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pic project for beginner?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Tristar500, Jul 12, 2005.

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  1. Tristar500

    Tristar500 Guest

    Any advice on getting starting in PIC projects? I've put together some
    basic circuits in the past and am looking for something more
    challenging and creative.

    Any good kits? Other suggestions?
  2. What would you like to have after you are done with the project? A
    useful tool? A toy? Do you want any outcome other than education?
    What do you want to learn about? What motivates you?

  3. Tristar500

    Tristar500 Guest

    Hi Jon,

    Perhaps for a first project a circuit that would open and close a
    switch from the signal from a Radio Controlled airplane or car
    receiver. Basically a device that can turn something on and off via a
    commercial radio control unit. There are units out there that do this
    but it sounds like it shouldn't be too hard and is something I could
  4. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

  5. I don't know much about these receivers (almost nothing, really.) But
    my vague memory says that they use pulse coding and are usually hooked
    to a DC servo unit that requires something between say 0.8ms and 2.5ms
    to indicate a rotation of from 0 to 180 degrees. And I think this
    needs to be repeated on something like every 20ms, though I don't have
    any idea what happens if it is repeated on faster cycles (I can guess
    what happens on slower cycling.) Something like that?

    If I got any of that right, then would you like to do something that
    reads this millisecond duty and then operates a relay switch based on
    some given time threshold? Like, say, >1.5ms?

  6. Tristar500

    Tristar500 Guest

    Bike timer might also be a good project!

  7. NecroCapo

    NecroCapo Guest

    U can try Knight Raider Leds

  8. ChadMan

    ChadMan Guest

    What language are you using? PicBasic, Proton, Assembly, C?

    I have had good luck with PicBasic from Melabs. Lots of good stuff including
    easy LCD interfacing, easy button, serial com etc... I had 2 pics each with
    LCDs passing messages back and forth in no time. I used ME labs samples for
    guides and built off of them. The forum offers lots of help too.

    I tried assembly but needed to get going quicker and have no prior
    programming exp...well very little. I suppose I will migrate to C when I
    don't have so many things to do.
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