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Member Since: January 10, 2011

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  • I really look forward to trying this combo (this, an 18pin developer board and 1A H-Bridge) as it SHOULD allow my robot to reverse! None of my robots could do that before. :-)
    The on-chip multitasking should simplify robot sensor control and the Basic/Flowchart programming is WAY-cool!

  • This board is awesome,
    BUT: If you put a ICSP plug on this board, the PICkit3 pod faces AWAY from the board (or if the plug is bent 90 degrees to the board the PICkit3 connects with the LED's facing downwards.)
    I didn't do that and my green heartbeat LED no longer blinks...
    Maybe I can fix that later but right now I am going to try a MAX32 board for 10 bucks more (Digilent).
    IF Sparkfun would carry the Digilent boards I WOULD buy one
    from here.

  • Wow!
    Look at the response this little board (and CUI in general) is getting on the web. Lots of hits!
    I don't work for SparkFun (wish I did :-), but I AM getting one of these CUI32's for myself. I am also getting a PICkit3. (Not necessary to have, but great if I need to restore StickOS or do some C programming.)
    (I like my Arduino, but if I had seen this at the same time I got it would have been a VERY hard choice.)

  • Awesome! A "new" reasonably priced micro-controller with built in wireless communication!
    The datasheet is a real eye-opener! The tool-chain looks good and the chip is based on the very standard Intel 8051 MC. There is a nice set of demos that all compiled without a problem. (The first one does a fairly simple LED "blink", remind you of another micro-controller? :-)
    Add the strips of pins and use a prototype breadboard to develop on. (or solder your project right to the pin holes to save use of the pins/sockets.)
    Debugging (including hardware!) is available as is emulation.
    (Build a Arduino "shield compatible" pc board to plug this in to and you have an enhanced "Wixelduino"! :-) I would do the 3.3V to 5V translation right on that pc board to simplify things.) Sparkfun inventors?
    (Translation from 3.3V to 5V can be done as simple as with standard NPN transistors and 2 common resistors per transistor. Maybe not for beginners, but it works.)
    Yes, I want one (actually 2!) :-)

  • Idea:
    Could a Wixel be used as a minimal robot controller without the need for an additional microcontroller? 29k of flash is almost as much as 32k on a Arduino (I don't know how much space the transceiver software takes, or is it even needed?)
    I haven't looked at the programming tool-chain, but this seems VERY interesting. Or am I wrong somewhere?

  • It assembled easy and worked great until STOMPED on (trashed!) by an "attendant" that didn't like it. :-(
    (POP168 socket and more destroyed, fried...)
    (The "attendant" WILL be dealt with harshly/fired.)
    (More than likely a case of extreme jealousy of such a beautiful bot...)
    Suggestions for another kit since this one is out of stock???
    Thanks, and Happy Easter!

  • The programmer worked as a USBTiny for me with avrdude. I sent a .hex "Blink" file to my POP-BOT and doing so erased the Bootloader!
    No problem! I re-installed the bootloader .hex file using the same programmer (with avrdude) and my POP-BOT is an Arduino based device all over again!
    (Normally, uploading a .hex file written in Basic or C using "POP_Loader" directly over USB doesn't disturb the bootloader.)

  • Got it this morning and it is up and running with Arduino-0022!

  • I really like the POP-BOT and I plan on (soon) getting one. One of the things I am interested in is doing some form of a "hack" to replace the POP-168 board (the small green one, it is in a socket) with ATmega328 hardware primarily for increased memory (16k to 32k). There could be other benefits as well. I emailed inex (builders of the 'bot) and they plan a BOT-328 model for sometime mid year. I don't want to wait, and it is possible it won't even happen. How do I set up the 328 hardware? I know how to hook it up electronics-wise, just not how to physically mount the new processor (maybe use an entire Arduino 328 based board on spacers or something?). Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

  • I am hoping this could be used in an emergency to reinstall the Arduino Bootloader on a ATmega 168 based POP-BOT (A robot kit on this SparkFun website).
    (I don't need to do this yet, but it would give great peace of mind!)

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