Well I’ve been bit lapse. This post is supposed to written in July.

Another year, another Maker Faire. Yes! for this year it is nolonger “Mini Maker Faire”, we’ve just upgraded to the full fledged “Maker Faire” event. As Singapore Maker Faire has grown 10 times compare to 3 year ago, I am not able to cover every single booth or exhibit in the event. I only write about those I’m interested in. Continue reading

Bean Loader

During last year’s blackfriday sale I was introduced to the epic Lightblue Bean “Cheaper than a turkey” promotion. I grabbed two beans during a group buy spree. A week later’s The AmpHour interview with Colin Karpfinger justifies that my purchase is not purely impulsive. However I did make a mistake. I was under the impression that a Mac computer is sufficient to program the bean, but actually only recently Macs are supported, whereas my “Late 2010” Macbook Air is on the exclusion list due to the lack of Bluetooth 4.0 / Low Energy profile.

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JTAG connected

For the holiday season I get myself an AVR JTAGICE3. Holding the new shiny emulator and a bunch of Arduino boards, what shall I do? Of course to hop onto the all-hail Atmel Studio and ditch the toy-alike Arduino software. Reason being? Debugging Arduino code with serial console is no fun. I need my single steps, breakpoints and watches back. In fact the Arduino boards seems to be more valuable (to me) without the software. The onboard ISP connector seems to be standard and it “just works” with JTAGICE3. Well, I had this “just works” impression until I tried it on the new Arduino Micro board… Continue reading

3D design of OLED test jig

During last (Chinese) year end shopping frenzy I grabbed some OLED display panels, hoping to boost the presentation of my projects.  The panel model is UG-2864ASGGG14, made by “WiseChip Semiconductor Inc.” in Taiwan. Unlike typical LCD modules with complete interface board and 0.1 inch pitch pin headers,  this is a bare panel comes with only the glass and flex PCB connectors.  Continue reading