Parallax Basic Stamp question? Answered

Hi all!  I just found a parallax basic stamp at a price I couldn't really resist.  Now I am wondering if anyone who has worked with these micro-controllers knows of a good guide to learning the programming language that is free or rather cheap.  Thanks for your time!  :)

Question by thegeeke 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

basic stamp and arduino code tutoring?

Is there anyone in the las vegas nv area that could tutor me on how to write code for arduino and basic stamp microcontrollers? i have both and i have a basic stamp kit with books but i need help writing code to fit some of my ideas.

Question by kevinmarl 9 years ago

HELP with Basic Stamp 2 programming!!!

I am working on a project which involves usage of a Basic Stamp 2 module. I need your help because I'm a newbie and I don't know hot to program it yet to do the job. I want every time the right (or the left, it doesn't matter) built-in touch sensor is pressed, the right (or the left, it doesn't matter) motor to be given power for 5 times with a pause of aprox. 1 second between each time (see picture), and then stop.I would really appreciate that if you could help me. Please post your program, or pm it to me.ThanksP.S. Be careful! I DO NOT use servos! I use simple DC motors with a driving module! Here are the microcontroller ports for each motor and touch sensor:Left motor: ports 3 and 5 of the X7 extension busRight motor: ports 14 and 15 of the X7 extension busLeft touch sensor: port 4 of the microcontrollerRight touch port: port 6 of the microcontroller

Topic by andrewsweet4 10 years ago

HELP with Basic Stamp 2 programming!!!

I am working on a project which involves usage of a Basic Stamp 2 module. I need your help because I'm a newbie and I don't know hot to program it yet to do the job. I want every time the right (or the left, it doesn't matter) built-in touch sensor is pressed, the right (or the left, it doesn't matter) motor to be given power for 5 times with a pause of aprox. 1 second between each time (see picture), and then stop.I would really appreciate that if you could help me. Please post your program, or pm it to me.ThanksP.S. Be careful! I DO NOT use servos! I use simple DC motors with a driving module! Here are the microcontroller ports for each motor and touch sensor:Left motor: ports 3 and 5 of the X7 extension busRight motor: ports 14 and 15 of the X7 extension busLeft touch sensor: port 4 of the microcontrollerRight touch port: port 6 of the microcontroller

Topic by andrewsweet4 10 years ago

Stamp drive a NeoPixel ? Answered

Has anyone driven a NeoPixel with a Basic Stamp ?Regrets, the NeoPixel data neatly specifies timing cycles as short as 400 nswhile the fastest Stamp Compiled Basic can only do 800 nsSo No Go ! except for the ML option.

Question by iceng 10 months ago  |  last reply 10 months ago

Cool Tool - Basic Stamp Logic Analyzer

A month or so ago Parallax had their basic stamp logic analyzer on sale for $30, so I picked it up. Its a slick little tool . It is handy to use when testing your wiring and software. If you have a BS2 and see it on sale again over at Parallax check it out. The only downside is the software is windows only, so mac geeks like myself will have to use a VM. -Joe

Topic by joe 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Any easy way to make a small lawnmower blade? (12" DIA)? Answered

Hey I am trying to make a robot lawnmower from some motors and a microcontroller I have. The only thing I'm stuck on is where to get such a small blade for mowing (12" DIA or lower)

Question by galaxyman7 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

basic stamp 2 lcd screen interface?

My friend just gave me a kawaski dvd player set, and i want to know how to interface the screen with a basic stamp 2 microcontreller. plz help me, id really appreciate it.

Question by sci4me 9 years ago

What's a Microcontroller BASIC Stamp Kit help

Is this a good kit to start out with;=&pg;=1&sr;=1&retainProdsInSession;=1&origkw;=kit&kw;=kit&numProdsPerPage;=100&parentPage;=search

Topic by DELETED_kclv1988 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

How can i make a spark to ignite a gas cylinder with a basic stamp. Answered

I assume i would need a large capacitor but am just going for a general question about how it would be in programing? Also i took apart a grill lighter and found the igniter... I'm wondering weather that uses the energy that you push on it to spark or if it has a battery. Thank you!

Question by LucasOchoa 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Electronics Parts Suppliers

I'm curious about where instructables members purchase their electroincs parts. I've played around with electronics since high school, but I've always been in an environment where parts are "free" (aka paid for by others). Now that I'm branching out on my own, I'd like to know the best place to buy parts. I did a quick comparison of Jameco and Mouser on my blog. I'd greatly appreciate it if you all could share your thoughts on this. Thanks so much.

Topic by DUlschm 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

What are the pros and cons of arduino vs. basic stamp?

Hi All - I am confused. I need to know the pros and cons of the Arduino vs. Basic Stamp.  Though I am an electronics tech I deal with hardware not software on a daily basis. Also, as I am starting out, where is the best place I can get novice information on Arduino? Thanks

Question by Foxtrot70 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Are Seeed Studio Shields Compatible with the BASIC Stamp 2?

This is more of a programming question, but can Seeed Studio "shields" or modules be programmed with the BS2? Most Seeed components say they are compatible with Arduino, but I cannot determine whether or not the BS2 can control it as well. Also, if the BS2 is in the Stampduino, would I be able to program the Seeed module using PBasic? Thanks, these are a lot of questions and I would greatly appreciate any answers/comments. 

Topic by 4bass 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

how can i use basic stamp for advertising to control 16 electroluminescent wires?

I am looking for ideas about using basic stamp to control 16 el wire of different lengths.the el wire should go on and off at a particular intervals.

Question by samsulrana 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Exactly how much better is the arudino than the basic stamp? Answered

I know that the basic stamp is more limited than the arudino but how limited is it . IS it better than the arudino or not please post your opinions!!!

Question by Laserman595 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Looking for an Electrical Engineer to partner with

Hi - I've got a business idea that requires hardware and I can't build the thing myself.  I'll write the software for it, but I need assistance building the circuitry. The circuitry involved would include a temp sensor, R/F communications module, photodiode, memory (possibly micro SD), controller,  and a timer in a very small form factor (about the size of a cigar tube). I'll split any profits from selling the device 50/50 with the HW designer.  I'll ask you to sign an NDA before we get going. Please contact me here or at bret at thelastmilellc dot com. Rgds, Bret

Topic by bschuhma 8 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Programing (BASIC) , Want to learn

I would like to learn old school BASIC. The parallax basic stamp uses it's own version of it called PBASIC. I have not found any current books that will teach you a foundation to build on. I looked into programing for the absolute beginner and programming for dummies, both books seem to treat (teach) Basic as an object oriented language and jump into making window with buttons. That's not what I need right now. I want to start BASIC with the basics (forgive the pun), i.e. loops, if then statements and build a foundation . But I really need to start with BASIC so I can get the best use out of my BOE bot. PLEASE DON'T SUGGEST C OR SWITCHING TO A DIFFERENT PIC, I don't have money for that. All the parallax labs are in PBASIC.

Topic by Omegablood 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How to build an emergency party button? Answered

I was looking at the website for the Emergency party button, when I realized that it came with no instructions on how to build it. I know this is a big question but i really just need help with the basic stamp/button part, I get the whole concept of x10 but programming the basic stamp 2.... im a little shakey on.....Any help would be appreciated

Question by bwpatton1 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How do I connect a Grayhill 88bb2 keypad to a basic stamp 2?

I just bought a Grayhill 88bb2 keypad, but dont know what pins connect to what. PLEASE help me figure it out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to interface it into a robot project with a basic stamp 2 microcontroller. Again,  PLEASE help me figure it out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Question by sci4me 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I was inspired (and pretty amazed) at the ServerBot instructable that someone had made for the iRobot Create challenge (LINK). So inspired, in fact, that I would like to try to make one. The problem is, I have a low budget, only knowledge in Basic Stamp 2, and I have some, but not many, types of sensors. I am almost sure this is possible (even remotely, at least) with the basic stamp 2. I have some of the ideas for the coding in my head, and some idea of how to make it. If I do follow through with this, I will make an instructable on it. But I need some ideas. Is this truly possible with a basic stamp 2? Elaborate, please! Credit to the below picture goes to JoeCreate who made the robot (LINK).

Topic by RPisces 11 years ago

I am using a microcontroller to control a bipolar stepper motor. Do you think this circuit will work?

I am going to use a Basic Stamp microcontroller to control 3 bipolar stepper motors. Tell me if you think this circuit will work. (all stepping signals will be handled with the microcontroller) This is just a modified h-bridge.

Question by galaxyman7 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

What is a sidactor, what does it do, and does this circuit need it? Answered

This circuit is used to connect a BASIC STAMP to the telephone line. I know what almost every part does, and where to find almost all the parts, exception the "Sidactor". Could anyone tell me what it does, if the circuit really needs it, and where i can find one or how I can substitute. UPDATE: Thanks, all who answered.

Question by Super_Nerd 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

New Instructable Added, New Members

New Instructable posted on making rubber stamps. Working on intructables on the following projects, Cuerda Seca Tiles, Colored clay vase, Ceramics Basic projects. New members, I am trying to add you, but my member manger has a bug. Will keep trying, thanks for your patience. Candy

Topic by CandylandCeramics 11 years ago

what should be the user interface in the project " controlling electroluminescent wires for advertising?

 i am doing my final year project " controlling EL wire for advertising"  The aim is to turn the el wires on and off at programmed sequence and time intervals using Basic stamp. i have the programming software in my PC. I have usb connection from PC to the basic stamp module PCB. it is working fine. now i am asked to describe about the user interface which i dont have any idea about. what is the user interface in the system

Question by samsulrana 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

can someone help me make a code for arduino to scan a RFID (parallax) tag and flip a light switch? Answered

I am new to the basic stamp and am having some trouble

Question by LJduino 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Rotory to Touch Tone conversion? Answered

I have a desk phone from the late 60's and I am looking for a circuit wether arduino or basic stamp etc., to convert the pulses to touch tone.  Any ideas?

Question by Foxtrot70 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

UART programming for AVR Butterfly help

Hey everyone, I need help with programming the AVR Butterfly with an FM transmitter code that I found on the net. I have all the pieces soldered together (nothing exploded or smoked) and I am trying to upload a file, however, I cannot get it to connect to the BASIC Stamp adapter from serial-to-UART. What I have: Usb-To-Serial Basic Stamp Adapter AVR Butterfly (Butterfly is being programmed through the UART ports) I am using AVR Studio 4 to upload the code, but it will neither confirm that the serial cable is there nor after doing the holding-the-joystick process to tell the butterfly to go into programming mode for the program to see it. Am I doing something wrong? Or is there an easier program to upload the code? I also have Visual Studios '05 and the Basic Stamp program from the Parallax website. If its any good to say, I also have the USBTinyISP programmer that can connect to the ISP ports on the Butterfly. Any help would be appreciated!

Topic by KT Gadget 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

KNEX Robotic Controller

Howdy, What do KNEX builders use to control robotic projects.I am asking about the physical most fans use one of the hobbyist controllers (BASIC STAMP, Cricket, Arduino, etc) or do fans hack the RCX/NXT? Does anyone use the old KNEX controller "Leornardo" ? Thanks, Richard

Topic by ftking_83702 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Help Programming on an AVR

I am looking at getting an USBtinyISP to start programing ATtiny 13's. I plan on using avrdude. I already have some experience with the Basic stamp, arduino and c++ when writing computer programs. My main concern is how to state and use an input or output. In examples I have seen I do not understand the inputs and outputs.

Topic by sotsirh194 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Can anyone help me with useing a QTI sensor with the Arduino? Answered

Im working on a line following robot and have some QTI sensors from my basic stamp days I wanted to use them with the Arduino but cant seem to get the Arduino to read them Would really like any help I can get

Question by TheMONKEY 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

can the transister be used to switch ac voltage?

Hi , i am controlling 4 el wires using basic stamp.  i am using an inverter that outputs 6v dc to 110v ac.the inverter has 4 outputs to connect with el wire. can i use a transister as switch? lot of people use triacs.i am not sure whether transister can switch ac  voltage.thanks

Question by samsulrana 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Sample Arduino pgm to emit robotic noises (squeaks, beeps,etc)?

I saw an arduino program online within the last year for emitting robotic sounds (beeps, squeaks, etc.--not words) from a piezospeaker--but forgot to save it--and can't find it again.  Has anyone seen this--or even a similar Basic Stamp program?  And if so, could you send a link?  Thanks!

Question by RoboBear 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Which Processor?

Hello everyone. I'm new here and I have a quick question about processors. I'm working on a project that requires a device to take inputs piezo buzzer elements and trigger an LED. The catch is I need a programmable chip so I can have pre-set outputs on the LEDs. I'd need something that can be rewritten (like an EEPROM) I've been thinking abuot using a PIC or a BASIC Stamp but I'd though I'd do a bit of research first.

Topic by mrpaps 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

is it possible to program my BS microcontroler with python? what else can python do?

My computer science teacher was wanting to buy a set of robots. the boe-bot and the scribbler bot. All of us are really skilled in java. could they be programmed with that? He's more or less appointed me as his adviser to this venture, and i'd like to hear frome someone who's had some experience I'm also an arduino freak and i was wondering if python could have anything to do with that.

Question by mikemmcmeans 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Turning horizontal linear motion into vertical

Hi guys, I have a dmx controller which is connected to two sunstrip lights which I control with my foot during gigs. It means I have to balance on one foot and slide the fader up and down with the other in order to get a swell/strobe effect. Have you any idea how I could hack it to turn the horizontal linear motion of the fader into a vertical motion (basically a pedal I can stamp on it swell like a wah) Any suggestions helpful. Cheers!

Question by DaveP177 2 months ago  |  last reply 7 weeks ago

I would like to start programming but there are so many types it seems I don't which one to choose. Any suggestions?

First I wish to thank everyone for their comments. Secondly I should apologize for not being a little more specific in my needs. I have had some experience, back in the two floppy pc/commadore days, with basic programming. I wrote database and spreadsheet program with it. My immediate needs are more for programming chips to use on small robotic projects. There seems to be several out there to do this. I just thought if I were going to have to learn one it should be one that would take me from -move back and forth - to more complicated programs to allow more autonomous movement as well as other functions. I just didn't want spend the money on arduino when maybe basic stamp? or whatever is where I should be.

Question by wilb 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Here's somethingHere's something that you crafty people at Instructatble will enjoy."Everything You Need to Make Amazing Paper Machines!Automata are animated toys that use several basic mechanisms to come alive and they're made completely out of paper! Using the ingenious punch-out designs included in Gizmos, you can assemble six enchanting automata by designer Rob Ives and when you've mastered the fundamental techniques, you can create new designs of your own. Gizmos includes:A pre-made pop-up frog ready to jump right out of the box!Pre-stamped punch-out parts for two snap-up models that are perfect for first-time buildersComplete punch-out parts to create six full-color, fully animated paper machines: Die Fledermaus, Mouthy Moose, Schrodinger's Cat, Shrimp Boat, Surf Bunny, and Marching RobotA 144-page book with an introduction to automata and the simple mechanisms, cranks, cams, and levers that give them life; easy-to-follow instructions to make eight Rob Ives models; and handy reusable templates for each of the model parts, to get you started on future projectsGizmos is a fascinating way to learn about basic mechanical principles as well as a guide to paper-crafting techniques that will enable you to design and build paper toys that capture the imagination!"

Topic by robives 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Brains for a robot?

It's time I turn yet again to the forums for advice, this time on recommended robot brains! [Serious] I have a project for a class requiring design, construction and programming of something. More than half of my fellow students are doing clocks of some sort, be they binary or nixie tube. A friend of mine is doing a holonomic robot, and my plan was to do a walking robot, based on ideas like the WowWee robosaurus, using a simple tail and head to balance and few motors to run it in comparison to any conventional biped. As far as servos, I was hoping to use something like the HerculeX or other serially connected servo, so I can just daisy chain the few I would need and simplify the wiring, as well as get experience with serially addressing things. Planned sensors are 2-4 IR rangefinders, 2-4 wire whiskers and one tilt switch to turn it off if it tips over. Sensors I'd love to add would be something like a super basic camera for simple machine vision if I ever learn to code that well, but I doubt that will be the case; and the LIDAR thing from the Neato XV-11 which is again unlikely. Things I was looking at for super basic use included: Arduino, HC11 MC (backplane type), BASIC Stamp, PIC. For a little more complexity I was seriously considering things like the Freescale Tower ARM, Gumstix or other. I'd love to have the serial servos, sensor assemblies and the camera and have integration with Robot operating system through an onboard computer, but I have no idea what to use to setup ROS or what would be best, or if my plan of parts to use is even good enough. In other words, what ideas should I throw out as impossible or what would I need for say, ROS use? Ideally i want to do a semi autonomous robot, so that i don't have to manually direct it everywhere, but I'd still be keeping an eye on it when it's running so it doesn't break something. If I understand ROS correctly I can use an external computer to control it, but I can also let it be autonomous? Coding math and logic in the machine language for a Z80 computer doesn't really prepare for robot building, although the class is basically a teach programming basics and throw you into the deep end. [/serious] Thank you in advance for your help!

Topic by Nyanman 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Possible to Reprogram Handheld Tetris?

I programed a simple game on a basic stamp before, and I just got one of those super cheap handheld tetris games hopes of using the LCD screen like a dot matrix. screen can't be practically used, but I noticed that the circuit board inside the game had a arrangement of holes that reminded my of my serial cable pictures: can solder some wires to that and keep trying each pin until I ruin the original program or fry it completely, but before I start, is this even possible to program it like a PIC?If it's not, is there a way to use those little flat parts that tough the back of the screen operate the LCD screen?Has this been done before?

Topic by frank26080115 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


This is the beginning of a project I've been wanting to do for a while now. I'm just learning microcontrollers and electronics, so anyone if there is anyone out there who notices me doing something stupid, please let me know. I have a 12-gallon Nano Cube reef aquarium. I want to automate as much of the maintenance as I can. I'm going to start with adding top-off water. This is Topper v1.0 and like any vX.0 you can count on it having problems.Now I know some of you are probably wondering why I don't write this up as an instructable. Well, that is on my list, but it has a ways to go before its ready. I mean, take a look at it! Isn't that the ugliest thing you've ever seen?When the whole thing is finished and prettied up I'll make an instructable out of it. Eventually I'll want to switch to an AVR microcontroller because of the cost. But the Parallax Basic Stamp is just so much easier for quick and dirty programming.Here is the initial controller program.'---------------------------------------------------------------' FloatSwitchTest.bs2' First attempt to control the top off pump with the Stamp' {$STAMP BS2}' {$PBASIC 2.5}DO IF (IN15 = 0) THEN 'Reads float switch HIGH 14 'Turns on pump HIGH 6 'Turns on LED ELSE LOW 14 'Turns off pump LOW 6 'Turns off LED ENDIF PAUSE 1000 'One second pauseLOOP'----------------------------------------------------------------This is just to get things started, but already its nice not having to top it off every day and even at that, the swing in salinity was more than I was happy with.The pump is a Tom Aquarium Products AW-20. At 3.5 gph and a 30" head, with nearly that from top off water to tank and a "one way valve" I wasn't sure how often it would come on or how long it would run at a time. So far, its been running 3-4 times a day for 35 - 40 seconds at a shot. I've started adding Kent Marine Superbuffer-dKH to the top off watch. I want to keep it at about 10 dKH.Anyone looking closely at the photo will notice an IC not listed on the circuit diagram. Its a DS1302 real-time clock and microcontroller isn't currently using it. Next up is connecting that and a 16x2 LCD display to show the time and track how long the pump runs.All comments are welcome, from "I'm curious why you..." to "ARE YOU INSANE?!?!".

Topic by GlobalVillageIdiot 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

How do I make a system where it sends me an alert when a wire is cut? Answered

I work for a non-profit in Mexico. We have a remote station with an antenna and computer equipment that I need to secure from people messing with the antenna on top (people taking it for metal recycling money is my main concern). I plan on putting a line or two of barbed wire lining the top of the building that houses the computer equipment inside. However, because it's so remote from where we are generally (it's on top of a hill next to us), I need some kind of remote alert system so that I know if the barbed wire has been cut. I saw a garage door monitor instructable using the parallax "Basic Stamp II" that I think I could modify for this purpose, but I figured this has been done before and their is probably a better way to do it. I thought of several ways to detect that the wire was cut, like running a small current through it so that when the circuit is broken, it sends the alert (e-mail or something like that), but I don't know how to implement that. It should be noted that the barbed wire is going to be on top of a 4 ft x 4ft building. There are no gates involved and it is a continuous wire (total 16ft long). I need to have a system that will tell me if any of the four sides gets cut. I've included a basic layout to help visualize what I'm talking about. Thanks for the help everyone. This is an awesome website.

Question by DELETED_gorrillamcdouglas 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Steampunk nixie tube gauntlet watch?

     I am..... not very good with electronics. ill admit it. but i still love that feeling when you do something and finish and it feels perfect. and i really need some help. i have been looking everywhere in my town and nobody has any nixie tubes (probably because they are so old), and they are really expensive on places like ebay. i also have no clue how to work the pins, and how i could get such a high voltage. and make it all into a watch. and to make it small. and to keep it under 30 dollars. what a mouthful.      So could you all just list where you get your tubes, how you wire and program them, and how you even make a portable and practicle power source? i have been looking into the disposable camera power source, but that is already kinda big. when done i will have a leather/metal gauntlet to wear on my arm. it can take up about half of my forearm. can this even be done? i dont have an arduino, but i have a basic stamp, but its not good at keeping time, so thats out. please list your help and ideas below. and your knowledge is greatly wanted!!!

Topic by imBobertRobert 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How do I actually PROGRAM a z80, 8088, 8035, or their predecessors? (schematic, code, assemblers, UVeproms?)? Answered

I have a z80, apparently, with supporting ICs, on a PCB waiting to be salvaged. All I could find online for z80 programming was this guy who was making a whole computer out of it. And a lame "z80 world" site that doesn't help me. Also, on a separate board, I have a couple of Toshiba TMP8035P (with UVeprom nearby), whose online "datasheet" says that it's instruction set and pin compatible with the intel 8048.see: have programmed microcontrollers before, so I know a tiny bit of what is needed for programming them. (Note: modern microcontrollers, in basic-esque languages, notably picaxes and basic stamps)My problem is in how to actually make the program on my computer, press the download button, and the chip run the program. I have no idea how to do assembly, (or find the right assembler). I am also clueless as to hook the computer up to the chip. (I suspect it requires a parallel port, but I think I only have DB9-pin serial easily available. I do have a single parallel port in a win98 computer, but it would be a pain in the butt.)In addition, I don't have a UVeprom eraser light. (I have an uncle who does, but I only meet him every now and then. Maybe he would let me borrow it?)Another problem is, I'm on a time limit. It does not have to be done tommorrow, but if I do not clear the garage of my currently un-programmable outdated microcontrollers soon, I will be too busy with college this fall of 2009 to work on those things, and my parents will force me to throw them away.As for the 8035's my uncle also needs room in his garage, and if I can't program mine soon, then he will throw away his remaining stash of them. (No sense in holding on to equipment your nephew can't program in a timely fashion)By the way, the same uncle dumped a CMX controller on me, with a weird keyboard, huge scroll wheel mouse, and the big box with computer-like guts inside, and a gazillion I/O ports on the back. He said it could be programmed, but Wikipedia said the company that made this video-editing machine went bankrupt or something. If I had the "instruction set", I assume assembly, in addition to a download circuit, then I can use this thing for controlling lots of cool things.Oh, and my uncle is very nice to me, so don't think I don't like him just because his hobby is dumping old junk on me.PS: I'm just whining, but it seems all these old microcontrollers, equipment and whatnot assume I grew up with these. I didn't, so anything beyond plugging in a basic program to a picaxe is rocket science to me. (No, I'm not Russian)

Question by Unit042 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Do you know what Magic Lantern is? Social Media + Creative Intern-to-Hire Position in DTLA

We have an open position in social media at the company I work for.  We're looking for a confident self-starter who is interested in engaging with our community, as well as effectively produce content. This is an internship, with the possibility of intern-to-hire position for the right candidate. * Internship is 8 weeks long, unpaid, 2 days per week (maximum of 20 hours per week) ***** If you are an active college student seeking to receive credit for this internship, you MUST have your paperwork/syllabus/credit agreement prepared for us BEFORE you begin your internship with us. We also need a contact for your school and/or professor.****** * Your work will be reviewed every week, and feedback given. * Recent college graduates are welcome to apply, with preference given to enrolled/active students. Who we are: * * We are very HANDS-ON. If you are the type who likes to jump into a new project, put your personal stamp on it, and present something amazing to the world, you've got a place here! * We are open-source from top-to-bottom. We run on linux. * Do you know what MagicLantern is? * We have a strict no-whining policy. If you whine, this opportunity may not be for you. TO APPLY * Send us a message here on instructables or to Include the basics of your name, what school you attend (or have attended), and why you're interested in this internship. * Provide TWO (2, only two!!) examples of your a recent project, product, or idea that you have actively helped to promote. Tell us 1)What your GOAL was for your social media outreach 2) What was your biggest challenge or failure as you completed this project 3)When thinking about your social media strategy, what techniques or methods did you use that did not work as expected? Why do you think these methods didn't work as intended, and what do you think you would do differently? *Provide a writing sample by answering this question: When considering hemp and cannabis, how do you think these crops have transformed the economy and politics? 300 words or less!

Topic by gigijiji 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

I need a low cost LED or OLED display of about one inch in size, capable of displaying composite video signals. Answered

I'm planning on building a cheap generation one equivalent night vision system to be used in conjunction with infrared lasers, strobes, and short-range illuminators, and I need a way to display the video coming from camera.I've messed around with viewfinders from older video cameras, but they are black and white, bulky, and worst of all, very fuzzy. The newer cameras I've hacked into have a ribbon style plug that I've been unsuccessful in splicing video signal into (though I did manage to power a few on, or at least get the backlights going). I'm unsure if this is from an inability for the display unit to display the video signal the camera is generating, or my lack surface-mount soldering skills. Does anyone have any links or advice for how to get the newer style video cameras displaying live, unrecorded video from an external source?I've heard that people have had great success with playstation one screens for displaying video without hacking, but they are much too large for my application. My hope is for the entire unit to be housed in a section of PVC about the size of a PVS14 night vision system (2.5" in diameter by 4" long), with a high-sensitivity camera in the front, disposable lithium batteries mounted in a case on the bottom of the tube, viewfinder at the back, and the wiring, voltage regulators, and switches in the center of the tube.I've seen stand-alone LCD and OLED panels for cheap (these come to mind: but my understanding is that they need some sort of controller unit to input composite video. Is this correct? I have nearly zero programming experience, just messing around with the BASIC STAMP platform, so how much more knowledge would be required in this area to get one of these units up and running? Are there any tutorials on something similar to what I'm trying to do?I can get commercial night vision in the area of $125, which means that, to be a viable DIY option, the whole unit should come to under $85 or so. With the camera clocking in at about $30, this needs to be a dirt-cheap display.Thanks for your help

Question by Dr. No 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

What is the axial orientation of Polaris with respect to the Earth? Answered

So... I know the Earth's axis of rotation currently points (roughly) at Polaris, the North Star. (which, of course, is why we can navigate by it here on Terra Firma).  I also know that Polaris is about ~500 ly from us,  has a rotational period (hence an axis), that it's a transitional Cepheid (sp) (a star that varies between a larger, brighter state and a smaller, denser one) , that it has at least two l known, low-output companion stars, and that since the ~1940s it has undergone visible changes in its rotational period and its output. My excuse and reason  for asking... First, I did google it. Either no one has asked the question(doubtful), it can't really be determined with our present level of science (could be, idk), or I just didn't use the right search  terms to find the answer (the usual culprit ime) , but in any case, after an off and on search that's spanned the past ~year, I think it's time I ask. Secondly, the inspiration. I enjoy amateur astronomy.  However, time and equipment and location often limit my grand delusions for the next "Citizen challenges Hubble with stunning new photo of Zeta p3044-a!" award hahahaha.  But the real problem is most often because of my mid-level scope's somewhat limited ability (in comparison to a German equatorial mount) to track consistently and smoothly, and as a result, Polaris becomes an easy target when I get frustrated with the scopes performance on a given night (sometimes it does track brilliantly... for a stepper-driven alt-z, but only sometimes and even then only to the limits of the steps) because the only thing the scope has to track when pointed at the North Star is rotation, which it seems to handle better than both directions of movement (probably needs a new gear or the motor is wearing or my expectations are simply higher than that of my equipment ...). Of course, I also quite often choose to shoot Polaris when conditions are such that it's the only viable target (for instance, when I'm stuck imaging from my backyard, I have a postage stamp size hole that happens to point at Polaris... which of course basically "doesn't move", pretty much everything else is shrouded by century old, 8-100 ft tall forest during the warmer months, and when I can't drive out to a more suitable location, it's a lucky night when everything is "right", I can even align the mount (it uses a goto controller that requires a 3 star alignment for tracking with any accuracy). So Polaris is a no-brainer, (take some images for arts sake, fine tune the in-situ collimation, data-reduction test sets, etc.) . Either that or do something else...  Anyway, as a result of all of this, I'm found myself enjoying the simplicity of shooting the North Star and the area around it, and having fun with image processing and even optical train modifications to further the artistic side. And I've read a few articles about it's variability and the ~relatively significant changes in its behavior that have been occurring during the past 50 years that got me to thinking What I'm wondering is that when I image Polaris, am I looking at it "on its side?", "on axis?", or at some other viewing angle? Not that I'm going to be able to literally "view it on its side" or something, since optically imaging the star beyond that roughly of a point-source isn't practical, but just to know, since the darned question won't get out of my head. (been asking it for the past year quietly to myself and google. I hate to think how many cumulative hours I've spent at it...) thanks!

Question by seandogue 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago