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31  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Frequently-Asked Questions / Re: arduino / wiring comparison on: March 22, 2006, 12:33:10 pm
a PCB is a printed circuit board. the panel that all the components and the chips are mounted to.

Eagle is a schematic and PCB design and virtual testing program, which gives you a finished PCB layout to send to a manufacture to have made. the files are already available for arduino, so you just send it to someone and get them to make it.

"you can buy only the pcb for the serial version... " means that only the actual PCB is available, not a finished board, so you would need to order the parts and the board and make it yourself.

although you could probably find a chinese company that would build the thing for you given the eagle files and the part list.

hope this helps.

32  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Frequently-Asked Questions / Re: using processing to turn LED on/off on: March 10, 2006, 01:55:01 pm
is there any real reason you want to use processing? as the wiring board could do all this by itself.

theres a tutorial on the wiring website that will do something like this.

hope this helps, if not, and you do want to use processing, then i'll point you in the direction of some of the tutorials that you can cut and paste together to do what you need.


33  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Frequently-Asked Questions / Re: wireless wearable display project on: March 08, 2006, 08:45:48 pm
hello again.

for my project, i'm using nexus led matrix units to prototype the whole thing before building my own custom matrix units based on the same schematic.

the nexus unit is a single colour led matrix with a MAX7219 chip built into it. the chip is designed to run led matrices and displays. theres a few good threads on the wiring site about this chip and the nexus units, and zambetti's code is included with the arduino 003 download.... which is very handy! thank you kind sir.  ;D

your project sounds similar to mine, but i'm creating large modular 2m by 1m screens for an installation. my blog about it is here....

also, theres something like this in make magazines blog,
which is interesting.

hope this helps in some way.


34  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Frequently-Asked Questions / Re: wireless wearable display project on: March 08, 2006, 12:55:49 pm
cool project mate! i like the sound of this.

i'm working on a few LED projects at the moment all using the arduino board, so i'll look out some details for you and post them up.


35  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Frequently-Asked Questions / Re: MAC osx and x86 on: February 06, 2006, 01:25:29 pm
cheers mellis! i reconded it would be fine since its java based, but i thought i'd double check!

i wont be getting my new laptop for a month or two yet david, but i will be installing os x86 on an old pc to see what software issues i get with the rest of my programs, so i'll try installing arduino and see if it works, even if i can just get the ide up and running for the time being i'd be happy.

i'll report back if/when i get anywhere with it. though i may need some help with this, so get yer thinking hats on.... smiley-wink


36  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Frequently-Asked Questions / MAC osx and x86 on: February 06, 2006, 10:03:19 am
now then, i'm a Mac fiend, and for the past 6 years i've been using a 600mhz G3 imac with 256ram. its a good little work horse and handles my video production just fine, even if rendering takes forever.....

anyway, i need a new computer, and just cant afford a decent mac, so i'm thinking of getting a Dell laptop and running Mac OSx86 on it, but does any one know if the arduino software will be supported?

many thanks,

37  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Frequently-Asked Questions / Re: can arduino be a midi board on: January 10, 2006, 01:54:14 pm
the messages from arduino wouldnt be a straight forward midi note/program change, so you would need a MAX/MSP patch (or something simular) to translate the messages sent from the arduino serial/usb port.

if you are looking into making your own midi controller, i've built my own in the past by dismanteling an old midi keyboard and using the PCB with my own switches/buttons in place of the piano keys.

the midismart keyboard is cheap and cheerful for this sort of project, £30 new. or the more expensive deopfer units are excellent for the same application.

hope this helps.

bod.  ;D
38  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Frequently-Asked Questions / Re: newbie questions..... on: January 01, 2006, 07:09:03 pm
cool, cheers david!

will version 3 support wiring code? as theres a good program for running these 8x8 matrices that i found written by zambetti.

thanks, and happy new year!  ;D
39  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Frequently-Asked Questions / Re: newbie questions..... on: December 20, 2005, 08:47:44 pm
so are you actually sending the midi note from the arduino board to an external device?

that sounds interesting!  ;D  is this part of a bigger project?
40  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Frequently-Asked Questions / newbie questions..... on: December 20, 2005, 02:24:30 pm
hello, firstly can i say how impressed i am at this project!! t looks perfect for anumber of projects i have in mind! smiley-grin well done guys!!!!

anyway, i've been reading alot about the wiring and arduino boards, and i'd rather go witht he arduino(mainly cos its cheaper and i wont have to pay import duty).

one project i have in mind is a 16 by 8 led matrix (two 8x8 matrixs hooked together) to display pre programmed patterns upon command via a midi signal from ableton Live. would the arduino board be able to handle two such matrix's?

once i get this sorted, i plan to move the project into bi-colour leds and then full colour leds. would arduino be able to see it all the way through witht he number of outputs it has?

cheers in advance for any help or advice you have, i look forward to hearing from you!! smiley-grin


41  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / congratulations italy!!! on: July 09, 2006, 04:11:11 pm
pity it went to penalties, but i'm sure you're not really caring just now!  

my friend/business partner is italian, he just called to say he won't be in tomorrow......  ;D
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