…he’s been part of the family for just over a year now 🙂
We have an up and coming Raspberry Pi event for the the South West Makers, it's going to be a fairly casual get-together, but will be RPi orientated for those wanting to get their feet wet on the RPi, and also a chance to show off and chat about other projects you have on the … Continue reading RaspberryPi Event – SWMakers Bunbury
As I mentioned in my last post that just before I lost my mojo I ended up completing my build of 10 Rallylogs and testing at a live event.As these were handheld devices I decided to add a wrist strap to stop things from getting dropped and damaged at the checkpoints, especially as it can … Continue reading Rallylog (post) Update #1 – Adding a wrist strap to the SparkFun Case
I thought I’d just fill you all in with what’s been happening the last couple of years, some bad, but a lot of awesomeness. Yes I’ve been a bad boy for not updating the blog so heres the real reason why….. The bad - A very sad and messy divorce where I lost my mojo … Continue reading The Good, the Bad and the just plain AWESOME!!!
Well I must apologise for the lack of content over the last 18 months, a lot has happened in my life personally and through all this I did loose my geek mojo. Well I’m happy to say my mojo has returned and so I’m back on board !!!! So expect the BLOG to be updated … Continue reading I’m Back !!!!
In my previous post I described the design process I went through in selecting the right components from my Rallylog that would fit into the Sparkfun Project Case, all while mounted on a PCB. What follows is the process of getting the actual case machined with my Zenbot CNC machine. How am I going to … Continue reading Putting the Project into an Enclosure; Part 2 Machining the Case
For the open Hardware Rallylog device I’ve been working on, I’d based my design around fitting into the handy Sparkfun Project Case and since most of my projects never get to the “enclosure” stage, they are either used bare PCB or thrown into anything that may provide some protection against the elements, such as the … Continue reading Putting the Project into an Enclosure – Part 1
While testing the serial functions I had issues as mentioned in the previous post where the AVR <-> FTDI seemed not to be working. Initially I thought it was a hardware problem due to a hidden solder bridge or such, further testing on the ASCII example sketch revealed that something was being sent, albeit garbage, … Continue reading #Rallylog Fusebits
It’s been long overdue but as you can see the site is getting a makeover. I’m also doing some long overdue housekeeping with the pages, categories and tags. There may be some 404 page errors, I am monitoring and fixing these as I come across them, however if you’re having any problems please contact me. … Continue reading Site Housekeeping
Over the last couple of nights I’ve been verifying the respective individual circuits of Rallylog before I get down to developing the application. Test Results so far: 3.3 V PASS 5V Enable PASS RFID FAIL (Fixed) LCD PASS LCD Back Light PASS RTC TODO SD Card FAIL (Fixed) SD Card Detect PASS Buttons PASS LEDS … Continue reading RallyLog Testing Progress
Last Friday I received my second revision of PCBs. As mentioned in one of my previous posts I majorly stuffed up on my LCD footprint along with some additional board changes including the larger 3V regulator and the 5V regulator PCB. I’m very happy with my switch to Kicad also with it’s resulting PCB below. … Continue reading Rallylog Assembly Progress
My latest toy acquisition arrived in the post today, it’s a small usb microscope from Deal Extreme - http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.35636. I purchased this so I could do my PCB inspections alot easier. Some of it’s specs: max resolution of 1600*1200 (these ones below were taken at VGA resolution - 640x480) Manual zoom levels x25 – … Continue reading New Tool for PCB inspections
As mentioned in my last post, Rallylog is a new open Hardware project it also uses Kicad as the EDA. Well late last week my prototype boards arrived from Gold Phoenix and very happy with the results, well sort of….. Testing When I receive a new design, one of the first things I do before … Continue reading Rallylog PCB Boards REVA
It has certainly been a while between posts, but I thought I write a few things about my conversion to Kicad as my EDA of choice. Most All of my projects in the past I’ve use Eagle PCB, as it certainly has been the EDA of choice in the open hardware community. However it was … Continue reading My Move to Kicad
New boot loaders for the WidgetBoards have been uploaded to both SVN and to the downloads area. The fuse settings have also been updated in the documentation. I’ve also integrated the Atmega328P version of the WidgetBoard into the Arduino development environment so please update your boards.txt with the one from SVN.