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What should the topic be for the coming Micro Monday? (April 9th)

Get started with Peek hacking
2 (40%)
Getting started with MSP430 and open source tools
1 (20%)
Raspberry Pi I/O
2 (40%)
MOSFETS
0 (0%)
PCB design
0 (0%)
SMD
0 (0%)
ISP for AVR
0 (0%)
XBee
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 5

Voting closed: April 03, 2012, 10:42:36 AM

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f00bard

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Micro Mondays!
« on: March 21, 2012, 11:27:20 AM »
Lets get Micro Monday back on track now that we have our own forum!


I'm open to suggestions about what to do on a Micro Monday:


- A bunch of us have Peeks, now.  We could make an evening out of opening them up and getting software loaded on them.
- I've been playing with the MSP430 a bit lately.  We could do some intro with the Launchpad.  Also open source tools.
- ... That's all I've got


I hope everyone who's attended in the past will be following this forum!

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Re: Micro Mondays!
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2012, 11:38:52 AM »
I definitely think MSP430 would be cool. I can't even get going with the IDE, let alone get my own code on it. Same deal with my Peek -- don't even have the cable at this point.

Couple ideas:
  • ISP programming for dummies (optional Pocket AVR programmer or USBTinyISP + AVR)
  • Programming for AVR and avrdude
  • PIC (make waterbury teach?)
  • Mosfets (solenoids, big lights, etc -- tetsu gave out a few n-channels)
  • Xbee (duplikit and I could run this, maybe just demo and basics)
  • Raspberry Pi GPIO
  • SMD SMD SMD... (soldering, package identification, reflow, etc)
  • PCB Design (schematics, board layout, gerber files, etc -- duplikit wanted to teach a class on this)

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Re: Micro Mondays!
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2012, 11:47:36 AM »
I bought a bunch of mosfets in and left them with the big breadboard...don't remember how micro-friendly they are, but worth looking before buying more...


We also have the MORE IO slides and parts - you are welcome to use any part of that for people that want to learn, and parts kits can be created very inexpensively...


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Re: Micro Mondays!
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2012, 09:19:23 AM »
+1 for the raspberry pi GPIO, mine should be getting here in early April.  From what I've seen it seems like the GPIO pines can be controlled from the userland, it's basically just a file you read or write to.  Only problem is that they're only 3.3V tolerant, which is a bit annoying.

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Re: Micro Mondays!
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2012, 10:43:36 AM »
Added a poll.  You have a week to vote so we can prep in time.

My Raspberry Pi is supposed to ship at the end of March.  In the meantime, I have a Beagleboard which is probably similar (runs Angstrom Linux) that we can play with.

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Re: Micro Mondays!
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2012, 04:21:52 PM »
Does the Beagleboard break out GPIO like the Raspberry Pi does?

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Re: Micro Mondays!
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2012, 11:17:26 AM »
Derp, I meant Beaglebone.  I have a Beaglebone.  Yes, it does.  They have a "shield" design sort of like Arduino but much more dense.  http://beagleboard.org/bone