Category Archives: Hardware

Radio Board v2

After a too long break we finally got back to debugging the problems in the radio boards. There was’t actually anything seriously wrong, mainly smaller issues that together made things look worse than they were. Version 1 did have some … Continue reading

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First radio waves

CC430F5137

First prototypes of our Radio Board v1 have been implemented succesfully. The board is based on TI’s CC430 technology platform. The exact model of the chip is CC430F5137 with 32K of flash and 4k of RAM, although these prototypes are … Continue reading

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Control board PCBs arrived

We have now received our first control board PCBs from ITead Studio. It took two weeks from placing the order to receive the boards. ITead provides quite cheap services. You can get a 5cmx5cm 2-layer PCB at less than 2$ … Continue reading

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IMU sensor comparison

Continuing the quest started earlier for a good IMU, I listed some popular accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers, and pressure sensors with their most(?) important attributes. I have to admit that I’m quite unexperienced with these so I could have easily left … Continue reading

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Some IMUs and sensors

MPU-6000 from Invensense

Everybody needs an IMU. We need one too. But why buy something ready when you can create your own and learn? We’ve been following some IMU projects while trying to figure out what kind of IMU we would like to … Continue reading

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Designing a robot control board

Basic idea behind starting to create this board was to create an open and easy to develop platform with the latest technology. We started from scratch so that we could learn cool things but also because it gives us the … Continue reading

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