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31  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Arduino Forum and Windows Phone 8. Works good with specific steps. on: January 16, 2014, 12:29:12 am
There is an error where the fórum software appends a Token=?* id to the end of the URL and renders navigation imposible.
There are a series of steps one must follow to stop this behavior.  It's been observed accross many browsers and OS platforms. A real pain.

Thankfully, Windows Phone 8 appears to be least I cannot replicate the problema.
32  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Can I use an Atmega in my project on: January 16, 2014, 12:16:38 am
It's pretty neat how many of us are moving in this direction.  Using Arduino to supplant or augment PLCs and Industrial Controllers.

Getting whatever you build to support an OPC, CANBUS or MODBUS interface really opens it up to the world of measurement, automation and controls.

I'm  looking at a couple of MODBUS and OPC libraries for DUE now, hoping to get them working. Arduino makes for a very nice intelligent transmitter for sensors and analyzers.

Rob, have you looked at this?
33  Products / Arduino Due / Re: DUE OPC Communication on: January 15, 2014, 08:07:17 pm
I am moving in this direction myself... as well as MODBUS for PLCs... for a controller I am building.
I am downloading it for testing now. Thank you for making it available. It will be wonderful when you have it working over Ethernet or WiFi.
34  Community / Website and Forum / Arduino Forum and Windows Phone 8. Works good with specific steps. on: January 14, 2014, 11:51:44 pm
Initially I had some difficulty with the forum using Windows Phone 8's built in Internet explorer on my Nokia Lumia 920.
I could not get the Forum link on the Support tab of the menu bar to take me to the forums.

Now, I do this:
1 Goto and Login.
2 Goto the address bar and manually type
3 Enjoy trouble free forum participation without the 'token' headaches I receive on my desktop.

Hope that helps someone. The 920 has a 1280x768 resolution. In landscape mode the forums are very readable.

35  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Re: Simplest/Cheapest Microcontroller with Native IP (Internet Protocol) on: January 11, 2014, 02:12:45 am
Perhaps you could look at the BeagleBoard Black? Completely different than  Arduino (runs Linus, uses Java for programming). However, it uses the same Ti chip (Sitara) that the TRE has adopted.
36  Development / Suggestions for the Arduino Project / Re: Updates/Comments on Library Structure Progress for Arduino IDE 1.5.X on: January 03, 2014, 03:58:48 pm
I appreciate having Access to the discussions that are occuring on the Arduino Group. Ditto for GitHub.

Eventually, just looking for a high level summary of the proposed changes to the Library Structure (rev 3+), the introduction of the "Library Manager", how this is all will aide in backwards/forward compatibality as well as Library/Hardware dependency determination. Hoping to see a "Guidelines for Writing Arduino Libraries" come out of your efforts as well.

Thanks for your hardwork.

37  Development / Suggestions for the Arduino Project / Updates/Comments on Library Structure Progress for Arduino IDE 1.5.X on: January 02, 2014, 07:20:29 pm
I've seen the dialogue on the Google Groups and Github regarding the changes to the Library Structure for Arduino IDE 1.5.X.
However, in the last 60 days there are at least 5 different threads on the Library Structure of the Arduino Development Environment in the Google Groups. I'm not even sure which is worth following. We have the Rev1 spec, recently released Rev2 spec and we know this will ultimately result in the reléase of a Rev3 spec. We're are seeing suggestions that you might even add the new library structures to the old 1.0.X IDE.

Anyway, could you folks place a nice series of Updates/Comments here for folks to read. It sure would be nice to know which direction this is going on?  Furthermore...the Library Manager... do we have to wait for Arduino IDE 2.0.X for that? Or will it follow closely behind the R3 reléase of the new (1.5 world) library structures.

38  Using Arduino / Displays / Vizic SmartGPU2 480X320 LCD w/ Audio. Uno y Due compatible. on: December 19, 2013, 02:56:18 pm
I received an email from Vizic about their newest Smart LCD.
(I have used the original 2.4" 320X240 model successfully on the UNO and found it so easy to work with).

This SmartGPU2 is interesting for a couple of different reasons:
1. 4280X320 is a decent resolution.
2. Has a  Touch Screen.
3. Has a SDCard interface that supports 32bit fat long file names (display .jpg and .bmp and play .vid and .wav)
4. Has an audio controller with a built in 3.5 Jack or you can use pins.
5. Has a configurable pwn backlight (for dimming).
6. The libraries support geometries and primitives similar to Henning LCD libraries
7 3.3v and 5v I/O compatible.
8 Uses the Arduino serial interface, simply passing commands to the onboard host controller.
9 Host controller is an Atmel ARM Cortex 3M processor (similar to DUE), that does the heavy lifting for the file system, video, audio and touch.
10 $125 USD Price.

The gotcha, straight away is the Price. But there are a few cases where this is not a bad deal. Particularly in an advanced application where one was considering seperating UI elements from Control elements.... ei... two independent Arduinos....linked together.  A cheap ColdTears LCD 3.5" is $33. A Shield is $10, A cheap audio solution is $5, a cheap Arduino Mega clone is $20. So you're up to $70 already, but it's a hodge podge of parts that you must integrate. If your building a one off or a few protypes... the extra $50 is probably not a bad deal for the integration and simplification. I love the idea of just using a few pins on one DUE and that's it.

I've written the company and asked them if they are considering adopting a 5" 800X480 panel and applying the entire feature set of their SmartGPU2 3.5" 480X3420LCD model.

Has anyone used this product?
39  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Suggestion: Energy Supply and Conservation (under Using Arduino) Topic on: December 18, 2013, 11:57:28 pm
I was hoping this idea would get more traction.

I've had so much difficulty logging into the fórums, I couldn't put up any helpful info. So frustrating.

Anyway, I've got some solar cells and lithium batteries coming. (logistics are challenging now that I live deeper in Mexico, in the mountains). Some ítems landed in my mailbox in Tucson and a visiting friend is hauling them down on Monday (a 10 hour trip - one way). I've determined that the hobby project I'm working on needs to go off the grid. That means power supply and conservation have just become big priorities.

40  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Explorer 9, tokens and on: December 18, 2013, 11:49:32 pm
This is getting ugly.
I haven't been able to log onto Arduino in probably a week.
Today, I tried for more tan an hour.

Here is what did it.. I followed your directions... but I did not close All explorer Windows.

I opened a Blank Tab... Then I closed the Arduino Tab (the one I did the F12 trick following a login).
After taht, I typed in on the Blank Tab... noted I was still logged in.
Selected Fórums... and it went... without the Token garbage.

Exassperating. This needs to be fixed. What worked today... was not what I was doing a week ago.

41  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Explorer 9, tokens and on: December 04, 2013, 04:41:07 pm
Exactly. That is precisely what is necessary with Internet Explorer 11. Your step by step approach is much better than my "just do this" advice. Thank you for taking the time to help folks out by eliminating so much of the trial and error frustration.
42  Community / Website and Forum / Suggestion: Energy Supply and Conservation (under Using Arduino) Topic on: December 04, 2013, 04:33:29 pm
I'd like to recommend a new Topic under the Using Arduino Section of the Arduino Fórums.

Energy Supply and Conservation.
This could cover every thing from Solar and Battery Technology, as well as Energy Conservation methods for your Microcontrollers and Shields. We could cover Sleep methods, Wake Methods, etc... Disabling/Enabling functionality when unneeded, etc...

This topic needs specific focus, especially as we begin to network our Arduinos to the outside world or place them in remote locations. We can't be running wall warts everywhere, nor constantly changing batteries. All of us need to borrow ideas from one another specific to supplying and conserving energy. Hardware and Software ideas alike can be shared.

I would put it right between General Electronics and Microcontrollers.
43  Products / Arduino Due / Re: Connecting an Ethernet PHY to Arduino Due on: December 04, 2013, 02:35:13 pm
That's just an incredible piece of work! Thanks for sharing.
44  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Explorer 9, tokens and on: December 04, 2013, 02:26:13 pm
no. when I take the token off.... it only returns.

F12, Clear Cookies for Domain is what Works for me...
Then I have to open the fórum up in a NEW TAB and close the former tab.
45  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Explorer 9, tokens and on: November 28, 2013, 03:12:50 pm
This 'token' issue is has become so bad it's preventing me from participating on the fórums.

I've tried logging on for 3 days now.  Today, I suspect the barometric pressure, solar orbit, moon phase and the interwebs were fully aligned, permitting me to succesfully login and Access the fórums. Wow.

In Win 7 with Internet Explorer, this is what I do:

1. Sign in.... selecting Show All Content.
2. Go to Fórums.... wait for the token garbage.
3. Hit F12... Go to Network section of Options.... Clear Browser Cache only... Don't delete cookies or anything else... just select Clear Browser Cache.
4. Open a NEW instance of Internet Explorer as a new page (not a new tab...but a new page).
5. Go arduino...  GO to Fórums... You should be there.

I think.... I tried so many different things today... but I think that's the combo that finally yielded.
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