Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hackaday LA May Meetup Last Thursday - Wheels, Wings, and Walkers

Last Tuesday, I attended the Hackaday LA June Meetup - Wheels, Wings, and Walkers organized by Dan and Shulie from Supplyframe DesignLab. It was another great event with 3 very good presentations:

  • The Robodox Team - presenting their cool robots
  • Sabri Sansoy - Artificial Intelligence Today
  • Garrett Scott - Designing with Flexibility

Indeed there were a lot of Robots (Wheels, Wings and Walkers), AI and Microcontrollers :-)
Here are some pictures from the event:

The gathering crowd:



The showoff area with plenty of cool stuff:

Including my Visuino programmed robots:

A cool walking robot:


Visuino showing the Advanced Obstacle Avoidance Robot design:


And Actuator controlled Wings :


Some of the robots of the "The Robodox Team":



Shulie opening the event:

And passing the microphone to Dan:

The Robodox Team presenting their robots:



Sabri Sansoy - Artificial Intelligence Today:

Garrett Scott - Designing with Flexibility:

Ane be at the event:
    


Here showing Shulie how to control one of my robots with Bluetooth from Android phone:

  
  

And finally time to bring the robots home:

Thank you Dan and Shulie for this really fantastic event!
Looking forward to more great Hackaday events organized by Dan and Shulie :-)



Friday, June 23, 2017

Assemble Elegoo Smart Car Robot KIT 2.0 Step 12: Start Connecting The Cables

Few of months ago the great folks at Elegoo sent me a beautiful Robot Kit Version 1.0.
I already posted Assembly Instructions, and some tutorials on programming it.
Since then Elegoo introduced a newer and simpler to assemble 2.0 version, and the Elegoo folks just sent me this really beautiful Smart Car Robot KIT Version 2.0 donated for the Visuino development.

I already posted:

Unboxing video
Step 1: Assembling the Motors.
Step 2: Installing the Motors on the Chassis
Step 3: Installing the Motor Driver Board
Step 4: Installing the Line Following Sensors
Step 5: Installing the Arduino Board and the Sensors Shield
Step 6: Installing  the Infrared Remote Receiver Module

Step 7: Installing the Battery Box on the Chassis
Step 8: Installing the Servo turning the Ultrasonic Ranger
Step 9: Assemble the Ultrasonic Ranger
Step 10: Installing the Ultrasonic Ranger on the Servo
Step 11: Installing the Standoffs/Spacers on the Chassis

I am preparing the rest of the Assembly videos and will post them in the following days. I have also already mapped the Robot's Shield functionality in Visuino, and I have done few projects with it :-) . Even had a chance to show it programmed for Bluetooth control yesterday at the Hackaday event in Pasadena.
Hopefully soon I will try to make some Visuino tutorials for the Robot.

Cheers,
  Boian

#Visuino #Arduino #Elegoo

Just received my chpKIT (Arduino compatible PIC) boards, and excited to add Visuino support for them

The last few days have been very exciting, for sure! While I was working around the clock to finish the LabPacks updates, I received quite a few great surprises for the Visuino development.
Few days ago I received the IOLinker FPGA modules, and posted about them. Then couple of days later I got another surprise. A full set of chipKIT modules for the upcoming chipKIT support in Visuino, thanks to Guy McCarthy :







I have been very excited about chipKIT support ever since I met Jacob Christ from Pontech at one of the great Hackaday eventschipKIT allows you to program Microchip PIC controllers with the Arduino IDE, and since I love the PIC controllers, I installed the Arduino IDE support for it as soon as I got home from the event. Without real hardware, I simply tested to compile few projects, but now with the new boards, I can start working on the Visuino support :-)

#Visuino #Arduino

Thursday, June 22, 2017

New version of the .NET Mitov Software components including Communication, ControlLab, and MegaLab with initial Visual Studio 2017 support

Dear Microsoft.NET Developers,

I have just updated the .NET versions of the Mitov Software Libraries :-) .
This version has initial support for Visual Studio 2017! The components for now need to be manually installed in the toolbar, due to changes in the way VS2017 toolbar is controlled, but I hope to have solution for this soon.
Added is also installers for the new CommunicationLabControlLab, and a combined MegaLab installer!




This version should also have the practically completely updated documentation, as I am preparing it for official release soon.

Cheers,
  Boian

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Received my "iolinker" FPGA boards for flexible Arduino microcontroller I/O, and about to start the Visuino support work on them

Couple of months ago, Julian von Mendel started his IOLinker project on Kickstarter - "iolinker FPGA boards: Rewire and extend microcontroller IOs".
The project was really cool, offering flexible FPGA IO configuration for Arduino boards. He also contacted me, and we decided that it will be really cool if the modules can be programmed with Visuino.
The campaign was a success, and few days ago I received my IOLinker boards, and now I can start working on programming them with Visuino :-)




For the last 2 weeks, I have been mainly busy with the work on the upcoming release of all of my libraries - www.mitov.com,  however this work is nearly complete, and I am getting back to Visuino work, so the coming days will be really exciting :-) .

#Visuino #Arduino

Monday, June 19, 2017

Assemble Elegoo Smart Car Robot KIT 2.0 Step 11: Installing the Standoffs/Spacers on the Chassis

Couple of months ago the great folks at Elegoo sent me a beautiful Robot Kit Version 1.0.
I already posted Assembly Instructions, and some tutorials on programming it.
Since then Elegoo introduced a newer and simpler to assemble 2.0 version, and the Elegoo folks just sent me this really beautiful Smart Car Robot KIT Version 2.0 donated for the Visuino development.

I already posted:

Unboxing video
Step 1: Assembling the Motors.
Step 2: Installing the Motors on the Chassis
Step 3: Installing the Motor Driver Board
Step 4: Installing the Line Following Sensors
Step 5: Installing the Arduino Board and the Sensors Shield
Step 6: Installing  the Infrared Remote Receiver Module

Step 7: Installing the Battery Box on the Chassis
Step 8: Installing the Servo turning the Ultrasonic Ranger
Step 9: Assemble the Ultrasonic Ranger
Step 10: Installing the Ultrasonic Ranger on the Servo

Here is the 11th Assembly Video - Installing the Standoffs/Spacers on the Chassis:





I am preparing the rest of the Assembly videos and will post them in the following days. I have also already mapped the Robot's Shield functionality in Visuino.
Hopefully soon I will try to make some Visuino tutorials for the Robot.

Cheers,
  Boian

#Visuino #Arduino #Elegoo

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My "Introduction to Video Processing with Delphi" article in the Blaise Pascal Magazine is published :-)

In the latest Blaise Pascal Magazine, I wrote my first article on Video Processing with Delphi.

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:
http://labpacks.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-first-delphi-102-tokyo-compatible.html

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



Please enjoy :-)
I am already working on the next Article, so stay tuned ;-)
#Delphi #OpenWire

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Updated version of the Visual C++ Mitov Software components with Visual Studio 2015, and 64 bit support

Hello Die Hard Visual C++ Developers,

I have just updated the Visual C++ versions of the Mitov Software Libraries :-) .




The latest files are available here:

http://labpacks.blogspot.com/2017/06/new-version-of-visual-c-mitov-software.html

This version supports Visual Studio 2005 and higher including Visual Studio 2015!
The installers also include 64 bit support but it is not fully tested yet.
I hope to post more updates soon, including VC++ port of the rest of the libraries, so stay tuned ;-)

Cheers,
  Boian

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Assemble Elegoo Smart Car Robot KIT 2.0 Step 10: Install the Ultrasonic Ranger on the Servo

Couple of months ago the great folks at Elegoo sent me a beautiful Robot Kit Version 1.0.
I already posted Assembly Instructions, and some tutorials on programming it.
Since then Elegoo introduced a newer and simpler to assemble 2.0 version, and the Elegoo folks just sent me this really beautiful Smart Car Robot KIT Version 2.0 donated for the Visuino development.

I already posted:

Unboxing video
Step 1: Assembling the Motors.
Step 2: Installing the Motors on the Chassis
Step 3: Installing the Motor Driver Board
Step 4: Installing the Line Following Sensors
Step 5: Installing the Arduino Board and the Sensors Shield
Step 6: Installing  the Infrared Remote Receiver Module

Step 7: Installing the Battery Box on the Chassis
Step 8: Installing the Servo turning the Ultrasonic Ranger
Step 9: Assemble the Ultrasonic Ranger

Here is the 10th Assembly Video - Installing the Ultrasonic Ranger on the Servo:





I am preparing the rest of the Assembly videos and will post them in the following days. I have also already mapped the Robot's Shield functionality in Visuino.
Hopefully soon I will try to make some Visuino tutorials for the Robot.

Cheers,
  Boian

#Visuino #Arduino #Elegoo