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Old 07-30-2012, 08:43 PM   #21
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Hi Jimmay,

Without derailing the epicness of this thread, how did you learn all of this Arduino stuff? I've taken C classes in college, but I feel I'm missing the whole "hands on wires" experience. Any tips for getting into playing with boards/controllers/etc? What resources did you use? I can't help but think you were an EE major or something professionally related.

But this stuff, is simply stunning. Great work.

 
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:53 PM   #22
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I have something similar to this controlling my system. It's more of a controller than a monitor though. I can set temps on my fermentation chambers or my hlt from my phone. I found heroku.com and pushed the web serving there. That way my phone (or any browser for that matter) can poll the heroku app, and the Arduino (actually a Fez Panda) can poll the heroku app at the same time.

Love seeing all the Arduino posts lately.
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:07 PM   #23
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Hi Jimmay,

Without derailing the epicness of this thread, how did you learn all of this Arduino stuff? I've taken C classes in college, but I feel I'm missing the whole "hands on wires" experience. Any tips for getting into playing with boards/controllers/etc? What resources did you use? I can't help but think you were an EE major or something professionally related.

But this stuff, is simply stunning. Great work.

I was wondering the same, but also, what was the total cost of the parts for the project?

 
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:19 PM   #24
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Im just getting started with Arduino and my Arduino/Android controlled brewing setup. The best way to get involved is to buy an arduino (around $30-$60) and start following the tutorials on arduino.cc (as well as sparkfun.com and adafruit.com) start with simple things like turning an LED on/off and the 1-wire temp probe is another great tutorial. Once you get the basics down, expanding to the more complex stuff is easier. Dive in with a starter kit to get you started.
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:35 AM   #25
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Im just getting started with Arduino and my Arduino/Android controlled brewing setup. The best way to get involved is to buy an arduino (around $30-$60) and start following the tutorials on arduino.cc (as well as sparkfun.com and adafruit.com) start with simple things like turning an LED on/off and the 1-wire temp probe is another great tutorial. Once you get the basics down, expanding to the more complex stuff is easier. Dive in with a starter kit to get you started.
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Without derailing the epicness of this thread, how did you learn all of this Arduino stuff? I've taken C classes in college, but I feel I'm missing the whole "hands on wires" experience. Any tips for getting into playing with boards/controllers/etc? What resources did you use? I can't help but think you were an EE major or something professionally related.
I do not have a degree of any sort, but I was involved in hardware / software design in embedded systems for the better part of 30 years. I was lucky in that some good people recognized my knack for this stuff and gave me the opportunity to give it a try. I've worked on most of the early microprocessors (1802, 8008, 8080, Z-80, 6800, 6502, 8031, 8051) and have programmed in multiple languages (basic, pascal, ada, assembly, C, C++, etc). My last job was writing bare-metal code for touch-screen multi-game casino gaming machines for a well-known gaming company.

I have not been coding or designing for pay since 1999, but have kept my hand in with projects at home, including a distributed DVR using Linux\MythTv (7 simultaneous recording channels with 6 terabytes of storage), and web and mail servers that I use to host my and some close friends websites. The arduino caught my eye about 3 months ago, and I've been playing with it since.

As to cost, I really haven't been keeping track. I've bought several different boards to see what combination works best for me, and am still figuring that out
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:28 PM   #26
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wow, just wow... i wish i knew enough to make this happen at my house! awesome!

 
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:29 PM   #27
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Ohmed out the I2C Expander board, breadboarded one up, and modified the driver library. Now I can control up to eight RGB LCD displays and 40 buttons with one Arduino Mega.
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:57 AM   #28
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Marking this so I remember. I built a small PCB board that takes a dual RJ45 jack and an on board DS18B20. Basically, I can use it as an inline sensor and run rj45 cabes between them.

 
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:39 PM   #29
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Is it really that hard to roll up the shutters? Really nice and thanks for sharing your code!

 
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:19 PM   #30
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Well, the 320x240 Shield I found and showed here is no longer available, and the library for it has disappeared.

I got mine working with the network updates and datalogging, but it's pretty much useless to anyone else.

oh well...

On a different note, I'm having a sample run of the addressable RGB-LCD-I2C boards done, so we'll see how that turns out.
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