Saturday, September 8, 2012

New Gadgeteer Hardware and More...

Christmas came early... I ordered a bunch of kit that arrived yesterday, just in time for the weekend.

Development Boards
FEZ Hydra Basic Kit
FEZ Cerberus Mainboard
ST Development Board (STM32F4Discovery)

Newhaven - LCD Character Display
USB Client SP Module
RS232 Module
OLED Display Module (128x128)
Ethernet ENC28 Module
Extender Module

So far I have tested the OLED, it is much smaller than I expected but it is really a nice little screen. I can see it being very useful for low volume data that needs to be displayed.

The real fun so far was the Newhaven LCD Character display. I am a software guy, so having to solder does not make me feel comfortable. Don't get me wrong, soldering a few header pins on to a board is no issue.

The data sheet for the display refers to jumpers being set to select the communication mode for the display. but when I opened the device there were no jumpers to be found. A quick Bing search and it turns out that what they call jumper are really two pads on the board that need to be shorted. And those pads sit right next to the processor on the display controller.

When I finally decided to bite the bullet and drop a little solder between the pads, my 11 year old daughter came to check-up on what I was doing. She saw the tiny area I was tackling with what seems like a huge soldering iron and promptly offered to help, she suggested I put that the board under a magnifying glass, which I did and the end result I finally wrote a 'Hello World' .NETMF application.


Let me tell you I was quite relieved when it all worked.

Now to start playing with the STM32F4 Discovery board...

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Mini-Pacman on Miniature Arcade Console

I recently blogged about some of the stuff I am playing with on the .NET Micro Framework Gadgeteer platform. Kenny Spade from the TinyCLR community forums has kindly built a miniature arcade and put up a video of Mini-Pacman running on the arcade.

It is so cool to see your work move from a bunch of loose pieces lying around on a desk to something that looks so polished. Thanks Kenny!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Playing with .NET Micro Framework and Gadgeteer

I am sure most people have heard about the .NET Micro Framework and more recently Gadgeteer. While I have had a keen interest for sometime, I never got around to purchasing any of the hardware until about 3 weeks ago.

Here are a few things I have done in my endeavor to learn more about the framework and the embedded devices.

The first application I developed was a little Pac man clone, I made the source for this available on codeplex just follow this link

More recently, I have been writing a ray-casting engine in the style of Wolfenstein 3D. Eventually I hope to release this as well, with a simple interface that others can use to develop games of this style.

Here is the latest video of the ray-casting engine.

I will post updates as I make more progress.

I am doing this on the FEZ Spider from GHI Electronics