Category: Informational

WebRTC Phone Calls via Asterisk

WebRTC Phone Calls via Asterisk

Are you ready for another off topic article on WebRTC?  This one is titled WebRTC Phone Calls via Asterisk. I have written about Asterisk before (HERE) and that article did have something to do with microcontrollers  😎  Asterisk is an open source full featured phone system (PBX). In my last post about WebRTC, I showed …

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WebRTC Screen/Video Sharing

WebRTC Screen/Video Sharing

As many readers of this site can tell, I am a bit off topic with this article. None the less, I think those same readers will find it useful. The topic is WebRTC Screen/Video Sharing and shows how to communicate with another person (peer to peer) via video and audio using a Web browser.  This …

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STM32F103C8T6 Solar Power System Monitoring

If you read my last post on Solar Power System  Monitoring with an Arduino you might be wondering if that circuit could be enhanced a bit. Say, change the LCD to an OLED and add wireless (WEB server) capability? I was not happy to have to go out and look at the device when I …

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Solar Power System Monitoring with an Arduino

Arduino Invertor Monitor

Sometimes, people wonder about the practical side of using an arduino. I do get asked what is the real use for some of the articles I post here.  Are these ‘gadgets‘ just toys or do they have a practical use?  Most people who ask though, are not that familiar with arduinos or microcontrollers in general. …

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RS485 Arduino Communications

MAX485 Arduino

There are various ways for two Arduinos to communicate information. A common way is serially via RS232. However, RS232 has distance limitations. If there is a need to serially communication over a longer distance consider using RS485 instead.  A couple of MAX485 ICs can facilitate RS485 Arduino communications over that longer distance. Two MAX485 ICs …

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Nuttx on the STM32F103C8T6

Nuttx Configuration Menu

Wouldn’t it be  C 🙄 🙄 L to have a Linux prompt on the STM32F103C8T6.  Not likely, however, Nuttx on the STM32F103C8T6 is about as close as you will get. Nuttx is a RTOS which runs on a wide range of microcontrollers including the STM32F103C8T6. To compile Nuttx for the STM32F103C8T6, a development environment needs …

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Turn an STM32F103C8T6 (BluePill) into an STLink Programmer

BluePill as an Stlink Programmer

It is relatively easy to turn an STM32F103C8T6 (BluePill) into an STLink programmer. All that is needed is a copy of the STLink firmware and a means to flash it. Do a search for STLinkV2.J16.S4 and download it. Flash that binary file into the STM32F103C8T6. The new STM32F103C8T6 STLink can then be upgraded to the latest …

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The Arduino Command Line Interface (CLI)

The Arduino folks just came out with the Arduino Command Line Interface (CLI) : Announcing the Arduino Command Line Interface (CLI) A while back, I wrote about the  Arduino-Builder which is what the Arduino IDE invokes behind the scenes to compile the sketch. (That post is here.) Now, with the Arduino Command Line Interface, everything …

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STM32F103C8T6 DIY Programming Cradle

STM32F103C8T6 DIY Programming Cradle

I recently created an STM32F103C8T6 DIY programming cradle. Here is what it looks like: It comes in handy when you need to program a bunch of STM32F103C8T6s. (Note: I made a similar ‘cradle’ for programming bunches of ESP8266s’.  Read about that here.) A standard USB to serial converter is attached to the 6 pin header …

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Push a Button and Play a Video

4 Pin Button

To motivate and engage sales people, have a big red button to push when a sale is made. They push a button and play a video. Something fun! Add flashing lights for extra effect! Here are two different means to accomplish this. One solution involves an Arduino UNO serially attached to a PC running  the Windows OS. …

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