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Blogs about Research Phase

Blogs about Research Phase

  • Creating the 6 DoF Platform - Pt3


    In this, the final in a series of 3 articles, we discuss the finishing touches to the platform, and the conversion of the microcnntroller to a PIC based system and Matrix's own hardware.


    • Creating the 6 DoF Platform – Pt2


      In this follow-up blog article we will discuss how we created an Android based application to run on a tablet which transmitted XY rotation data out over Bluetooth to our Arduino. We will also discuss the Bluetooth module we attached to our Arduino and how this was programmed in Flowcode. Finally, we will discuss how we created the maze structure for the top of the platform using 3D design Software and a laser cutter.


      • New Flowcode Component; Wireless Things/ Ciseco - SRF Module


        We recently had a chance meeting with a UK based company called Wireless Things (formerly known as Ciseco) who introduced us to their range of products. To sum it up, they have 2 main lines that were of immediate interest to us; an RF module, called an SRF, which connects via the UART and allows very simple transmission of data over some impressive distances.


        • Hands-on with the Panasonic NFC Tag Development Kit

          Andrew Back

          The Panasonic MN63Y12xx are a series of RFID tag ICs with built-in non-volatile memory, for use in near field communications (NFC). In this post we run through some of the examples provided with the Panasonic development kit and the SSOP packaged 1210A variant IC.


          • Creating the 6 DoF Platform - Pt1


            About 6 months ago we were invited by RS Components and DesignSpark to help exhibit on their stand at the Electronica exhibition in Germany. The requirements; create a demonstration which would showcase our software and its benefit in rapid prototyping, it had to run using the Arduino hardware platform and be interactive for exhibition visitors. Luckily for us, our Flowcode software is ideally suited to rapid prototyping, and programming Arduino devices is just as simple. Coincidence? Perhaps not.


            • The 6th Robot Design Contest in HKUST


              Cross-cultural and discipline Students Celebrated Success in the 6th Robot Design Contest The 6th Robot Design Contest was held on 24th November 2014 which marked a great beginning of 2014-15 HKUST Robotics Team!


              • The Beagle has Landed & Lunar Mission One Takes Off

                Bill Marshall

                On Christmas Day 2003 a sizeable proportion of the UK public joined Professor Colin Pillinger in the anxious wait to hear a tune composed by the band Blur, emanating from the Planet Mars. It would have signalled the successful arrival of the UK space probe Beagle 2 on the surface. We never got to hear the tune: Beagle 2 had vanished.