Got myself a micro:bit :)

Written by  on March 12, 2018

After gaining some experience with the Calliope mini I was eager to have look over the edge of the plate and found the Sino:bit with an even bigger matrix of 144 LED. BUT: there is still the humble predecessor, the BBC micro:bit. A very original and clever project to get ALL children at school started. At a price of around 17€ what can go wrong? Give ten children one for free and even if just one turns into a programmer/software-developer (or just gains a bit insight how their favorite electronic gadgets work), then it was worth but. But what do I say as german citizen. Hello Flugtaxi :’|
I plan to get my feet into the cold and muddy waters of robotics. Of course, assembling the :move mini with the bulldozer add-on will be nothing great, but I’ve craved to find out how to control a servo and how to put some life into the boring aspects of programming. Just kidding. But blinking LED and measuring values is nice, but … I want to build my own cat-feeder. Or at least something which moves and blinks to keep them a bit attracted.
And: the micro:bit and Calliope mini feature both Bluetooth-radios, so connecting them shouldn’t be a problem.
Another advantage: somehow the given libraries for the micro:bit are more advanced and diverse than the Calliope’s, could be due to the release in 2015 versus 2017. Also: micro:bit features microPython. C not ..

My first idea was to create a stress-test. Play a bit around with the buttons and the “run in background”-feature. Still not heating properly and fast enough.
Code is visible on my micro:bit-repository on github. Just like the one for the Calliope. Suggestions how to make the processing unit glow are heartily accepted 🙂

Let us get coding. Somehow I like the enviroment with blocks and the possibility to switch to Javascript. Not my favorite dialect, but … sometimes you have to embrace what is given to you <3

20 min-project of today: creepy squirrel

Written by  on December 1, 2017

Had in mind to play around with the “make LED shine directly via PIN”-feature of the Calliope Mini. Worked, nice 🙂
Actually for both “eyes” it is randomnly picked if they shall light up (and down) separately, but the GIF can can last just 3 seconds.

applied science ;3

Written by  on October 28, 2017

The surface-temperature of an average ~furry lazybutt~ housecat is 24°C 😀

For this important experiment you need: a Calliope Mini, a computer science-degree and too much free time ;’)
Just kidding, the code is quite simple:

Jubilate deo!

Written by  on July 4, 2017

Ok, today arrived the Calliope mini and after doing all my chores I spent one hour tinkering with the tiny star 🙂
An improved version of one of the suggested projects: the first part of “Ode to joy” from Beethoven together with a blasting animation. Start by pressing “A”.

360° panorama: quick and easy

Written by  on December 14, 2015

The ‘magic’ behind 360° panoramas is nothing new. I remember stitching together manually the pictures from the Canon Ixus 800, later switching to AutoStitch and other solutions. But after I used Google Kamera as replacement for the pre-installed camera-app on the smartphone and also acquired a cheap 10€-cardboard I had a jaw-dropping moment of enlightment: wow! This is amazing. And to whomever I showed this (techies, friends, parents, ..) they were also impressed. A freely explorable panorama with head-mounted gear is soo much much descriptive of the scene than the regular 2D-photos. Yes, I still stick to analogue photography, but If you want to show somehow how the sights looked and how the surrrounding environment looked like, then stick to a panorama. Creating them is quite is, but this is a different story.

Too cut it short: I was always looking for a way to present those views also to people far away. Which don’t have a smartphone. Jeremy Heleine created with his Photo Sphere Viewer a truly amazing in browser-javascript-library. I just added some of my own examples (in a pretty bad boilerplate-way *cough*). But this is still great! I love it.

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