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Month: October 2011


Links – Arduino Development for Visual Studio 2010 and 2008

Visual Micro has developed a plugin for the Visual Studio 2010 and 2008 Development environment that allows full featured Arduino development with such features as intellisense. This plugin frees one from having to use the Arduino IDE to develop and upload sketches.   Visual Micro CodePlex,  Adafruit Post, Visual Micro, Visual Micro on Arduino.cc

Dropbox Arduino Sketches

Links – Using Dropbox to Centralize Arduino Sketches

I was browsing my typical batch of favorite blogs and I came across a post that discussed how to use Dropbox to centralize sketches.  Now, this is a great idea in my opinion as it allows me to work on the same file from multiple computers, back up the file, and keep a track of… Read More ›

How-To Shrinkify Your Arduino Projects

Links – Programming an ATtiny with the Arduino IDE

The MIT High-Low Tech Lab posted a tutorial on how to program an ATtiny45 or ATtiny85 micro-controller using the Arduino IDE.  This functionality is accomplished by using a subset of the Arduino libraries to add a set of core runtime source files to support the ATtiny45/85.  Matt Richardson of MAKE Magazine posted a video demonstrating how… Read More ›

Hobbybotics Motor Tester V1.0

Software – Hobbybotics Motor Controller Tester V1.0

I wrote this application to test the Hobbybotics Motor Controller.  This application controls the motor controller over the serial port by way of a micro-controller.  Take a look at the project page for more details.  You can find it here.


Software – Voltage Divider Network Calculator

I’m working on several projects that I want to include a voltmeter to monitor battery levels.  One of the easier methods is to use a resistor voltage divider network and a zener diode to scale the input voltage to a value safe for the Analog-to-Digital (ADC) pin.  I developed a voltage divider calculator in C# to help… Read More ›


Software – Arduino TFT Touchscreen RGB Color Mixer

Adafruit sells a really nice touchscreen and shield for the Arduino (other microcontrollers welcome).  They also provide a library for the Arduino that makes the touchscreen easy to use.  I want to use the touchscreen to develop some custom menus but, found it difficult to figure out RGB color codes.  So, I wrote a little C#… Read More ›


General – Arduino Optiboot Boot-loader

I’ll soon be updating the Hobbyduino Mini to the Optiboot boot-loader.  According to the Optiboot Google Code Page: Allows larger sketches. Is a quarter of the size of the default bootloader freeing 1.5k of extra space. Sketches upload faster. Optiboot operates at higher baud rates and has streamlined programming. Adaboot performance improvements. Runs sketches sooner with… Read More ›

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