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Posted: 2011-05-03 16:35 
We are working on a propeller board with the same footprint as the Bot Board and SSC-32. It's still in prototype but I did want to mention it is coming. :)

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Posted: 2011-05-03 16:40 
Woot...woot...

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Posted: 2011-05-03 21:51 
NICE! Could you spare a few more details about the board? :lol:


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Posted: 2011-05-03 23:01 
Looks very interesting and cool! Hope to see some prototype pics soon! :D

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Posted: 2011-05-04 11:34 
I have five of the prototype boards here. I'm buying the components to build them now. Will show progress as it happens. :D

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Posted: 2011-05-04 14:09 
I'm looking forward to seeing what you've got. Most of the work I've done recently with robots has involved the Propeller.


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Posted: 2011-05-04 20:37 
Robot Dude wrote:
I have five of the prototype boards here. I'm buying the components to build them now. Will show progress as it happens. :D
Sounds great, would love to try one out after it is built and see how it works :D.

As I had some fun converting the Phoenix code from Basic to Spin, I have been in on the conversations about this board. From these conversations I know the board should have most if not all (or more) of the capabilities of the BB2 with a Bap28. I believe it will have the following capabilities:

a) Standard BB2+ stuff like communications using USB, SMT version of the propeller, 64K of EEPROM (32K to hold programs, 32K for user). Like the BB2 it has 3 user buttons and LEDS and a speaker.

b) Something like 20-24 digital IO pins with 3 pin servo headers, like the BB2 are setup in 4 pin groups where you can choose the voltages of VServo or +5v to be supplied to the power pins. There are voltage level shifter chips installed that will allow the IO pins to input and output at +5v. On one group of 4 pins the user can choose +3.3v instead of +5v, which should allow us to plug in an XBee or the like without having to deal with the conversion up to +5v and then back down to 3.3v.

c) 8 Analog IOs with 3 pin headers. I believe the power to these is +5v. As many of you know the Propeller itself does not have AtoD capabilities, so an MCP3208 chip was added to gain this functionality.

That is all that I remember. Can not wait to try it out!

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Posted: 2011-06-12 14:49 
Now, THIS is something very interesting.. I've looked at the Propeller, and actually have one around here somewhere, but it was never truly ready for robotics. Would love to try one of these on W.A.L.T.E.R. I need that concurrency to really make him work the way I want. Could be a great platform for things like Subsumption, etc.

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Posted: 2011-06-13 10:38 
The Propeller prototype board has been sent for assembly. I will post images when they are complete.

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Posted: 2011-06-15 13:37 
:)

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Posted: 2011-06-16 09:16 
Wow. This is like putting a blown v8 in a yaris. Sounds really exciting! Looking forward to some sneek peaks.

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Posted: 2011-06-16 09:18 
Robot Dude:

Do you have any pictures, sketches ?

I guess not if you aint post anything.. lol

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Posted: 2011-06-16 10:08 
The boards are being assembled tomorrow. ;)

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Posted: 2011-06-16 21:57 
I was looking at Arduino based paltform on RobotShop and found that board ..
http://www.robotshop.com/ca/basicatom-mad-hatter-microcontroller-board.html

So... if i am wright. If LynxMotion do a shield that is compatible with Arduino... People who want to keep "BasicMicro" programming will have that option ?

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Posted: 2011-06-16 22:25 
DiaLFonZo wrote:
I was looking at Arduino based platform on RobotShop and found that board ..
http://www.robotshop.com/ca/basicatom-mad-hatter-microcontroller-board.html
So... if i am wright. If LynxMotion do a shield that is compatible with Arduino... People who want to keep "BasicMicro" programming will have that option ?

As I understand it Lynxmotion is working on an Arduino board, probably based on the Atmega328 like the UNO. In addition to this they are working on a shield for the shield for the Seeeduino Mega. As the Seeeduino Mega and the Basic Micro Mad Hatter board are using the standard Arduino Shield header layouts, my guess is that you might be able to plug the new shield into the Mad Hatter, unless it relies on any of the signals that is in the ISP header which Basic Micro did not provide.

However the Mad Hatter does not provide any of the additional functionality of the Seeeduino Mega, like 4 UARTS, 16 Analog pins, 70 Digital pins, if the shield worked plugged into the Hatter it's extra functionality would be limited. My guess is if you were looking to continue to use BM Basic, you might be better off with an ARC32 or the like, but that is just a guess. It will be interesting to see these new boards!

Kurt


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