This is my latest fun project which I worked on in collaboration with Rolly Seth.
The device reflects the status of ‘Skype for Business’ (which is an enterprise equivalent of Skype and comes with the office suit of Microsoft). The main goal behind designing this device is to use this agent to increase the productivity of the employees in the organization. Having these device on the top of the cubicles displaying their status which can be easily interpreted by others, can help the employees to have control over their time by reducing interruptions from others . So, now employees can work in an open and collaborative environment and can have a control over their time (by choosing do not disturb/busy status) on the ‘skype for business’ application.
It has a microcontroller inside the devices which takes data serially from the laptop and then actuates the RGB LED on board. FTDI chip is used between laptop and the microcontroller (USB-serial).
On the laptop, a Windows background service runs in the background and constantly pulls that status of the user using ‘Skype for Business’ API’s.
The outer casing has been designed and 3D printed in view that it will give the device a cool form factor for them to use.
On my last night at Cambridge, I wanted to design something using the laser cutters in the lab and useless machine was the first that popped-up in my mind. I stayed overnight in the lab to create this epic shit.
Our team ‘Wizminds’ presented ‘Wizitank’ at Microsoft Imagine Cup Poland. The vehicle is designed to handle low intensity conflicts and to to navigate through rugged terrains. It operated in two modes, autonomous and manual.
This development board developed by our team ‘Wizminds Tech’ to conduct workshops for students of our college who were eager to learn basic robotics skills (but later we took it to teach other college students as well). Various sensors can be connected to the microcontroller directly or to the op-amp on board. Here are the features of the board:
1. Microcontroller: AT89s52
2. OpAmp: Volatage comparator (LM324)
3. Current Driver: L293D (Max. driving current 1 amp)
4. Bridge Rectifier and volatage regulator
5. In-circuit programming
(Note: IC have been removed in the photograph)
To teach and to get students up to the speed of learning microcontroller based circuits, at TechnoPlanet some development boards.The above one is based on PIC microcontroller. The project name was seismozone. Here are the specs of the board:
1. PIC16F844A Microcontroller
2. In circuit programming
3. On board DB9 Female connector (with MAX232 to convert RS232 logic to TTL)
4. Real Time Clock (DS1307)
5. All IO pins available to use
6. 16×2 LCD
7. Input Power: 8-12V
8. 4 way dip switch connected to the microcontroller
9. On board 10k pullup for PORT A
Developed in 2009
Here are the two of initial robots that we developed for participating in the Robowars competitions nation wide.
First one is for under 20 kg category. Having weight 19.8 kg and fitted with very high torque DC motors, the small beast is capable of quite easily dragging other robots out of the ring. This simple looking structure has won several titles at various National College technical festivals.
Second one, participated in the under 40 kg category at Techfest, IIT Bombay (2009). The robot can lift up upto 40 kg of weight and can dent & cut opponents with the tool attached. The picture above shows the robot which was damaged after fighting several round in the competitions. We are amongst the top 16 teams out of around 300 participating teams .
While participating in the national level Robotics competition in various categories like Robowars, underwater, on the surface of water, pic n drop object; the main hassle our team used to face was of wires. So, I decided that we will go wireless. Hence, after a bit of research, I developed the transmitter receiver pair using HT12E as an encoder and HT12 D as the decoder IC. Here is a brief of specs:
1. 256 channels using DIP switch: Tx and Rx module should have the same configuration of of the DIP switch inorder to communicate with each other. 8 Switches in a DIP prive 256 (2^8) configurations. Hence, a total of 256 pairs can work simultaneously without interference.
2. 4 ON/OFF switch: The module can be used as a remote control with the 4 swtiches provided on transmitter.
3. Current Driver: Received has L293D onboard which can drive a maximum of 1A to drive motor for small robots or any other output device in the given range.
4. External Antennas: Both the module have external antennas and RF circuit.
5. Input Power: 8-12V
6. Frequency: 433 MHz
This is the circuit board which I made during my initial days of playing with microcontrollers. The microcontroller used in the circuit is 8051 (AT89s52). Here are the specs of the board:
1. Serial communication (RS232): DB9 connector is provided on board and MAX232 IC is used for converting TTL to RS232 logic levels.
2. LCD: 16 pin connector for 16×2 LCD.
3. In Circuit Programming: A 5 pin male connector (white connector in picture above) is provided for burning the hex file directly from the DB25 port of the PC. The connector exposes MISO, MOSI, GND, VCC and SCK from the board. I made a custom cable to connect the circuit to the DB25 port of the PC.
4. IO Pins: All 32 pins are available to use. With this circuit I connected Ultrasonic sensor (PING) which works on PWM mode.