This is a small report made by TVE, the Spanish National TV, in Campus Party Europe where Angel Hernandez talks a little bit about robotics.
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In few days I will start posting all the articles that were written this summer.
Another very productive night!
Here is an RFID project I started tonight. This is still very simple, but I made it just to start playing with this technology.
As you can see on the video, I used an Skypic, to read the information coming from the RFID reader. I just made a custom board to hold the electronics of the cheap RFID reader and bought six different RFID tags.
The RFID reader uses the antenna to read the passive tag and sends the ID information and some other data through its UART. After that, the Skypic filters the Tag ID, and sends it to the computer using a standard header that I always use. On the computer, I made a little program that listens to the Skypic, and looks for the Tag ID on a Database. If the Tag ID exists on the Database it loads all the information about the tag (i.e. picture and final numbers).
Shortly I will start playing with this interesting technology and hopefully I will develop something a little more complex than this
I have been looking around and fighting with some libraries for a couple of days to get the watch to send data to the computer… After some help from TI’s forum I finally got it running on Visual Studio .Net writing a quick code in Visual Basic and using the eZ430_Chronos_Net.dll made by Tobias Gärtner.
I hate all those places where you have to look around to get code and register to download everything, so if you want to download the source code, simply click here and start playing with it.
Follow this steps to make this work:
2. Open the program you just downloaded. there should be a .exe in the bin folder.
3. Click Connect
4. Start the Chronos ez430 in ACC mode.
5. and voilà!
I hope this helps people trying to figure out how to “talk to the device using Visual Studio. If you have any questions just leave a comment or send me an email.
I recently got this new amazing device. Probably you haven’t heard much about it, so just to start, let me give you a brief description of this “watch”:
So you get the all that in a watch-like gadget, plus:
But the best of all this is that you can get all this for only $49!! (Okay, I look like one of those guys selling vacuum cleaners on TV… Haha!)
I still didn’t have enough time to play with it, but My first Project will be to get all that data on the computer using any Visual Studio Language.
The first one was SLU’s official wesite in USA:
Right after that initial release, Jesus and I got an email from SLU Madrid asking if we minded them publishing in their own website about our story. Of course we are happy if they do it, so here it is:
We also made it to SLU Madrid’s newspaper and someone told us that our picture is now the desktop background in the computers at the labs in SLU Madrid, but I will not believe that till I see it with my own eyes… hahaha
Well, we are not “Oprah”, but this is a good way to start, isn’t it?
Little by little I’m running into more videos about the robotics area in Campus Party. I know some of you will disagree with what I’m saying here, so I’m willing to talk about it with you if you want.
This is a small report made by TVE, the Spanish National TV, in Campus Party Europe where I talk a little bit about robotics.
Check this link for more information.
For the first time ever, Spain has been competing in RoboGames (Formerly known as ROBOlympics). Jesus and I have been representing Spain and SLU under the team name “RoboMadness”. Thanks to people like Bob Allen, Ted Larson, Tony, Simone and David Calkins, we have had an awesome weekend in Silicon Valley… Well, besides spending a great time there, we also got three medals with the three robots that we took with us.
This is how we did in the contest:
From now on, ROBOlympics is a Mandatory event in our agendas, so we will be there next year trying to get even more medals competing in even more categories.
Robot builders, please, keep making your amazing machines… keep imagining the present, keep designing the future.