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Blogs about Design Phase

Blogs about Design Phase

  • Solar Panel Light Tracking System using Flowcode


    Servomotors are handy and practical in today’s robotic and mechatronic systems as they are accurate, easy to wire up and simple to control. Using the EB059 servo motors and the Flowcode programming language we have created a tracking system for solar panels. The program will rotate the solar panels to allow them to point directly at the strongest light source, read on to find out more!


    • Controlling High Powered LEDs using Flowcode


      LED’s have always been a staple component in programming microcontrollers, they are most commonly used as indicators that elements of a program are functioning correctly. However, more people are realising that high powered LED’s have a multitude of uses beyond the simple applications of their lower powered brethren. In this article Ben shows us how to design your circuit to utilise these functional devices.


      • Design & Build


        How to both design and build your very own prototype models using DesignSpark Mechanical CAD software and an EnvisionTEC Micro XL printer.


        • FORTHdsPIC and a ‘Kill Switch’

          Bill Marshall

          In my last post I described how to get FORTdsPIC running on wheels, seeking out light while avoiding bumping into the furniture. In other words making it an autonomous vehicle, admittedly somewhat lacking in intelligence, but able to make directional decisions based on data from its sensors. A feature of such a vehicle is that it starts working from power on, so how do you bring it to a stop without just turning the power off?


          • Matrix MIAC Controlled Door Lock


            Many people don't realise the MIACs potential for real world, everyday applications. In this article readers are shown how the versatile MIAC device, coupled with the powerful programming language of Flowcode, can be used to quickly and easily develop an electronic door lock with password security, and all running at 12V!