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Trying out the Program-O-Tron

Posted by Matthew Little on

The Program-O-Tron was a Kickstarter product from Proto-Pic, an online microcontroller and kit supplier. It costs £54 to buy now and is available from their online store. I thought it would be really useful for programming the microcontrollers included in some of my kits (mainly the ATTiny85 and the ATMega328). It comes as an almost complete board (SMD has all been done) with just the switches and ZIF socket to solder in. Getting started, I first went to the main page for this device on the Proto-Pic website. The main user guide is available here. The unit was dead easy...

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Quotation Machine using the CheeseBoard

Posted by Matthew Little on

Setting yourself a small challenge in the form of an interesting project is a great way of learning - even if it involves a fair bit of failing! I set myself a weekend challenge of using our CheeseBoard ESP8266 development board to obtain and display some data from a website using a wifi connection. My original challenge was to show real time data about the electricity supply mix within the UK. As I looked into this problem I realised that it was far too complex for me to start with. So I reduced the challenge to display some data from...

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Bat Listener, Arduino and display!

Posted by Matthew Little on

Following on from our previous post on connecting the Bat Listener kit to and Arduino, here we show you how to add a small LCD screen to display frequency data and a 'sonograph'. Hopefully you have the Bat listener connected to the Arduino and are reading data onto the serial port. The next step is to add a small display so we can have a portable display of the most interesting data. What is a 'sonograph'? A sonograph (sometimes called a 'sonogram') is a graph of frequency against time. Displaying the frequency measured by the Bat Listener against time allows...

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Connecting the Bat Listener to an Arduino

Posted by Matthew Little on

If you would like to take your bat detecting further, the new version of our Bat Listener has output pads for connecting the output to an Arduino. This means we can measure the exact frequency and start to do more interesting things like recording the frequencies, displaying a 'sonograph' of the detected signal and record the number of bat detections. An Arduino is a small micro-controller which can be easily re-programmed to perform different functions. It can also be used as a link to receive data onto a computer. It is an open-source design with an open-source integrated development environment...

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