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Ardweeny adventures, part two

Posted by Erica on Apr 16, 2010 in Electronics, Making

I have a working Ardweeny!
The Solarbotics replacement kit arrived this afternoon. I assembled it as before, with a few differences. The male programming headers were put in with the proper orientation. And I decided to test the Ardweeny without soldering the chip in at first — the pressure of the outer pins holds it pretty [...]

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Ardweeny adventures, part one

Posted by Erica on Apr 16, 2010 in Electronics, Making

The┬áparts bundle for the coasterbot includes a microcontroller to act as the brain of the robot. It is an Ardweeny, made by Solarbotics. Billed as the “smallest, handiest, bread-board friendly Arduino-compatible”, it literally fits on the back of the ATMega328 chip. It’s a pretty cool design, and incredibly small, as you can see in the [...]

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Constructing the Speed Vest circuit board

Posted by Erica on Feb 6, 2010 in Electronics, Making

The electronic circuitry for the Speed Vest is fairly simple. A high-voltage, low ampere power supply lights up strands of electroluminescent (EL) wire. Each wire corresponds to a digit on either the left or right side of the vest. We use a microcontroller, the Arduino Duemilanove, to read input from the wired wheel sensor, calculate [...]

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