Combining serial stream bytes/nibbles to make a number.

I thought I’d drop this here for someone who needed a copy-paste solution. I am parsing a serial string output from a YDLIDAR X4 rotating lidar. I have to do this because the library sucks. a lot. I mean I’m not over my heels with the unit anyhow, first off who the hell outputs at…

iButtonLink / DS18B20 Arduino Datalogger

What a groaner.. who needs another datalogger? Well I do, so stuff it. I was inspired to check out these iButtonLink devices that allow you to daisy-chain connect a number of devices in a single circuit of sorts with RJ45 patch cables. I had seen these a couple years ago in some top-notch datacenters that…

Re-Post: iButtonLink T-Sense 1-wire sensor (Maxim DS18B20) + PIC 18F14K22

Using a PIC Microcontroller to pull temperature of iButtonLink T-sense sensor. I pulled this off the wayback machine because I lost this post in the great database loss of how ever many years ago. I’m re-posting because I’m working on an expanded version of this with an Arduino dev board and wanted a reminder of…

eBay Mini-vacuum Pump

Quick version: Hey this little thing works and seems practical for robotics, specifically the Pop Can Challenge. I had to add “mini” to the title of this post, calling this a vacuum pump seems odd when you’ve played around with big pumps. Which leads me to make a mental note to share some information my…

ESP32 Boot Camp

… for me. I got a rando e-mail offering me “free parts” and I usually don’t even bother opening the e-mail. It’s ALWAYS garbage right? Well, maybe I hadn’t slept well the night before but I opened it. (psss. You can scroll down about a page before I actually get anywhere in this post…) What…

MODbus/RTU on a PIC Microcontroller

By request one of my long lost blogs was a MODbus RTU application for a PIC 18F27J53. You could easily plop this onto many of the 18F series micros. It doesn’t do much but it’s a great stepping stone for throwing in your own IO. I’ll probably follow up with an Arduino version in a…

WWVB signal generated from GPS

I sat at the bench this morning waiting for the inspiration to continue on with a project I’m working on with Francesco; I gave in to procrastination. I wrote some¬†assembler code to generate WWVB signal from a PIC a few months ago, remember? That stirred some interest from overseas folks looking for a way for…

GPS on the PIC 18F26K22

I was asked to create a box that notified by LED if you were too far off a N/S or E/W course. I failed, I doubted the specified GPS accuracy/drift as my Garmin seems to stay pretty steady.. perhaps that’s some integration in the processing? I started with one of the 18F26K22 TAUTIC development boards…

Project: GPS2 Click with the PIC Clicker

I’m working on a GPS-based WWVB simulator and I’m pretty close to finished. I wanted to share up to the point where I add on the WWVB circuits and have it stripped down to just the PIC development board and GPS module. This is on a Mikrelektronika PIC Clicker 18F47J53 development board and a QUECTEL…

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