Saturday, 21 March 2009

Strange Weather

Something strange outside.
Its a Saturday morning, the suns shining from an almost cloudless blue sky and the temperature is quite reasonable too for 9-10 in the morning.

Just hope it stays like it for the rest of the day (or even the weekend)

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

New Toy

Just invested in some more PIC programming hardware.

This unusual device is a PIC on a small circuit board, along with a USB socket and a build in bootloader.
This means the device can be programmed without any extra hardware. Just connect it directly to the PC.
Uses either a small programming utility to upload the asm code or from within flowcode.

The ECIO can be plugged into this project board to allow it to be used with the Matrix Multimedia E Blocks.

Power can be taken from either the USB cable or a seperate power supply.
5 V input to the screw terminals or 13.5 V to the coax socket top right.
An interesting feature is the use of a bridge rectifier on the DC input socket. This allows
either polarity to be used.

The ECIO40 module inserted in the development board.

As with all the Matrix Multimedia hardware, they are very high quality and excellent value for money.
I've still got more of the E-Blocks on the shopping list.
Just waiting for version 4 of flowcode to be released.