Category Archives: Development

2013 National microMedic contest

The U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center, and Parallax Inc. are sponsoring the 2013 National microMedic contest. Now YOU have the opportunity to help others through your medical application invention! Using microcontrollers … Read more

Testing the new reduced-sized ICSP connector

This week we received a batch of PCBs and amongst them was the latest revision of our USB TFT breakoutboard. This board is the first board that features a new ICSP footprint, which occupies less space on the PCB and … Read more

Levitating LED combines wireless power transfer + magnetic levitation

Chris Rieger is an Electrical Engineering student from the University of Queensland Australia, and has been experimenting with wireless power transfer and magnetic levitation. After studying the work of Jeff Lieberman, Eric Taylor, and others, Chris fine tuned his design … Read more

PhoneGap cross platform development using HTML5 + cloud

“PhoneGap is a standards-based, open-source development framework for building cross-platform mobile apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript for iPhone/iPad, Google Android, Windows Phone 7, Palm, Symbian, BlackBerry and more. Write a PhoneGap app once with HTML and Javascript and deploy … Read more

CMU Sphinx open source toolkit for speech recognition

CMU Sphinx is Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) open source toolkit for speech recognition. The project has published this article on Sourceforge describing the automation of language model creation procedures as a complete C++ application. The article is the latest in … Read more

ATARI POKEY player using DP QFP proto board

Markus Gritsch has built a dedicated ATARI POKEY chiptunes player using a DP QFP proto boards. “I successfully compiled the ASAP (Another Slight Atari Player) library for a PIC32MX795F512H. ASAP emulates a 6502 CPU and the famous POKEY sound chip … Read more

Human birdwings project: the only thing real was the Seeeduino

UPDATED: The Human Birdwings project is an elaborate hoax, the brainchild of possibly one Jarno Smeets, an alleged mechanical engineer from the Netherlands. His stated goal was to build a set of functional human birdwings similar to those conceived by … Read more

Draft: Propeller 2 code authentication and protection

Parallax is in the process of designing its next gen Propeller chip. Informally dubbed the Propeller 2, the design includes a 32-bit, general purpose multi-core microcontroller with 8 identical cogs, a 160 MHz planned maximum clock speed, core voltage 1.8 … Read more