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For less than $1,000, Keran McKenzie programmed his car to drive itself… or did he? That is the question, which has led to much debate online over the last couple of hours. (Although Hackaday has revealed the truth, it was one heck of an ad for Arduinos!)

Hoax aside, as hackers begin to see autonomous vehicles in various phases of testing, the question of “why can’t I do that?” is bound to come up. McKenzie seemingly attempted to do just that with an array of five cameras embedded in his 2012 Ford Focus where ultrasonic sensors were formerly mounted. While details of the project are slim (and now we know why), he does mention ‘using’ an Arduino for each camera, interfaced with a master board to put everything together. He also went on to ‘add’ a SparkFun MicroView inside the car for visual feedback of the supposed control system.

Impressive hacking/editing, however, as you see just after 3:00 in the video, trusting your life to a homemade vision system is probably not the greatest idea and is a build best left to professionals.

The Ford Focus that I have has an interesting feature, it has this home button on here. Now the home button doesn’t particularly do much other than tell the navigation system to turn on and show you the route home… It got me thining though, why can’t I push that button and have it take me home?

You can read the initial story about this DIY self-driving vehicle on IEEE Spectrum, and Hackaday’s follow-up here. So, we have to ask: Did you think it was real? 


How to Fix Your Broken MicroView

arduino, ArduinoISP, AVR, bootloader, crowdfunding, GeekAmmo, MicroView, Problem, sparkfun, tutorial, Workthrough Commenti disabilitati su How to Fix Your Broken MicroView 

The MicroView Blink  sketch running on our fixed boardThe response by GeekAmmo and Sparkfun to the MicroView problem has been amazing, but you can fix your broken one fairly simply if you're prepared to crack the case.

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Are you experiencing problems with your new MicroView?

arduino, bootloader, crowdfunding, Electronics, kickstarter, Micrcontrollers, MicroView, Problems, Shipping, sparkfun Commenti disabilitati su Are you experiencing problems with your new MicroView? 

Gauges on the MicroViewIf you're having problems with your MicroView, you aren't alone, as it appears that close to 2,000 boards may have been sent out without bootloaders. We talk to Marcus Schappi about the problem.

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See what your Arduino is thinking with MicroView

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As some of you have already noticed on our social channels, we are thrilled to announce a new partner in the Arduino at Heart Program: MicroView, the first chip-sized Arduino compatible that lets you see what your Arduino is thinking using an OLED display.

Microview, by Geek Ammo, is versatile as it meets the needs of beginners and experts alike.

For beginners the MicroView is the first Arduino to ship with built in tutorials. Beyond the tutorials, the MicroView’s OLED display helps to visualize what the microcontroller is doing. You can print print debug messages straight to the OLED display without needing to connect to the Arduino IDE. The immediacy of being able to see live sensor values makes the whole experience so much easier.


A rich library saves experts time by allowing them to quickly display Strings, Counters, Gauges, Sliders, and Bitmaps with only a couple of lines of Arduino code.

Marcus Schappi, Geek Ammo CEO, told us:

“We’re proud that MicroView has been accepted to be part of the Arduino at Heart Program. By basing the MicroView on the architecture of the Arduino Uno, we’re standing on the shoulders of giants. We can’t wait to see what people make with the MicroView.”

Arduino At Heart

Their Kickstarter campaign is really going well, but the campaign only has a few days left, so get in quick and back the MicroView now so you don’t miss out!



MicroView: Chip-sized Arduino with built-in OLED Display!

arduino, display, kickstarter, MicroView, OLED Commenti disabilitati su MicroView: Chip-sized Arduino with built-in OLED Display! 

The MicroView is the first chip-sized Arduino compatible that lets you see what your Arduino is thinking using a built-in OLED display.

You’ve never seen an Arduino™ compatible like this. With a built-in OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode Display) you can see what your Arduino is thinking without having to connect it to your computer.

No more cryptic “Hello World” LED blink sequences or shoehorning oversized displays onto your tiny Arduino™. Development is much easier when you can see what’s going on.

MicroView: Chip-sized Arduino with built-in OLED Display! - [Link]

The MicroView on the end of a finger.The MicroView is Arduino compatible—and a member of the Arduino at Heart program—but it doesn't share that classic form factor. It's a tiny chip-sized, breadboard compatible, Arduino with a built-in OLED display.

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