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1  Development / Other Hardware Development / Re: Arduino mini arcade cabinet on: September 17, 2014, 06:27:42 am
nice work
2  Community / Gigs and Collaborations / Re: Any one want to help develope some High Grade Underwater Drones? on: January 28, 2014, 08:26:03 am
I spent many years designing control systems for deep sea ROV's so I'll be happy to get involved
3  Topics / Product Design / Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..?? on: January 28, 2014, 08:14:42 am
DesignSpark PCB just got a new release to v6

http://www.designspark.com/pcb
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: NavSpark: 32-bit Arduino-style device with built-in GPS for $19 on: January 28, 2014, 08:12:44 am
Thanks for the sparc history lesson :-)  I've not used or seen one since last using Sun Stations in the 90's

A "user" programmable GPS does have a lot going for it.
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: NavSpark: 32-bit Arduino-style device with built-in GPS for $19 on: January 27, 2014, 07:20:48 am
Nice price.

I wonder if LEON3 is a FPGA softcore CPU??
6  Community / Gigs and Collaborations / Re: Any one want to help develope some High Grade Underwater Drones? on: January 27, 2014, 07:17:36 am
While not a "drone" check out the openROV project which I think would be a good place to start to see how thrusters and buoyancy etc. work underwater on a vehicle.

What's your website called?
7  Topics / Product Design / Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..?? on: November 13, 2013, 08:00:33 am
There's also DesignSpark PCB to add to that list

http://www.designspark.com/pcb
8  Using Arduino / Networking, Protocols, and Devices / Re: Teraterm on: October 25, 2013, 06:23:14 am
have a look at RealTerm
9  Community / Exhibition / Gallery / Re: OpenDeck MIDI controller on: September 16, 2013, 06:22:59 am
one word:

awesome!
10  Community / Workshops and Events / eDay2 - Saturday 7th September 2013 on: September 02, 2013, 10:16:36 am
Last year Gateshead libraries and NE Makerspace organised a digital skills and special technology event called eDay which introduced the general public to new technologies such 3D Printers, Arduinos, Raspberry Pi's, Lego Mindstorms etc.

This year eDay2 will be on Saturday 7th September 2013 and will take place as part of the British Science Festival.

Date: Saturday 7th September

Location:
Gateshead Central Library
Prince Consort Road
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
NE8 4LN

Time: 10.00 to 15.00


It's a free event but you'll need a ticket to come along, details are here:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5720145108

As well as Makerspace, Vector76 will there again and this time they'll be bringing their awesome Oculus Rift! There'll be lots of other groups helping out so expect to find lots of other digital stuff going on during the day.

* 3D Printing
* Ardunio
* Simple Maker activities
* Retro Gaming
* Makey Makey
* Raspberry Pi workshops


Here are some write-ups of lasy years eDay:

http://www.makerspace.org.uk/blog/2012/ ... rary-eday/
https://govx.socitm.gov.uk/spaces/twict ... ges/736926
http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Council%20a ... inner.aspx
11  Topics / Robotics / Re: Arduino Esplora board to control an underwater ROV on: June 07, 2013, 04:28:26 am
The Seapearch is a fun and cool ROV. I saw one recently and also an OpenROV at Maker Faire UK in Newcastle.
12  Development / Other Hardware Development / Re: Hacked mini breadboard on: June 06, 2013, 05:06:34 am
Nice, I did something similar I few years ago.
13  Topics / Robotics / Re: Arduino Esplora board to control an underwater ROV on: June 05, 2013, 05:05:50 am
First, welcome to the Arduino forum.

I think it would be a good platform to use as a ROV hand controller. The joystick and diamond control pad would be ideal for piloting a ROV.

For a small ROV with just motors and no motor controllers or built-in intelligence, the Esplora could have a small shield and control the motors using power transistors/FET's or Relays via an umbilical cable to the ROV.

For bigger ROV's with an electronics pod and motor controllers, the Esplora could transmit control signals via RS485 or RS232 over the umbilical cable to the ROV's controller (which could be another Arduino)

What ROV are you building or planning to build?
14  Community / Workshops and Events / Re: Maker Faire - Newcastle, England 2013 on: April 26, 2013, 07:40:12 am
Looks us up on stand 52 :-)
15  Community / Workshops and Events / Re: Maker Faire - Newcastle, England 2013 on: April 25, 2013, 04:33:46 am
We at Makerspace @ Newcastle will be setting up on Friday as well.

We've got a Ed's Arduino laser game and Iain's RF based Railing signals as well as Pi stuff.

Looking forward to it :-)
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