Monday, November 7, 2011

My Arduino - duplicater shield

This shield plugs on top of my boarduino and allows it to copy its bootloader to the blank atmega chip on the sheild. This makes it extremely easy from me to make new arduinos in seconds with out spending more money on a avr programmer. 

All you have to do is plug the shield on, plug 5volts into the boarduino, then push the button on the shield. the led blinks green a few seconds then stops, if a error occurs then the led will turn red and the buzzer will sound. 

Now if you used the old methods it would take several minutes this only takes 2 seconds.

My Arduino

My Arduino - based on the boArduino. Works perfect.

Ftdi with auto reset, also reset button. power takes 5volts. I also added the led on pin 13 for testing. :)

This is what my FTDI friend looks like plugged into the boArduino.

Thank you Nick from i3Detroit for inspiring me to do something I've never done or even thought was possible.

Handmade desk


This desk Started out as two panels, and 8 boards. I built it because I needed one in Detroit, and the one I wanted cost $200. So I took a paper yard stick and measured every measurement, wrote them on paper then went to lowes to buy the wood. I joined i3Detroit to access a table saw, router, bits, and friends. A month later, I finished it, but I'm back in TN, so.. lol kinda don't need it but its great to have. :) lots of memories.

White Board $100
steel brackets for the underside $20
mahogany stain $10
polyurethane $10
Steel Wool $5
brass drawer knobs $8
I found screws
used old pvc cards for shims

Friday, November 4, 2011

Teensy 2.0 + Parallax RFID reader

Alright when I first started trying to use these together I could not get them to work so here is how for others with the same issue.

This is the Parallax RFID reader that I used.

You have 4 pins,
VCC  - 5volts in
/ENABLE  - tells the reader to search for a tag
SOUT  - sends the tag data on serial out at 2400 buad
GND   - ground..

Alright so directly attaching the sout to the rx on the teensy seems to not work.... no idea why but its doesn't. So if you use a software serial it does, so sout goes to your pin 1 (the tx data in the code isn't important just set it to a pin your not going to use). Then your /ENABLE  goes to pin 2. Then your ground, and power which I hope you know how to deal with them.

So now you need to edit and upload the code below... THE END... happy hacking people.. Stay tuned for my coming up project involving this thing. :)


#include <SoftwareSerial.h>

int val = 0;
char code[10];
int bytesread = 0;

#define rxPin 1
#define txPin 9
// RFID reader SOUT pin connected to Serial RX pin at 2400bps to pin1

void setup()
Serial.begin(2400); // Hardware serial for Monitor 2400bps

pinMode(2,OUTPUT); // Set digital pin 2 as OUTPUT to connect it to the RFID /ENABLE pin
digitalWrite(2, LOW); // Activate the RFID reader

void loop()
SoftwareSerial RFID = SoftwareSerial(rxPin,txPin);

if((val = == 10)
{ // check for header
bytesread = 0;
{ // read 10 digit code
val =;
if((val == 10)||(val == 13))
{ // if header or stop bytes before the 10 digit reading
break; // stop reading
code[bytesread] = val; // add the digit
bytesread++; // ready to read next digit

if(bytesread == 10)
{ // if 10 digit read is complete
Serial.print("TAG code is: "); // possibly a good TAG
Serial.println(code); // print the TAG code
bytesread = 0;
delay(500); // wait for a second