Our first workshop for this year took place couple of weeks ago in Plovdiv at Hackafe. It was part of a much larger event about microcontrollers, robotics and internet-of-things.
This time, it was for 2 days and in 3 parts.
Part 1 (day 1) was an introduction to the microcontrollers for everyone that was just starting – short 30 minutes presentation and then discussions about various problems that one may experience while working with input/output. It was interesting to see some observation by people that have no much experienced about buttons and the noise that they may produce, then … how do we do debouncing.
Part 2 (day 2) was soldering. Everyone got Tinusaur Starter 2 kit. No one had difficulties assembling the board – there’s no much you can get wrong with this board.
One of my friends shot a timelapse at one of the tables.
Part 3 (day 2) was the fun part.
We wrote the blinking LED program – that was easy.
Then we started experimenting.
As it is an old Bulgarian custom to wear Martenitsa in March we made some blinking ones with the Tinusaur.
We also managed to play polyphonic tunes using ELM – Wavetable Melody Generator.
But the most unusual thing we did was to make an old floppy disk drive play a melody.
Thanks to Vencislav Atanasov (https://github.com/user890104) for the idea.
The inspiration was from Moppy – the Musical Fl oppy by SammyIAm.
Oh, by the way, incase you’ve not heard it yet 🙂 …
We have recently launched a Tinusaur crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo so if you like what we’re doing please support us at http://igg.me/at/tinusaur.