Category Archives: Robotics

NETMF Joystick Shield Driver

Adding a joystick to your NETMF device is easy with the Sparkfun joystick shield and the following code. /* Copyright 2011 William Stacey Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the “License”); you may not use this file except in … Continue reading

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Simple servo control from FEZ

If you just need the easiest possible way to hook up a servo to FEZ, it does not get easier then this.  No breadboards, mosfets, or resistors.  Just hook the servo wires into the fez and control.  If your servo … Continue reading

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NETMF electronic speed controller (ESC)

Here is a basic speed controller if you want to replace your RC receiver with your .Net Micro Framework  controller.  I don’t have working ESC to test with currently, so this may need some tweaking.  Please let me know if … Continue reading

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Connect COM port(s) to FEZ via USB

DB9 serial ports on laptops are becoming extinct.  But you may want to add another COM port to your FEZ so as not to interfere with the Debug interface. You can use CDC virtual COM port, but then you need … Continue reading

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Fritzing–Your virtual breadboard

The forums pointed me to the coolest little virtual breadboard tool called Fritzing. Download here http://fritzing.org.  It is still in Alpha, but already very useful as seen below.  It is more a documentation tool as it does not do any … Continue reading

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Connecting the Pololu TB6612FNG Dual motor driver to FEZ

Not a lot to say here.  It seems like a great little controller for $8.50 bucks.  Now wondering why I also bought a $45 controller.  This thing will handle up to 3A per channel (1amp continuous) and 13.5V.  Stout little … Continue reading

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Cap your motors

To reduce motor noise, remember to also install caps on your motors like so: 1) Use ceramic cap(s) between terminals.  Use ceramic cap. Not polarized.2) Solder another 0.1uF cap between each motor lead and the motor case.3) Twist motor leads.  … Continue reading

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