Microcontroller meetup: Thursday, March 20

On March 20, there will be a meeting to discuss items of interest, including (but not limited to) Embedded Computers, PIC chips, Basic Stamps and Arduinos, at the Falls Township Municipal building, Room 205, on Business Rt. 1 about 1/2 mile north, after the Oxford Valley Mall, in Fairless Hills. The address is 188 Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills, Pa, 19030, across the street from the Salvation Army thrift store. The meeting will start at 7:30 PM. If you need directions someone will be monitoring 147.300 (PL 131.8) or 147.090 (PL 131.8).

Trenton Computer Fest - March 15, 2014

The 39th Trenton Computer Festival is Saturday, March 15th at The College of New Jersey in Ewing!
Join us for an exciting day of talks, workshops, exhibits & buying opportunities.
This year's focus is on Multimedia in a Post-PC World.
The schedule of events is available at www.tcf-nj.org, along with directions and parking information.
The Flea Market and Vendor Fair will be all indoors. Festival is between 9 am and 5 pm.
Admission is only $12 at the door, or $10 via online advanced sale at our website.

Hardware Freedom Day - March 15, 2014

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Vintage Computer Fest - April 4-6 2014

The ninth “annualish” Vintage Computer Festival East will be held April 4-6, 2014, at the InfoAge Science Center, in Wall, New Jersey.

VCF East is a celebration of computer history from the 1940s-1980s. The schedule includes a hands-on exhibit hall, technical workshops, lectures, a marketplace, tours of the InfoAge museum complex, a dollar-per-pound book sale, prizes, more.

Robot Laser Tag

Teams of autonomous robots and fortress elements attempt to knock each other out by scoring 5 hits on a set of 8 photoresistors per robot or fortress. Once a photoresistor has been hit, it cannot be hit again. There's a very restrictive budget limit for each robot to keep the competition accessible to the most teams. The first team to knock out all the opposing robots (but not necessarily fortresses) wins. A draft set of rules is attached as a text document.

Arduino LCD with key pad

I loaded some soft ware to my arduino had to make some changes to the program. The LCD I purchased uses different pins than the one in the program. How ever I was able to get the LCD up and running. And also the switches on the board which are select left right up down and reset.

I also was using a thermistor to create a thermometer. that was cool, I did not write that software I down loaded it. The sensor deals with resistance which you know the arduino deals with voltage that had to be converted over to degrees Celsius and the pan to degrees F. It worked out good.

Robotics club news - September 2013

Bucks County 4-H is in the process of starting up a robotics club for high school students in late fall 2013. This is expected to be a sponsored team for U.S. First's Robotics Competition in the 2014 season. U.S. FIRST has announced that their kickoff for the 2014 season will take place on Saturday, January 4. FIRST Robotics Competition is open to any eager high-school student in 9th through 12th grade.

Raspberry Pi

I have my pi running all the time. I access it using putty thru ssh, since I am current learning
the Linux operating system it has become a learning platform for me.

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