Bulk Arduino programming jig

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The creator of the Mirobot has a write-up on a Raspberry Pi-based bulk Arduino programming jig. The setup was created to assist in the building of Mirobots for fulfilling his Kickstarter campaign.

It's essentially as Raspberry Pi that drives 5 USB to serial devices that in turn program an Arduino Pro mini. The bulk programmer uses a lighted button to initiate programming and give status/error/success feedback for each device. All of this is contained in a custom laser cut frame.

Using some custom node.js code, he was able have the programmer program each Arduino independently and concurrently, so that by the time he has mounted the last device, the first one is finished programming.

We're nuts for indie automation and metahacks here at Anibit, so his setup is very impressive and innovative. The Mirobot is a really neat looking device too!

New box design explorer

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This is something we've been cooking for a while, and we're exited to finally unleash this on the masses.

We've developed a system for making parametrized box designs for laser cutting. I've taken a few permutations of parameters and released them in the form of an auto-generated web-app at https://anibit.com/box

You can even download a dxf file template for use if you have access to a laser cutter and would like to make your own.

The whole thing is is alpha right now, there may be problems with the design, but what we've tested so far mostly works.

Please, we really want to hear feedback about this, we have big plans to expand it to cover more things.




Sealed membrane 4x4 button pad with adhesive backing



Is a standard "telephone" style input pad not enough for ya? This just may be the keypad for your next project!

This keypad is similar in operation to our 3x4 button pad, but has an extra column with 4 additional buttons, labeled "A", "B", "C", "D".

It features an adhesive backing, so you can permanently attach it to your project. The input pad is 70mm wide and 77mm high. The 8-line ribbon cable is approximately 65mm long and is terminated with a 8x1 female header, 15mm in length and 20mm wide with standard 2.54 (0.1") spacing.

Price: $3.99

Some Useful Information and Links about the ESP8266

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The ESP8266 ( get them [here] ) is a very low-cost WiFi to serial board for makers that lets you create "Internet of Things" (aka "IoT") devices with low-end hardware, such as Arduinos, mbed, and raw microcontrollers.


You can use a UART device on your Arduino, etc to talk to this board and communicate over to other devices, computers or websites. The hardware on the ESP8266 takes care of all the overhead needed to implement Wifi. You use an "AT" style communication over the serial UART to interact with it, reminiscent of the way dial-up modems over phone lines used to work.

SALE! Get your robot on this Christmas (for the kids, of course)

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The EZ-Robot line of robots is the most premium set products we carry on Anibit. These are really cool, complete robots out-of-the-box. They're not "partial" platforms that you have to design your own robot on top of(which are cool in their own right). But they come with everything you need (except a PC) to have a fully functional robot. If you're more interested in using a robot than designing one, these are definitely the kits for you. That isn't to say that they aren't customizable, they are in fact quite the opposite. The "Revolution" line from EZ-Robot is a platform for robotics.


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