MTM06 video tour

23 11 2010

On the first day, we made a video tour of MTM06 with Nick Farr of Hackers on a Plane. The plan was to make a short 3 minute video but it turned out to an 11 minute video. Check it out!

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MTM06 is over

21 11 2010

Make: Tokyo Meeting 06 was an eye opening experience. Lots of cool stuff to look at & play with, speaking with fellow geeks about their projects (sometimes in Japanese, a really bad one 😀 ) and taking lots of pictures and a couple of videos. I am still thinking about which photo best describes this event, and there are so many! I think I will go with the stuff I bought and got for free. 🙂

MTM06 loot

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Make: Tokyo Meeting 06

20 11 2010

I will be attending the Make: Tokyo Meeting 06 on November 20 & 21st at Tokyo Institute of Technology, O-okayama Campus. If you manage to come, just drop by Tokyo Hackerspace table (shared with Hackers on a Plane) and lets share ideas!





TK-1315LA review and connection guide

3 09 2010

I recently purchased a TK-1315LA GPS module and an MMCX antenna set from here. My first test results were good and I am planning to use it in a future project (involving robots of course!). It is a really tiny (L42.0 x W14.0 x H9.2mm) 3.3volt GPS module that tracks up to 20 satellites. The default data output is NMEA0184 V3.00, RTCM formatted data by UART @ 9600bps, 8N1.

GPS module and Bus Pirate connection

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PIC32 Ethernet Starter Kit review

3 09 2010

I have attended the PIC32 Ethernet Starter Kit RoadTest event, won a kit and here is my review. The PIC32 Ethernet Starter Kit is the 3rd version of a series of PIC32 starter kits. This is not my first time for working with Ethernet enabled microcontrollers but a first for PIC32 family.

Package Content

The kit came in a black plastic box which resembles a DVD box. The contents were:

  • PIC32 Ethernet Starter Kit development board
  • USB Mini-B to full-sized A cable – USB debug cable to debug and power the board
  • USB Micro-B to full-sized A cable – PIC32 USB cable to communicate with the PIC32 USB port
  • RJ-45 CAT5 Ethernet patch cable – Ethernet CAT5 cable to communicate with the PIC32 Ethernet port
  • Software CD
  • Registration card

Package contents

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Jobs getting piled up…

30 08 2010

I was pretty busy, and had to delay some of the things I had to do. But they are all getting piled up, so I have to start somewhere! These are the updates I have in mind:

  • PIC32 Ethernet Starter Kit review
  • GPS module review and BusPirate connection guide
  • C30 v3.23b Linux import has to get finished and guide has to be updated

There are also a few projects coming along with other contributors. Also a few are in my draft book, waiting for parts, tools, time etc. Hopefully I will finish the list and start them soon.





element14 Merchandise

25 07 2010

I won element14’s Birthday Merchandise draw recently and I found a package in my post box 2 days ago. The contents were a folder, a notebook (all pages are a to-do list), a nice pen and a 2GB USB Flash drive. You can find the pictures below.

All merchandise was inside the folder to the left.

Pages of the notebook and the opened up flash drive.

I will take these to my laboratory and use the notebook to take notes about all the stuff I have to do and the flash drive to store my electronics related work and personal projects.

Thanks and happy birthday element14!