Semaphore

Member Since: November 18, 2009

Country: Canada

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  • News - Enginursday: The RedBot/M… | about 6 months ago

    I actually had the opportunity to do some embedded code development with Simulink at one point. In some ways it was pretty neat - the program’s logic was obviously much easier to visualize, and certain pre-existing blocks simplified some tasks and made the code cleaner (i.e.: unit delay).

    In other ways, however, it was incredibly frustrating: Fairly common programming constructs such as loops or decision statements were kind of weird to implement in pure Simulink, often causing me to resort to embedded blocks of MATLAB code. It also just wouldn’t generate code for certain Simulink blocks from various toolboxes, which was frustrating to say the least.

    So basically, the head-scratching that I saved from not having to worry about missing ‘}’s was now replaced by deciphering cryptic MATLAB compile-time errors and figuring out how to represent my program as a continuous block diagram. Maybe it’s due to my lack of experience, but I’d be very reluctant to use Simulnk for embedded development ever again. A text editor and compiler is just so much simpler, and works just as well.

  • News - Your April Caption Contes… | last year

    “Go ahead, sew me to a t-shirt, I dare ya.”

  • Product COM-09426 | about 3 years ago

    I just tried it at 3.3V, and yes, it works fine. Being resistive it should technically work at any (reasonable) voltage.

  • Product PRT-09545 | about 3 years ago

    For all concerned, I did manage to solder this with my cheapo $10 iron to a breakout board I made. Let’s see if it holds :p

  • News - Happy Free Day | about 3 years ago

    Thanks for the $10 loyalty money guys! That was way better than buying 30 hoagies and trying not to lose the stamp card =]
    Free Nokia LCD, here I come…

  • Product WRL-08949 | about 4 years ago

    These boards are awesome for a cheap way of sending data at low speed. Just be warned that if you are not sending any data, or disconnect the transmitter, that it will begin to pick up all kinds of noise.
    I worked around this by having my receiver check for a certain number of consecutive “start bits”, and only accept the data if they’re all there. After that you can use it like a plain ol' UART, except wireless. Woot.
    They even label all the pins for you, thanks guys!

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