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Yet another PWM Picaxe question

I am programming my Mr Basic with Mr Basic moron driver. I use a Picaxe 28x1. It is a very basic setup indeed, with a small servo carrying a sharp IR distance sensor.

After reading many pages of manuals and LMR and example code of other victims, I ran into a wall. It's the dreaded "PWM and servopos don't mix" wall on picaxes.

Super Capacitor in solar power supply - a few queries

I intend to build a remote 'weather station'

The station will:

  • Be completley independant of any external power, ie, it will produce its own power via solar cell(s)
  • Measure temperature only
  • Transmit its finding over an RF link to an indoors reciever

Instead of using a rechargeable battery supply with charger circuit, i have decided to use a 35F, 2.7V super capacitor to smooth and store power.

Navigates around via ultrasound without falling using LED and LDR, Follows lines.
Using a
This is my first homemade robot. It is inspired on the Start Here Robot and Amanda LDR. Changes: Read more
Lights up when it becomes dark and lets you get in bed without breaking your feet or furniture in the bedroom :D
This is my little LightBox, a night light. Basically what it does: When you switch off lights, it lights up for a minute for you to reach your bed without accidents … Read more
Has the potential to be a slave-master to any of my projects.
Using a
This remote represents my journey from knowing absolutley nothing about RF communications, to a little bit. Built from scratch, the remote runs off a PICAXE 28X2 … Read more

Looking for Feedback on PICaxe Platform Module

I've been working a PICaxe platform module.  I did a V1 a few months ago, and recently re-did it.  Here's a prototype of V2;

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I've used the same power stage as the Propeller Platform sD - it's 5v @ 1.5A and 3.3v @1.5A with an extremely low dropout of 100mV.  Standard power and programming jack, and it has power indicator lights.

I need to make a few changes, so I thought I'd get additional feedback.

Hi guys (and girls) I need some help here. I’m trying to make a beads sorter for my kids, but my funnel approach is not working. Read more

SolderJunkie Construction

2010.03.14

Hi, I have started work on project named SolderJunkie. I want it to be a motorized solder fume extractor. He is going to use a Picaxe 28x1 as his brain, DAGU IR compound eye, few servos and CPU cooler for parts. I only started construction of mechanics, so far. Here is his first pic:

SolderJunkie01.jpg

From Picaxe to Arduino

When I joined LMR I had just written my first picaxe program. After 16 months I have finally crossed over to Arduino. The biggest problem I found was that all the commands were not in one neat package like the picaxe manuals (Manual 2 in particular).

Obstacle avoider. Other behaviours planned.
Using a
Early March - GREAT PROGRESS - Giving it a brain, and a problem solved. I've built the brain-board with its 20x2, pluggged everything together and IT'S ALIVE! - … Read more
Simulates firefly synchronization
First off all, apologies for the lack of video. Read more
I had some RGB LEDs lying around and decided to make a night light for my kids. Read more
If you are running out of input/output pins of your Picaxe here's something that might help you: Picaxe's configurable input/output pins can be used in three … Read more

Can these displays be controlled by a Picaxe?


I found these 2 displays in an old cd/casete/radio combo and was wondering if they were worth keeping, 
and if they could be controlled using a Picaxe.
I know that a picaxe can control a display buy using a serial interface but these ones dont have that,
they have about 30 pins, not including the ones for the back lite. 
 
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SF order on it's way[shipped!]

Since it's been a while since anyone has posted on this forum, just thought I'd post something.

Finally put my order in thats been in the cart on that fateful freeday. added a couple extra things to it as well since I have a mini project going.

Opted to get the polulu trex motor driver as well since my hbridge attempt has yet to work(though I haven't tried to trouble shoot it for a while) .

Got a couple of 20x2's to see what they are like and since they had some sweet hw access. Grabbed a couple of atmel 2313's since they have built in uarts.  

Going to build a YDM!

'Going to build a YDM'

Bit ambitious as a first project, but I have 'some' background in programing.

Right now I am a student at University of Idaho. I am taking C++ and attend the ACM meetings. ACM is a group on campus that does programing challenges and is now dabling in robotics. They recently got an Arduino board, and it is my understanding that it uses C++.

This will be my first robot, except for a semester in high school where I programed a robot to navigate a maze using only a sequence of commands.

Motor drivers?

Does anyone know of high current ( 2.5 Amps per motor) motor drivers which are compatible with Picaxe AND PWM? I need to drive 2 motors.

let my robot be heard

Hi can anyone help on this....

I am trying to make some noises for my robot (in progress) via a picaxe 28x2 sound commands. I first bought a small piezo but it was way to quiet so i bought a bigger one, about 60mm D which i thought the sound would have been louder but it isn’t.

Drives around, bumps into things, plays beats, backs up and moves on.
Using a
Most Recent Update: Uploaded new code (v1.9) that introduces some 'shuffle' to Blind Lemon's beats. Thanks for the tip, Frits! Intro  Blind Lemon is now a … Read more

Slightly more advanced LDR eye

Read this history first, if you have an hour to kill.

The challenge: make your bot rove around your house. Use no active beacons. Use observations by your bot only. Now, does your bot know where it is?

One possible answer: an eye and a brain.

Room Recognition

Each room in the house has a unique lighting situation. A simple eye that looks around in eight directions would "see" a pattern of light and dark segments. Each cell is connected to one ADC on your uC.

AXE 045 RGB sensor

HI,

 Does anyone around here have any experience with the AXE045 RGB-sensor from Picaxe? I connected it to my Picaxe 28X1 microcontroller and I am only able to get readings from about max 40 for red and blue, green only gets to one or, if I shine directly into the lens with a flashlight, up to 9.

 Any help?

 

Greetz,

MG2R

Motor Controller Board

Well I've almost had 3 weeks offline and got a ton of thinking done.  The physical design is basically the same, going to use a PicAxe 14M to control four DC motors with two L293Ds. The picaxe will be optically isolated from the arduino, so if the motors, an IC or a wire shorts out and decides it doesn't want to go alone that it doesn't have the arduino as an option as a buddy in IC heaven or hell.

Mac OS X and PICAXE USB Cable

I have tried to get the USB cable that came with the PICAXE 28X1 to work on my MBP (OS X), without any luck.  I have tried finding advice online, reviewed the manual to no avail...

I loaded the AXE027 driver (as suggested in the manual) and then I went to System Preferences > Network and attempted to connect but I get the following error:

Could not negotiate connection with PPP server.  Please verify your settings and try again.

A question about hooking up 2 LDRs to 1 picaxe input.

Hey everybody. I am a long time lurker on this site and I would like to thank you all for all the valuable information here. I have built a start here bot and a few more complex things of my own. Now I am trying to build a very small sized robot with a picaxe 08m.

I am a beginner in electronics. I know how to hook up a LDR and read the input, but I would like to know if there is a possibilty to hook up 2 to 1 input. The problem is I am short 1 input on my robot and all the other picaxe pins are in use. The 2 ldrs would be used as left and right eyes in a sense.

Inhabits my fridge's door.
Using a
Meet my robotic fridge magnet! :)     Once upon a time I was getting into my fridge for another bottle of beer, and after closing the door, my eyes stopped at … Read more
Roams around until it runs into something. Then it gets scared and tried to blend in.
Using a
I was hoping to finish this robot in time for the Mr Basic DAGU II competition, but I doubt I will have it done in the next 24 hours. Here is what I have so far! Read more

What microcontroller should i use?

Am planning on building a robot that  would have the abilitty to navigate , avoid obstacles and collect some items.

What chip should i use?

Whats the difference between pic and picAxE?

 

thanks in advance :) 

RC power for my picaxe

I'm using RC ESC's to drive the motors in my current robot project. These speed controllers has a built in power regulator (called a BEC) that is meant to power your RC receiver. I've measured and the voltage produced is a steady 5.03 Volts.

Can any of you think of a reason why I couldn't or shouldn't use this as power source for my Picaxe 28x1 ? 

 

Can't seem to insert hyperlinks with Opera browser on my old iMac, so here are a link if you wanna read more about RC ESCs or BECs

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_speed_controller