BASIC Stamp Projects

GPS Datalogger

There are plenty of projects out there that deal with GPS and microcontrollers, many of which make use of the data for such things as navigation. The RoboMagellan competition is one such application. But what if you wanted to visualize the path your robot took through such a course? Better yet, what if you wanted to log the path of a bike or car trip? You can with this project and Google™ Earth.

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BASIC Stamp Module Tester

This easy to build and use tester will allow you to test your BASIC Stamp Modules (any model) for bad I/O pins, RAM and other issues that may cause problems in your projects. This tester only works on BASIC Stamp Microcontrollers that can still communicate with the PC and cannot test modules that are completely dead (bricked).

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Solder Pot Controller

In 2006 to be RoHS compliant Parallax Inc moved toward making all products lead-free including the BASIC Stamp Modules which they manufacture in-house. This required a new Lead-Free Solder Pot to dip the modules in. The new solder pot did not come with a temperature control. Instead I created a custom solder pot controller which keeps the temperature at a specified set point.

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Garage Parking Assistant

The Garage Parking Assistant makes it easy to pull in the garage by signaling you with a traffic light style display of when to pull in (GREEN), slow down (YELLOW) and stop (RED). If you pull too far ahead the Red LED blinks to let you know you need to back up a bit.

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Binary / Digital Clock

This project is a unique timepiece combining a normal digital clock with a binary representation, allowing you to see time in both formats. This is especially useful to those who can't quite decipher the binary time. As a bonus an LCD displays the day, date and temperature.

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M-Sorter

Parallax has an interesting kit called the M-Sorter. It really sorts M&M candies, and even Skittles. The device is incredible and ingenious in it's simplicity and design, in that the whole project runs with only 1 moving part! In fact, the only devices needed to make this project work are the TAOS TCS230 Color Sensor (Available from Parallax with the kit), and a standard hobby servo (included in the kit).

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