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I created a port of the Arduino software to the LumiNet hardware.

This hardware uses an attiny84 mcu and has an ultra bright rgb LED onboard.

We call this an organic, interactive illumination network. Because the main task is illumination (on clothes or on walls for example), it uses a network topology, it is bio-inspired (or organic) and should interact with humans and the environment.

For this project, I wrote a new Arduino core for the attiny84 chip.
And the Arduino IDE was extended in order to support attiny chips. The current implementation is based on Arduino0013.

For example, the jacket you see on our website has 80 luminet nodes attached and you can upload different sketches to it. The sketches are uploaded by a PC running the Arduino software or by using special nodes, the so called vector nodes. The sketch infects the network like a virus, we call this programming by infection. So the same sketch runs on each node and each node has it's own micorcontroller and rgb LED and communicates with four neighbors.

You can find details on our website: http://www.luminet.cc

Details will follow if you are interested.


Interested in more info! Very cool.
- Jerry Adlersfluegel


Mar 09, 2009, 04:32 pm Last Edit: Mar 09, 2009, 04:33 pm by bohne Reason: 1
I took a photo that compares the LilyPad Arduino and a LumiNet node.

As you can see, the attiny84 (the black square on the right device) is smaller than the atmega168 that is used by the LilyPad Arduino. The white box on the LumiNet node is the ultra bright rgb-LED. You can also see 4 pins in each direction. They are used to connect LumiNet nodes with each other. One of the four pins is Vcc and one pin is GND. The remaining two pins are used for communication.

The three (diagonal) pins on the lower left corner and the three pins on the upper right corner are used for ISP programming when needed. If the jumper is removed, the three pins on the lower left corner can also be used as I/O pins. So LumiNet has 8+3 = 11 I/O pins.


Mar 09, 2009, 04:48 pm Last Edit: Mar 09, 2009, 07:03 pm by bohne Reason: 1
In order to get the attiny84 chip running with the Arduino IDE, some modifications must be made to the source code of the IDE. After this, the IDE has to be recompiled of course.

Based on revision 557 (from March 7th, 2009 - which is Arduino0014), I created a patch that contains the following changes:
* Compile .S assembler files in the target directory. Should also work with assembler files in the sketch directory, but this was not tested. Important: use a capital S as your file extension!(Changes in Complier.Java and Target.java)
* Burn bootloader using STRG+B shortcut. Select the ISP programmer in the Tools->Burn Bootloader menu and this programmer will be remembered until you change it. (Changes in Editor.java)
* Sketches for cores that are based on attiny chips will get uploaded (Changes in AvrdudeUploader.java)
* Programming by infection - the upload mechanism using the LumiNet bootloader - is supported (Changes in AvrdudeUplioader.java and new source: LuminetUploader.java)
* youboardname.upload.protocol=stk500v2 in boards.txt made some trouble here with an original stk500v2 board, fixed this issue (AvrdudeUploader.java)

The patch can be found here:
(sorry, wrong patch until 09.03.2009 19:03 MEZ)


Is there any interest in more pictures or videos?

Or is the project not interesting because it does not use the official Arduino hardware?

I could show the "programming by infection" bootloader process or a connected network of nodes that to some rgb fading. Or maybe you have some idea what LumiNet should be able to do?

Just ask your questions or provide feedback, this will improve the LumiNet research project a lot.

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