log by email.

  49. LCD display + a keypad to make a duodecimal calculator. Base 12 math just doesn’t get enough love. ;)

  50. Towoody says:

    I would like to make a multiple location tempertue. Monitor

  51. joe says:

    I web controlled dog ball thrower.

  52. Andre says:

    Like it! :D wireless transceiver with cc1101! for wireless moisture sensors!

  53. werejag says:

    shesh why is it so hard to get choosen.

  54. I would use it to build an Ableton Live compatible controller with my son.

  55. Popol318 says:

    Could be a great board to base my sun-powered pool water heater controller. Controlling valves, pump and pressure sensors. There seems to be a good amount of support for this micro.

  56. KoekieMonster says:

    It would be nice to make a rc telemetry set using this.

  57. Jon S says:

    I would like one to make something that will listen on a network for a specific data packet. If it sees it, it will temporarily remove power from a remotely located router.

  58. Multichannel room controller (temperature, humidity, Co2)

  59. Chris says:

    Controller for gcode to stepper motor.

  60. FourthDr says:

    Sounds like the perfect platform to control a tomato garden hydroponics watering and sensor network. Perfect tomatoes every time! :-D Drop on a solar cell and a 12v lead acid plus a wifi connection for remote control and you’re all set!

  61. jspicer says:

    This uC would be my first foray out of Arduino; I’d like to use the MSP430 in an autopilot for a r/c plane. If I read the datasheet correctly, there’s more digital I/O than on the ArduPilot (with the 20pin chip?), which is good in addition to the low power stats. Plus, it’s cheap enough to use multiple chips for a single project.

  62. Dave says:

    I am currently just starting out with a strain gauge logging unit. This would be ideal, coupled with a backpack holding a strain gauge conditioner, e.g. TI’s PGA309

    Keep up the good work.

  63. Scott says:

    Would like to test it out using a number of sensors including a flex sensor and blog about my experience.

  64. Baystray says:

    Now it’s pretty much down to keeping our fingers crossed, I guess… :-)

  65. Walt Baker says:

    Use as a controller for RGB LED based animated display.

  66. Nico says:

    With this litle nice chip I can finaly read the temperature of my home, wich is now analog. I want to control it aswell by IR or some kind of wireless connection. And while its over there next to the dial, it can also switch my living room light on and of at sertain time with the free rtc i got from NXP

    Did I told you guys already that NXP is giving away lots and lots of free ic’s ? I just finished a small powersuply for my raspberry, its just my dad wants his Pi back so I need something new to thinker with this warm summer vacation.

  67. sachin says:

    we can develop the oscillioscope which can be used as an handy tool for electronics experiment

  68. Bugbother says:

    That would be perfect as a blutetoorh to IR translator ! (we always lost our tv remotes…)

  69. Seth says:

    I think a cool project would be a connector for your USB keyboard and mouse that turned each of them off after a set period of time, this making you take regular breaks from working.

  70. Patrick says:

    I’m thinking about a high school level, easily built, simple portable function generator. I’m tired of using the audio jack of my android phone for that purpose. Would be nice to have a simple portable one built with the Launchpad. Cheaply bought / easily replaceable should anything go wrong.

  71. SoiSentinel says:

    Oh, I’ve been wanting to use one to prototype a coin cell powered motion sensor with a $5 maker price for a month, but TI’s been out of stock on the launchpad board!

  72. Steve says:

    Youngest son wants to build a robot hand. (like thing in the Adams Family)

    We need a controller for the summer holiday project.

  73. Namratha says:

    We can interface motion sensor (PIR sensor ) & can be used for motion control

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