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LaunchPad

Following a black line on white carpet.
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SiLi LiLa BOT (Simple Little Line-following Launchpad Robot)  My aim was to build a cheap and simple line-following robot for beginners. Read more

Need to find code for msp430 launchpad

this is my fisrt time using launchpad but I've used others microcontrollers before as pic16, pic18, or arduino.

I'm trying to read data from an ultrasonic sensor ping parallax and see it on the computer using USB and also I want to send it using SPI to a transceiver nordic nrf24l01 and in the other transceiver I allready got an arduino.

The full project is a quadcopter that read the distance when it is close to the ground and also I want to use automatic control to keep it in an specific distance no mather what, thanks for the help.

RC lawnmower for cut the grass from my android phone !
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Hi everybody, First i present myself, so i am a 19 years old boy from france, i am actually studing at the university in tours ! I like technologics hackings and i … Read more
Allows you to save data to off chip memory location as well as record rtc data.
This is a early LP shield that was actualy meant to have other features, but due to time constraints and wanting to get something to test with, I had to cut out a … Read more
Provides a 16 port IO device for the chip.
A note on the cost and time estimates. Time = time to draw out the schematic, do the layout and then populate the board. It's also the little things that seem to be … Read more

Capacitive touch board for TI Launchpad MSP430

http://e2e.ti.com/group/msp430launchpad/b/boosterpacks/archive/2011/04/17/430boost_2d00_sense1.aspx

Just a note that this is a pretty sweet device and worth it for the price. Hell, the launchpad alone is worth the price considering it's utiility and fun aspect. I picked up two of these and just played around with the default app, when I have more time, hoping to make it useful and do stuff(control motor speed or something like that.)

 

LaunchPadding - A Robot Pad for the LaunchPad

I am going to use this forum post to collect my thought on building a robot shield for the TI LaunchPad. Comment and suggestions are much appreciated.

Description

Rather than use the Arduino term 'shield', I'm going to try to coin a term and call adding a board to the LaunchPad "padding". So this is my Robot Pad for the LaunchPad. The Robot Pad will provide flexible options for powering motors, servos, sensors, etc.

Planned Features

Power

LaunchPad Breadboard Shield link

I found some interesting MSP430 projects on the simpleavr.com website, including this LaunchPad Shield. It is just a breadboard for prototyping, but I thought it was pretty neatly done. I may create a variation.

There are a couple of other projects posted as well, with the promise of more to come.

Also, this person works exclusively in Linux, so if you are a Linux user looking for help on the MSP430, you may want to check out this site.

Power for the TI LaunchPad

 

Power for the TI LaunchPad can be supplied via the USB connector. The USB power is +5V. Apparently the onboard FTDI chip converts the 5V to 3.3V for the MSP430 microprocessor. The micro power is 1.8 to 3.6V.

I'm planning a home-made shield for the LaunchPad, and I will need more than just the 3.3V for motors, servos, sensors, etc. The 3.3V from the FTDI is very current limited anyway.

LaunchPad Impressions

It's nice to see that more people have started to get their LaunchPads.  I've managed to log a few hours now and thought I'd share some of my impressions thus far.

New Forum for TI Launchpad fans (or haters)

Hi everyone. Are your LaunchPads finally arriving? Ironic isn't it? 

Need a place to talk about it, away from all that Arduino violence and Picaxe brown nosing? Well, here you go. You found it.

Be kind to future readers: tag your posts! Don't forget: commas seperate multiple tags, tags can include spaces. There already is a good tag for the LaunchPad (mind the capitals).

TI LaunchPad External Crystal

Today I decided to solder the external 32 MHz kHz crystal supplied with the LaunchPad. I quickly discovered that the LaunchPad board itself has both SMD and through hole solder pads, but the supplied crystal is surface mount. I'd never soldered surface mount before, and there are no instructions anywhere I can find on soldering this crystal to the board.

LaunchPad: Which Dev Environment?

So now that I have a TI LaunchPad, one of the first choices I need to make is which develoment debugger/compiler to work with. I'm totally new to debuggers and compilers, so I'm asking for your opinions.

The LaunchPad works with Code Composer Studio Version 4 and IAR Embedded Workbench Kickstart.

Here's what I'm starting from:

TI LaunchPad

I picked up in this thread that TI has entered the hobbyist microprocesser market populated by Arduino, Picaxe, Basic Stamp, etc.

At $4.30 US including shipping, they have definitely priced this development kit to sell. It looks like an interesting system, and I couldn't beat the price, so I ordered one. I understand demand is quite high, so I don't know when it will arrive.

I figured that this new entry to the market deserved its own forum topic.