Day 1 with the 4D Systems Intelligent LCD: Fail.

First off, I can point fingers, you can point fingers, who cares.. the fact is I’m pretty underwhelmed by my first day with the “Intelligent LCD”. I purchased the 4D Systems uLCD-43PCT LCD based on a SparkFun YouTube video describing how to use the product and associated software.This product is “intelligent” because it has it’s…

Weller WD1001 and other updates

I’ll get the “other” updates out-of-the-way before talking about my new love! I’ve collected a solid number of PIC development boards over the last couple years and in about 3-4 weeks I’m going to do a review over what I have collected and what I’ve liked and disliked about them. Do you have any suggestions…

Project Update: Spunk The Annoying Robot

The last robot I built was a Roomba Sumo Robot (Talos) for a small competition with co-workers. While collecting parts for this little eBay robot platform I got for somewhere in the neighborhood of 15$USD, I grabbed my Pololu motor controller and remember that I wrote that whole Sumo robot in ASM; that was a…

Checkout: @tymkrs MIDI In Me + PIC18F14K22

I don’t want anyone thinking they’re going to see a bunch of music related items on the blog because I’m really no good at such things. My brother on the other hand is very talented and we recently decided he needed some more MIDI toys. A lot of his music is already created with the…

A note on conformal coating

In 1992 I was in high school going to a magnet school half-time for electronics. During the school year we had a regional electronics competition across the valley with all the school electronics programs in area. I don’t remember every bit of the competition; but as you can imagine there was theory, circuit analysis, math,…

Project: Si4707 Weather Radio

I purchased a Silicon Labs Si4707 weather band radio break out board (BOB) from Sparkfun a couple of months ago and finally did something with it. The Si4707 has a SAME ( Specific Area Message Encoding ) processor that allows alerting for only for a certain kinds of warnings. The weather band radio board receives…

I2C with the 16F1509 and TCN75A

What are you looking at? More code. Joy! I know I’ve been doing a lot of these code tidbits lately but it’s what has been driving me to sit at the bench. This is my first I2C project.. I pulled heavily from many sources of snippets, documentation and projects; microchip forums (*some of it wrong*),…

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