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JTAGWhisperer: Arduino as a XSVF programmer

February 5, 2012

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Dangerous Prototypes features an interesting project, that is similar to my JTAGduino idea. JTAGWhisperer is a solution to program FPGAs and CPLDs using Arduino and a small client-side Python script. It reads files in the XSVF format, which stands for Xilinx Serial Vector Format and is one of the formats used to program Xilinx chips. […]

Bruce Perens on Open Source Hardware

February 1, 2012

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Linux Conference Australia, Ballarat 2012. The creator of Busybox and co-founder of Debian makes a compelling and rational argument about who should speak for Open Source, and then offers a hopeful perspective on the new frontiers of Open Source Hardware. He is convinced that today there’s plenty of enabling factors to make Open Source Hardware […]

Ongoing project: Arduino as a JTAG adapter

January 7, 2012

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I started a project to try to useĀ Arduino as a JTAG interface to perform debugging, programming and scans. The objective is to have a setup like the following diagram: The complete project should include: Arduino sketch OpenOCD integration Python API Arduino shield with common connectors etc. In particular the shield should have: Level shifters between […]

Unboxing Zephyr HxM heart sensor

June 18, 2011

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I recently bought a Bluetooth cardio sensor, the Zephyr Hxm. Its selling points for me were the ability to use it together with my Android smartphone and the fact that Zephyr encourages developers to access its functionality through an open SDK. The package contains: The sensor, which is very light but feels sturdy. On the […]

A thesis on Arduino

April 18, 2011

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I’m reading an interesting university thesis on Arduino, from Fabio Varesano’s blog, that I follow: My MoS Thesis: Using Arduino for Tangible Human Computer Interaction | Varesano.net. This thesis is a useful resource especially for people with a Computer Science background; it can generate many project ideas and arm any hobbyist with the tools to […]

Bus Blaster v2 JTAG debugger

April 17, 2011

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Dangerous Prototypes recently announced the availability of the open source Bus Blaster v2 in their shop (here the announcement). The Bus Blaster is an USB tool to debug microcontrollers and embedded cores in general, and its design is completely open source. I already did a post on the first version of the Bus Blaster, but […]

Salvaging an old stationary bike RPM sensor

March 20, 2011

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I had to dispose of an old stationary bike that little by little fell apart. Before throwing it away I wanted to see if I could salvage something from its simple electronics. The bike has a sensor that somehow detects the rotation of the crankset and then is used to display the RPM on a […]

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