Aleph 1.0, the Internet-Controlled Microscope Robotic Manipulator

Aleph 1.0 is a remote-controlled robotic manipulator for biological or chemical probes. Its purpose is to allow scientists to safely manipulate and analyze biohazardous or toxic substances, or to simply observe or interact with small probes and/or devices that must be contained in controlled environments. Instructables user kovari_andrei provides a tutorial for doing just that. It uses the chipKIT Pro MX7, and we’re thrilled to see our products being used in such cool ways.

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Richard Wall: Using chipKIT Pro with Stepper Motors

I know it’s around spring break for many of our readers in academia, but here at Digilent, we just can’t get enough of Richard Wall’s work — whether he’s vacationing or not! Last week, we learned about methods of creating software time delays to pace processor operations. That project also demonstrates used time delays for signal conditioning. This laid the groundwork for us to talk about stepper motors and finite state machines this week.

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Richard Wall: I/O Control

Today, we’re going to revisit Richard Wall’s chipKIT Pro module. Last week, we learned how to get started with chipKIT Pro and MPLAB X. This weeks posts covers the methods of reading from and writing to the input and output (I/O) pins of the PIC32 microcontroller. Dr. Wall also presents software modeling concepts using data flow diagrams and control flow diagrams.

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