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Equip your classroom of geniuses. Robots, UAVs, & programming kits for STEM education. BASIC Stamp/Propeller/Arduino. Open Source Hardware.
Equip your classroom of geniuses. Robots, UAVs, & programming kits for STEM education. BASIC Stamp/Propeller/Arduino. Open Source Hardware.

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New Parallax Badge Gets Zombie Makeover #WearableWednesday  
https://blog.adafruit.com/2015/09/30/new-parallax-badge-gets-a-zombie-makeover-wearablewednesday/

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the Open Hardware Summit in my hometown of Philly. The first thing I did was make a mad dash looking for an electronic badge. Luckily I found it at the Parallax table and Ken Gracey himself quickly programmed it for me. We shared our love of geek badges and then he explained why this particular badge is such a big deal. This one is supposed to be the universal badge hackable for any conference. Could this mark the end of my E-badge collecting?

As you can tell by the size, there is a lot happening here. There is a contact management system that allows you to send your key info by pressing the Open Source Hardware symbol (nice touch).  You know you’ve successfully exchanged info by the flash of RGB LEDs surrounding the main display. Those same LEDs are also used in one of my fave applications—the accelerometer. There’s also an A/V jack and plenty of room for prototyping. Programming can be done with various Propeller options or the C Simple IDE.  So, here’s where the fun comes in, according to Hackaday Mark Riley has already developed a zombie apocalypse game called IRZombies. It uses the same IR tech from the contact management system.

Upon receiving the badge, the user chooses to be either a zombie or survivor. Pressing the resistive buttons attacks, heals, or infects others over IR. The game is your standard zombie apocalypse affair: zombies infect survivors, survivors attack zombies and heal the infected, and the infected turn into zombies.

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#Wearables   #wearabletech   #ohs2015   #opensource   #tech  
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I'm far away from home (and far away from +The Western Design Center, Inc.​​​ by the way) and my L-Star (1) project stopped working, the Propeller on the circuit board isn't responding.

Though I happen to be in a location close to +Parallax Incorporated​​​, I didn't want to wait to get new hardware delivered to work on the project, so I went to Fry's Electronics in Sacramento this afternoon and bought a Propeller Education Kit (2) which is basically a breadboard, a Propeller, some parts, some wires and a great book by +Andy Lindsay​​​.

I built the L-Star project on the breadboard and got the Apple-1 emulator clock to work in an hour or so (including wiring up the Propeller). My first 6502 computer on a breadboard and I really can't make the circuit any simpler than this (at least not unless I emulate the 6502 in an FPGA or something)

Next task: make an OSI Superboard emulator run on it. Extra handicap: no video output available for now. But even though the 6502 on the OSI had direct access to video memory and I have code that I wrote for Vince Briel's superboard project, to emulate the video and keyboard, it should also be possible to make it work with only a serial port, judging from Grant Searle's UK101 page (3). Challenge accepted :)

Until I get that to work, here are some wire pr0n pictures...

(1) https://www.github.com/JacGoudsmit/L-Star
(2) http://www.parallax.com/product/32305
(3) http://searle.hostei.com/grant/uk101/uk101.html
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Hacking cars and traffic lights at Def Con and "the flashiest badge ever seen at a conference" http://bbc.in/1mv0WFG via BBC News

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The local Sacramento Bee newspaper today reported on Parallax's open source release of the Propeller 1 Design and its use in the DEFCON 22 badges.  You can find the Open Source information on the Parallax site here: http://www.parallax.com/microcontrollers/propeller-1-open-source

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We've added a third small robot kit to our lineup. Which one is right for you? http://bit.ly/1nKxz66 #STEM

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Got that robot feeling? Compare our small robot kits for BASIC Stamp, Propeller, and Arduino. http://bit.ly/1lXJece

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The Parallax office space has become a maker space! Watch the trasnformation:  http://bit.ly/UBPLnj

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Super cool project! "Amazing Maze Race" electronic maze installation uses the multicore Propeller microcontroller. http://bit.ly/SR1fSG
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