Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Assemble the official version Elegoo Penguin-Bot Arduino Robot KIT Step 3: Assemble The Legs - Part 2

Few of weeks ago I received another Cool Penguin-Bot Arduino Robot KIT from Elegoo donated for the Visuino development :-).

This is the Final Production Version of the Robot. I already posted videos for the Preproduction version, and now here is the first assembly video of the production version.

I already posted:
Unboxing Video 
Step 1:  Assemble The Feet, and Install the Servos controlling them
Step 2: Assemble The Legs - Part 1

Here is the third Assembly Video - Assemble The Legs - Part21


I am preparing the rest of the Assembly videos and will post them in the following days. I have also mapped the Robot's functionality in Visuino, and plan even improved support in the future.
After that I will try to make some Visuino tutorials for the Robot.

Cheers,
  Boian

#Visuino #Arduino #Elegoo #Robot #PenguinBot

Monday, August 26, 2019

At the "Hackaday LA August Meetup" last week

Last week, I finally had a chance to go to the "Hackaday LA August Meetup" meetup at the Supplyframe DesignLab.
Unfortunately the traffic that day was awful, and it took me over 2 and a half hours to arrive :-( .
I missed the first speaker but had chance to be there for the Sarah Beshir's presentation.

Fortunately there are replays of the presentations and we all can watch them:

Sirina Nabhan - Apollo 11 Inspiration and Innovation

Sarah Beshir - The "What", "Why", and "How" of Model Based Systems Engineering


Here are some pictures I took from the event:

Robots and food at the event :-)

...and avdn Visuino :-)

Tim Trzepacz is making "70s style" wearable synthesizers :-)

Sarah Beshir presenting:

Sarah Beshir presenting:

The audience:

The audience:

Me and Sarah Beshir:


At the entrance they had "Hackaday Prize Boxes" available for the attendees :-)
Here is what was inside:


I hope I will have chance to go to another event, and will have a better luck with the traffic next time, as those events are always great!

Cheers,
  Boian

#Visuino #Arduino #Hackaday

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Visuino support for the ESP32 based M5 Stack core - First Test

After few days of digging through code, schematics, and specifications, I finally have the Visuino support for the ESP32 Basic Core , and made the first test project:


Here is the programmed Core:

I also recorded a first look video and you can see it here:


I am working to add support for the rest of the modules, and will be posting the progress so stay tuned.
I also hope to have a new Visuino release later this week if all goes well... It will include the new modules, a lot of fixes, and new features that I added last week.

Cheer,
  Boian

#Visuino #Arduino #ESP32 #M5Stack


Monday, July 29, 2019

Assemble Pre-Production Elegoo Balancing Arduino Robot KIT Step 2: Assemble the Sensor and Motor Driver Breakout Board

After months of hard work on the new Visuino design, I finally have found time to post the second assembly video of the cool Pre-Production Balancing Arduino Robot KIT that the great people from Elegoo sent me last year.

I already posted :
Unboxing Video
Step 1: Install The Motors and Wheels

And here is the second assembly video: Assemble the Breakout Board - Install the Arduino, the MPU6050 Accelerometer Gyroscope, the Motor Driver, and the Bluetooth LE HC-08 module


I have already added support for the Robot in Visuino, and you can program it any way you want:

I am working to post the rest of the assembly videos and will try to make some Visuino video tutorials on self balancing robots, so stay tuned.

Cheers,
  Boian

#Visuino #Arduino #Elegoo #Robot

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Just received 2 really cool ESP-32 based cores and sensors for them from my good friends at M5Stack for the Visuino development!


Today I received another great surprise!

My good friends at M5Stack sent me one ESP32 Basic Core IoT Development Kit, one M5StickC ESP32-PICO Mini IoT Development Kit, one ENV Unit with Temperature Humidity Pressure Sensor (DHT12+BMP280), one 3-Axis Digital Accelerometer Unit (ADXL345), one ADC I2C Unit (ADS1100), and one Color Sensor RGB Unit (TCS3472).

All this great modules were donated for the Visuino development :-)

Here are some pictures from the unboxing:

All the modules in the box



And the sensors:

As you can see from the pictures the modules are of very fine quality, and I can assure you that they look really great!

I am in the final stages of preparing Visuino for a release after months of work on the new design. There will be a lot of exciting announcements, and surprises in the coming few days, so stay tuned!


As soon as the release is out, I will start work on the newly arrived modules, adding support for them in Visuino, and plan to post videos of the controllers, and some tutorials on how to program them with Visuino.

Cheer,
  Boian

#Visuino #Arduino #ESP32 #M5Stack

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Just released the latest Beta of the new completely redesigned Visuino with Raspberry Pi support!

For the last 6 months I have been working hard on a brand new, revolutionary Visuino design!
The goal was to make Visuino generate better optimized code than even very experienced developer can do after spending weeks of manual optimizations!

For this I had to invent a number of new advanced coding techniques. They are difficult to use when manually writing code, but are perfectly suitable for automatic code generation :-)

The work took long months of writing and rewriting, experimenting different approaches, testing results, and at the end completely rewriting (few times :-( ) all Visuino libraries from scratch, as well as practically all of the code generation algorithms.

As result for moths I was not able to make new posts, videos, tutorials, articles, answer many of my e-mails or social media contacts :-( . I was completely obsessed with the goal of completing this gigantic, and complex task...

The results however were astonishing! In some cases the generated code used more than 90% less RAM! The code size also shrank considerably and executes few times faster!


But I did not stop here. I also significantly enhanced the Visuino graphics, adding many new features, including graphics elements specifically designed to allow you to easily display gauges and clocks. I also added support for Adafruit type proportional fonts.

Many new components were also added, and new features were added to existing components.

I also added support for packet communication of Complex data, Text, and Array.

Number of shields ware added, including PLC-LAB from PLC-Expert.

Finally to top it off, I added support for a number of new controllers, including:

Now the real surprize! In this version I also added experimental support for Raspberry Pi!
Yes from now on Visuino will support not only Arduino and other microcontrollers, but also Raspberry Pi!

Here is a screenshot of the new Raspberry Pi board mapping:


In addition to all this, quite some work went into making the IDE more stable, and easier to use.

The Visuino will continue to be in Beta for another 2 weeks or so and as soon as we all are happy with its quality, I will release the new version officially :-)

Happy Beta Testing everyone!

Cheers,
  Boian

#Visuino #Arduino #RaspberryPi4

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Assemble the official version Elegoo Penguin-Bot Arduino Robot KIT Step 2: Assemble The Legs - Part 1

Few of weeks ago I received another Cool Penguin-Bot Arduino Robot KIT from Elegoo donated for the Visuino development :-).

This is the Final Production Version of the Robot. I already posted videos for the Preproduction version, and now here is the first assembly video of the production version.

I already posted:
Unboxing Video 
Step 1:  Assemble The Feet, and Install the Servos controlling them

Here is the second Assembly Video - Assemble The Legs - Part 1




I am preparing the rest of the Assembly videos and will post them in the following days. I have also mapped the Robot's functionality in Visuino, and plan even improved support in the future.
After that I will try to make some Visuino tutorials for the Robot.

Cheers,
  Boian



#Visuino #Arduino #Elegoo #Robot #PenguinBot

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Assemble Macetech Arduino RGB NeoPixel Shades KIT Step 3: Putting it all Together

Last year I received a cool Macetech Arduino RGB Shades KIT from Jim McKeeth of Embarcadero donated for the Visuino development :-) .

I already posted:
Unboxing Video
Step 1: Assemble The Temples
Step 2: Assembly Video - Assemble The Front Panel

Here is the final assembly video: Putting it All Together




I am preparing the rest of the Assembly videos and will post them in the following days.
I have also already added the RGB Shades support in Visuino, and it is available in the current release :-)

Cheers,
  Boian

#Visuino  #Arduino #Delphi #Macetech




Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Received a cool Mars 3D UV Printer from Elegoo and posted Unboxing Video

Couple of weeks ago my good friends at Elegoo sent me a really cool Mars 3D UV Printer.

Here are the parts included in the set:


And the package:


Unfortunately I was in the middle of a lot of work adding large number of new features to Visuino, and I was not able to post unboxing video at that time.
Now with the latest Visuino release out, I finally had the chance to record, edit, and post the Unboxing Video:



I am brand new to 3D Printing, and now I am learning about it. As it turns out this is probably the very best printer for beginners, and seems to be very easy to setup and use. I plan to post my progress and show you my experience as a complete 3D newbie with this nice printer :-) .
Stay tuned for more videos of the printer and my struggles in the magical world of 3D printing :-)

Cheers,
  Boian

#Elegoo #3DPrinter




Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas everyone! Here is what I have added to Visuino for Christmas! :-)

Merry Christmas everyone! :-)

Here is what I just added to Visuino for Christmas:

Few of weeks ago, the great folks at MakerHawk-US sent me this cool ESP-32F Development Board with 1.44inch TFT LCD Screen KIT for the Visuino development :-)

I have already mapped the board in Visuino and plan to have release with the support in the next few days:


And will start posting tutorials for it soon :-)
Cheer,
  Boian

#Visuino #Arduino #ESP32





Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Assemble the official version Elegoo Penguin-Bot Arduino Robot KIT Step 1: Assemble The Feet, and Install the Servos controlling them

Few of weeks ago I received another Cool Penguin-Bot Arduino Robot KIT from Elegoo donated for the Visuino development :-).

This is the Final Production Version of the Robot. I already posted videos for the Preproduction version, and now here is the first assembly video of the production version.

I already posted Unboxing Video for it, and promised Assembly videos.
Here is the first Assembly Video - Assemble The Feet, and Install the Servos controlling them



I am preparing the rest of the Assembly videos and will post them in the following days. I have also started mapping the Robot's functionality in Visuino, and hope to have improved support in few days.
After that I will try to make some Visuino tutorials for the Robot.

Cheers,
  Boian

#Visuino #Arduino #Elegoo #Robot #PenguinBot

Friday, November 23, 2018

Received cool ESP-32F Development Board with 1.44inch TFT LCD Screen from MakerHawk-US for the Visuino development!


Couple of days ago, the great folks at MakerHawk-US sent me a cool ESP-32F Development Board with 1.44inch TFT LCD Screen KIT for the Visuino development :-)

Here are some pictures:

Comes well packed in a nice box:

The main ESP32 board the display and an USB cable:

The board powered and running the preprogrammed code:

It also includes speaker, and RGB LED on the front and MicroSD on the back:


I am already looking into how to best support the board in Visuino , and hope to have the support available soon and to start posting tutorials :-)
Cheer,
  Boian

#Visuino #Arduino #ESP32



Saturday, November 17, 2018

Pictures from SoCal CodeCamp 2018 last week

Last week, I had the opportunity to present at SoCal CodeCamp in LA again :-)
I had 4 sessions, and it was a busy, and tiring day for me, but I was able to snap some pictures and here they are :-)

Arriving at CodeCamp in the morning:




To the registration:


and the Exhibitors area:


Conveniently, all of my sessions were arranged in a single room:


And continued through the day with only one gap:


The Sunday morning session had as expected fairly small crowd, but by the afternoon the attendance was much better:






And the closing of the event:



This was another fun SoCal CodeCamp event, and I am already looking forward to the next one :-)
In the next 1-2 days, I plan to also post the projects and powerpoint presentations from the sessions, so stay tuned ;-)

Cheers,
  Boian

#CodeCamp

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

My Visuino and Delphi Sessions at SoCal Code Camp in USC, Los Angeles on November 11th

I plan to present 4 Visuino and Delphi sessions at the SoCal Code Camp in USC, Los Angeles on November 11th:



You can see the complete list of sessions here:


If you are in the area, please join the sessions. The Conference is Free!
Please also vote for the session, if you plan to attend, so the organizers can assign room with proper size :-)



Last 3 years, I attended the conference (You can actually see me on the picture above almost right in the center :-D ), and it was a great event!

Even if you are not interested in my sessions, please check out all the great sessions by the rest of the presenters!

Please note that the site seems to be very popular, and sometimes the server is overwhelmed and timeouts. If you get timeout error, please try later again!

#Delphi #OpenWire #Visuino

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Just received new cool Pre Production Balancing Arduino Robot KIT from Elegoo for the Visuino development, and posted Unboxing video :-)

Yesterday I received a brand new Arduino Balancing Robot KIT from Elegoo donated for the Visuino development :-).

Here is Unboxing Video of the robot KIT:



This is a pre production version of the robot KIT and it does not have even manual yet. However, with some help from the friendly Elegoo people, I was able to assemble the robot, and here are some pictures of it.


Here are some pictures of the assembled robot:



It arrived well packed:

In a very nice tightly packed box:



I am working on the Assembly videos, and hope to post them in the following days.
The robot comes with fair number of sensors, RGB LEDs and more and I will be exploring it all in the coming days. Once I am familiar with it, I will see to map the Breakout board as Arduino Shield in Visuino and will start working on programming the robot with Visuino , so stay tuned :-)

Cheers,
  Boian



#Visuino #Arduino #Elegoo #Robot


Saturday, November 03, 2018

Assemble Macetech Arduino RGB NeoPixel Shades KIT Step 2: Assemble The Front Panel

Couple of weeks ago I received a cool Macetech Arduino RGB Shades KIT from Jim McKeeth of Embarcadero donated for the Visuino development :-) .

I already posted:
Unboxing Video
Step 1: Assemble The Temples

Here is the second Assembly Video - Assemble The Front Panel



I am preparing the rest of the Assembly videos and will post them in the following days.
I have also already added the RGB Shades support in Visuino, and it is available in the current release :-)

Cheers,
  Boian

#Visuino  #Arduino #Delphi #Macetech



Sunday, October 28, 2018

Received the official release version of Penguin-Bot Arduino Robot KIT from Elegoo for the Visuino development, and posted Unboxing video :-)

Couple of weeks ago I received another Cool Penguin-Bot Arduino Robot KIT from Elegoo donated for the Visuino development :-).

This is the Final Production Version of the Robot. I already posted videos for the Preproduction Version that I received a while ago, and now I am starting with the Unboxing of the new version.
There are some changes in the design, and I will cover them during the new Assembly videos.
Here is the Unboxing Video of the new version:

I am preparing the Assembly videos for new Robot and will post them in the following days. I have mapped the Robot's functionality in Visuino, and hope to have improved support in few days.

After that I will try to make some Visuino tutorials for the Robot.

Cheers,
  Boian

#Visuino #Arduino #Elegoo #Robot #PenguinBot

Monday, October 22, 2018

Assemble Macetech Arduino RGB NeoPixel Shades KIT Step 1: Assemble The Temples

About a week ago I received a cool Macetech Arduino RGB Shades KIT from Jim McKeeth of Embarcadero donated for the Visuino development :-) .

I already posted Unboxing Video for it, and promised Assembly videos.
Here is the first Assembly Video - Assemble The Temples


I am preparing the rest of the Assembly videos and will post them in the following days.
I have also already added the RGB Shades support in Visuino, and it is available in the current release :-)

Cheers,
  Boian

#Visuino  #Arduino #Delphi #Macetech


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Assemble Pre Production Penguin-Bot Arduino Robot KIT Step 8: Center The Servos

Few weeks ago, the great folks from Elegoo sent me a  Cool new Penguin-Bot Arduino Robot KIT .
The Robot is now available to purchase. The KIT I used in the video was a pre production version.
I have also received the production version, and will post videos for it too :-)

I already posted:

Unboxing Video
Step 1: Assemble The Feet, and Install the Servos controlling them
Step 2: Assemble The Legs
Step 3: Install The Legs
Step 4: Install and Connect the Arduino Control Board
Step 5: Install and Connect the Speakers
Step 6: Install and Connect the Ultrasonic Ranger
Step 7: Finish the Assembly

Here is the 8th Assembly Video - Center The Servos



I am preparing the Assembly videos for the release version of the Robot and will post them in the following days. I have mapped the Robot's functionality in Visuino, and hope to have improved support in few days.


After that I will try to make some Visuino tutorials for the Robot.

Cheers,
  Boian

#Visuino #Arduino #Elegoo #Robot #PenguinBot

Monday, October 15, 2018

My "Video Processing with Delphi Part 7 (Video Capture from Web Cameras, IP Cameras, TV Tuners, Web Streams, Generate, Record, Broadcast, and Receive Video)" article in the Blaise Pascal Magazine is published :-)

And my 7th Video Processing with Delphi is now published in the Blaise Pascal Magazine :-)
In the previous articles I introduced you to many of the cool features of VideoLab, playing filtering and morphing videos. I also showed you how you can create cool video effects and animate them with AnimationLab. I even showed you how you can render InstrumentLab gauges, and clocks inside the video, and how you can render the video in variety of 2D and 3D surfaces.

In this article, I demonstrate how easy it is to capture from variety of devices or online video streams, generate your own video, and how to record or broadcast the captured or generated video.



In the article I used the latest VideoLab features, added recently. They are not available in the official VideoLab, release yet, so if you want to follow the article, you should download and install the latest prerelease that I posted recently here:

You can get the magazine from the Blaise Pascal Magazine website here.

Here are some pages from the article:




Please enjoy :-)
I am already working on the next Article, so stay tuned ;-)
Cheers,
  Boian

#Delphi #OpenWire

Received a cool Macetech Arduino RGB Shades KIT from Jim McKeeth of Embarcadero for the Visuino development, and posted Unboxing video :-)

Last week I received a cool Macetech Arduino RGB Shades KIT from Jim McKeeth of Embarcadero donated for the Visuino development :-).


The kit comes in a nice box:

And here is what's inside:

Here is the unboxing video:

I hope you will enjoy the video :-).
I have already assembled the Shades and plan to start programming it with Visuino :-) . As part of the effort I already added RGB Shades support in Visuino, and it will be available in the next release :-)

The RGB Shades are now available as Arduino Board:

And all the modules are mapped in Visuino:

Jim McKeeth also has a Shades KIT and is planning some really cool Visuino and Delphi projects with the Shades, so make sure you follow him! :-)
I will be posting Assembly videos shortly, so stay tuned!

Cheers,
  Boian



#Visuino  #Arduino #Delphi #Macetech