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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 22:03

Digispark DIY: The smallest USB Arduino

Digispark
Digispark is an ATtiny85 based microcontroller development board come with USB interface. Digispark is very small and inexpensive but less powerful than Arduino. Coding is similar to Arduino, and it use the familiar Arduino IDE for development.
 
Digispark is copyrighted by Digistump LLC (digistump.com) and the full license is here
 
Here is an article on how to making a Digispark, however if you want to purchase a finished product, you can always get it from  Digispark's author homepage.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 21:05

Arduino and Stronglink SL018 RFID module

Stronglink SL018 RFID module
Among the RFID modules, Stronglink SL018 is the lowest cost RFID module that I can get which supports read and write. SL018 is a 13.56MHz RFID module, it supports Mifare 1K, Mifare 4K and Mifare Ultralight. The specification are as follow:
Model
MIFARE Module SL018
Frequency
13.56MHz
Protocol
ISO14443A
Tag supported
Ultralight, NTAG203, MIFARE Mini, MIFARE ™ Classic 1K, 4K MIFARE Classic ™, FM11RF08
Interface
I2C
Supply voltage
4.4 - 7.0VDC
Dimension
65 × 45 mm

To communicate with Arduino, Marc Boon had developed the SL018 library for Arduino which support reading UID of tags and reading/writing tags.
Monday, 11 February 2013 10:39

Resizing SD card partitions for Raspberry Pi

If you download the Raspbian image from Raspberry Pi official homepage and write it to the SD card, the SD card partition is fixed to 2GB, meaning that only 2GB is accessible no matter how big your SD card are. You must manually re-size the SD card partition in order to increase the available storage capacity.

Sunday, 10 February 2013 19:03

Develop Android Application without Coding

App Inventor is an application use to develop Android application without programming. Its graphical interface is very similar to Scratch   that allow users to drag and drop visual objects to develop application which runs on many mobile devices.

Google released App Inventor on  December 15, 2010 and terminated as the Google product on August 2011. App Inventor is maintained by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the code is become "Open Source".
Monday, 28 January 2013 23:20

Gambas for Raspberry Pi

Gambas is a BASIC interpreter which is very similar to Visual Basic but running on Linux. Gambas from version 3.2 can run on Raspberry Pi and Gambas3 for Raspberry Pi image file is available here.
 
 
Installation
  • After download the image file (it is zipped), extract it to any location of computer. Now your computer should have an image file named as 2012-07-15-wheezy-gambas3.img
  • Write this img file to SD card using Win32DiskImager as describe in this article
  • Remove the SD card from computer once writing completed
  • Insert the SD card to Raspberry Pi & power on it.
  • Remote access to Raspberry using TightVNC as describe in this article
  • You should see Gambas icon appear on the desktop screen.
  • To start Gambas3, click the first icon at the left bottom screen then select Programming>Gambas3

People find that they are facing 100% CPU usage when using Gambas3, you can use the patch to overcome this problem.