Check out the new projects site for A-i-S www.adventuresinsilicon.com

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

ProTip for Embedded SoC Development - static IP set by router

These days of developing with multiple SoC (Raspberry Pis etc) it has become a great idea to set a static via the router based on MAC addresses.

Basically you ask your router to always set the same IP address whenever it sees that network hardware connect (either a NIC or a wifi adaptor).

This is very different to setting a static IP in the device's operating system itself.

When you rely on SSH'ing from a separate PC into the device, knowing which device will have which IP regardless of the fact you just switched SD card and hence operating system is a real time saver.

The exact process of how to achieve router MAC based IP allocation differs for each router but usually is an available setting.

Raspberry Pi 5 inch Touch screen with HDMI


Raspberry Pi 5 inch Touch screen with HDMI

January 2016

The Raspberry Pi 2 is a capable PC and therefore is worth putting a screen on it for some applications.

I bought a 5 inch screen with touchscreen from eBay. It was titled "5-inch Resistive Touch Screen LCD Display HDMI for Raspberry Pi XPT2046".

It cost ~USD$40 (January 2016)

It has a resolution of 800x480.

Hardware



Saturday, October 10, 2015

Oculus Rift SDK 0.7 compatible Titles


The release of the really nice new SDK and Runtime for Oculus Rift (0.7) was a great step up for DK2 users.

The stability and speed improvements were a wonderful surprise. The main downside was it broke compatibility with pre 0.6 SDK applications.

Here is a Reddit list of currently claimed 0.7 compatible applications for the Oculus Rift DK2 running runtime 0.7.

https://www.reddit.com/r/oculus/wiki/sdk07_compatible


LIDAR Range Finder for Robotics



This pulsed light distance metric tool looks interesting. If this is the way of the future the old sharp IR sensors might be gone forever (for most applications)

http://www.robotshop.com/en/lidar-lite-2-laser-rangefinder-pulsedlight.html

Monday, September 28, 2015

New Heated Print Bed for the Up! Mini 3D Printer works great!


If you have a Up! Mini 3D Printer then we highly recommend obtaining this upgrade. The new UP! Mini Bed Rev 3 reduces warping dramatically (at least compared to our original heat bed).

The installation is an easy 30 second job, 2 screws, one cable and you are right to start printing.

The board not only improves the heat bed performance it includes new indicator LEDs.

Combing this upgrade with the third party firmware gives an amazing amount of control to large print 100 micron jobs on an Up! Mini.

What are you waiting for? Go get it!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Ownership of website: Lets Make Robots changes hands


The ever popular robot website with showcases and dicsussions www.letsmakerobots.com has been purchased by Robotshop.


Under New Management 


Full press release here:
http://www.prweb.com/releases/letsmakerobos/robotshop/prweb12932558.htm

This might be good, this might be bad. As we say here are AiS, change is the only constant!