Maker Faire Milwaukee 2018

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Plinko Game
Plinko Game Video
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Plinko Game

Drop a puck into the Plinko game and watch the line drawn on a tablet screen via Bluetooth®!

The Plinko board has an array of light sensors between the pegs. When the puck passes over and blocks the light to the sensor, a command is sent to the PIC® microcontroller. The PIC® MCU talks to a Bluetooth® module to send the sensor coordinate to the application running on the tablet. As the coordinates are sent, a line is drawn showing the path of the the falling puck.

Lab Stir Stick Sensor

Use a PCB stick in a chemistry beaker to read the temperature and light and then display those results on a tablet!

This demo uses the EZ App Lynx w/ RN4020 Development Kit. EZ App Lynx is a smartphone/tablet application that pairs with a PIC® MCU over Bluetooth® and allows the PIC® MCUs to control the appearance and control of the GUI on the smartphone/tablet. This allows PIC® MCU developers an easy way to deploy sensors or controllers that can be controlled from a smartphone/tablet over Bluetooth®. The PIC® MCU controls all aspects of the GUI, so the user only needs to install one smartphone/tablet app that works across a broad variety of devices for Android and iOS.

Lab Stir Stick Sensor

This app requires a Bluetooth® connection to a PIC® MCU using the CCS C Compiler with the EZ App Lynx library. For more information on the application and where to download it, go to: http://www.ccsinfo.com/ezapp

Lab Stir Stick Sensor Video
Duration: 0:34
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Robot Arm Video
Duration: 0:45
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Robot Arm

The robot arm is programmed to complete the Tower of Hanoi or can be in manual mode to be controlled from the tablet. The four colored blocks have pegs for the robot arm to grab and easily move the block. The tablet uses EZ App Lynx for displaying the robot arm controls.

Robot Arm Board Robot Arm with Blocks Robot Arm Screenshot
Rube Goldberg Machine Video
Duration: 0:35
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Rube Goldberg Machine

This Rube Goldberg machine uses various sensors in a chain of reactions that ultimately ends with a gumball rolling out of the Gumball machine. The only motion needed to start the machine is a clap from the hands. The processors used in this machine were all easy-to-use CCS E3mini boards that have a PIC® processor programmable from a USB port.

Rube Goldberg Machine

Educational Products

Sensors Explorer Kit

Sensors Kit for Education

Sensors Explorer Kit
S-205
$69.00
*Add-ons include the book below for $30 and the E3mini Advanced Accessories Kit (which includes GPS, 7-Segment LED, 3x4 Keypad, and various parts) for $25.
E3mini Board and Book Bundle

Learning C Kit

E3mini Board and Book Bundle
S-191
$84.95

Professional PIC® C Compiler

C Compilers

C-Aware IDE Compilers

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CCS developed the first C Compiler for Microchip microcontrollers over 20 years ago and continues to provide software solutions to developers of embedded applications using PIC® MCU and PIC24/dsPIC® DSC devices.
Touch Display 4.3 Development Kit

Complete Development Kit with IDE Compiler

Touch Display 4.3 Development Kit
S-201
$744.00
C Compiler Quick Start Video Tutorial
Duration: 6:03
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C Compiler Quick Start Video Tutorial

Go from a blank sheet of paper to a blinking LED in less than 5 minutes!

You will:

  • Learn how the CCS color coded text editor simplifies design entry
  • See how CCS provided built-in functions speed up software development
  • Quickly locate and correct design errors
  • Program devices in-circuit and modify the blink rate on the fly with the CCS ICD-U64 In-circuit Programmer/Debugger

EZ Interface to Smart Devices

EZ App Lynx Starter Dev Kit - Limited IDE Compiler

Low-Cost Getting Started Kit

EZ App Lynx Starter Dev Kit - Limited IDE Compiler
S-204
$199.00
3.3V EZ Web Lynx Development Kit

Easily Add a Web Page to Your Product

The EZ Web Lynx module can easily be added to any existing electronic design to gain Ethernet capability, reducing development and engineering time. There are 3.3V, 5V and 3V WiFi versions available to fit your design requirements. Start with one of the development kits to see how EZ Web Lynx can work for you. EZWebLynx.com
Soccer Robots Video
Duration: 0:44
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Soccer Robots Video

Two robot cars face off against each other on the soccer field. Players use the EZ App Lynx app to control the robot cars from their iPads. The robot cars are made out of sensors and a prototyping board.