Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Ethernet, LCD's, Keyboards and more

We've been kinda busy.....

Alvin at Hackerspace arranged with SGBotic to promote the courses on their website and the response was kind of fantastic.... and agreeing to it blew my idea of starting an Arduino store right out of the water but to be honest it is quite a relief.

We will still be putting some Arduino stuff together (special kits maybe) - and I am seriously thinking of doing something to jump start the Malaysian Arduino scene but I will not bite the hand that feeds me especially when they are getting me some robot toys to play with....

Since the last post we have had a couple more intro courses which were really well attended and the long awaited "Communicating with the Arduino".

In "Communicating with the Arduino", the second of our intermediate classes, we left our students to make some of the decisions - e.g. pin assignments. As expected, some guys, made the same mistakes that I did (and others) which was an excellent opportunity to teach more debugging techniques as well as some underlying principles.

And then - really cool - I was asked to give a talk to IOS Dev Scout about using the Arduino with the iPhone. This meant it was time to start preparing our new intermediate class which I had been thinking about for sometime about "Arduinos on the net"

I presented an Arduino acting as an HTTP server, a TELNET server and a custom protocol server. In the last case I made the Arduino emulate a Cytech Comfort Home Automation System  and control it with the IOS App that I wrote for Cytech last year.

Finally we logged into the Cytech demonstration system (a Dolls House in their office in UBI with loads of lights) and arbitrarily turned lights on and off while watching it on a live webcam feed.

So keep tuned - we will try to present this course on a Saturday afternoon in the next month.

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