.NET softwired

Tetris for Tahoe-II board

Pavel Bánský made this great game and demo application for the Tahoe classic (Tahoe I) development board last year. Since then a new version of the development board from Device Solutions has come out and they switched the screen from portrait to landscape mode. They also made some changes to how you reference the buttons on the board. So in order to make the Tetris game run on the Tahoe-II, I have made some adaptations. Here are a few pictures of it. It runs in the Tahoe-II emulator as well. You can download the adapted code from here: MicroTetris3.zip (41.00 kb) All credits to Pavel for a great program. Peter

Maxstream XBee RF module documentation

I have digged out the specifications for the Maxstream XBee RF modules, which I received as part of the "Dare To Dream Different" competition package. Please note that there is also a Zigbee variant of these modules. The ones I received are 802.15.4 versions. I'm not currently sure of the differences, so you have to look that up yourself if you need it. You can find the specs. and other information here: 1. XBee XB24-AWI-001 802.15.4 module product manual. 2. XBee XBIB-U-DEV development board diagram. 3. USB driver for Windows (for the development board) Peter

Dare To Dream Different hardware arrived today

Yihaa, today I received a package with the MF development board and other stuff. The package contains the Tahoo-II development board from Device Solutions, a USB cable, 2 XBee 802.15.4 radio modules from Maxstream and an XBee development board so that one of the radio modules can be connected to a PC on the USB port.  There was no USB cable for the XBee development board and there is no documentation on the XBee stuff at all! I will probably also need a USB driver for that board. - Well I guess that I just have to find it on the Internet... XBee dev. board to the left and Tahoo-II board to the right. Two XBee radio modules on the top.   The backside of the Tahoo-II board - the Meridian MF processor in the lower left corner.   The Meridian processor board is not much bigger than a standard SD memory card!      Close up on the two XBee modules.   &n... [More]

Dare To Dream Different contest - Round 1

Have you heard about the  .NET Micro Framework "Dare To Dream Different" competition? - Of course you have... (Me too). To get started I just had to come up with a great idea for a design to be built with the Micro Framework and Microsoft will give me the necessary hardware to get started (That is if I am selected to go on to round 2). OK, this chance will propably not come again for a very long time, so think, think... What kind of design should I come up with???  I had been circling around this competition for weeks but could not come up with a good design idea. I could see that the deadline came closer and closer, so I had to come up with something and my mind was all blank. This was a chance to get some real hardware to play with and maybe even win some of the other prices in the competition.  The last week before the deadline (December 15th), I managed to brainstorm a list of 14 different designs that I thought could be fu... [More]