Reading input from ABB flexpendant

On ABB robots, one have access to a syntax in RAPID programming language called TPRead. TPRead allows the programmer to read live values from the user (operator) while your code is being run.

TPReadNum reg1,”Text”;

Code Example:
PROC readJNumFromPendant()
TPErase;
TPReadNum reg1,”Enter Input Number?”;
readValue := reg1;
TPWrite “Read Value is: ” + ValToStr(testRead);
ENDPROC

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Tab Order in C# Windows Form – MS Visual Studio 2010

Setting Tab order in C# (Visual Studio 2010):

1 – Select View – Tab Order. This activates the tab-order selection mode on the form. A number (representing the TabIndex property) appears in the upper-left corner of each control.

2-  Click the controls sequentially to establish the tab order you want.

3 – When you are done, click View – Tab Order to deactivate the indexing.

Source: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bd16a8cw.aspx

Flame Detector Sensor, Arduino | – Programming Tutorial

This is a sample code to show how this cheap component from DealExtreme works with Ardunio (2.5$ with free shipping). These are very useful sensors for building [b]firefighting robots[/b] :D Look at the sample code for more info.

Sensor detecting match flame

Sensor detecting match flame

purchase link:

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/arduino-flame-sensor-for-temperature-detection-blue-dc-3-3-5v-118075

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Quality Joystick from DealExtreme (very cheap) | – Programming Tutorial

Here I am about to write a tutorial about a cheap joystick I came across lately which can be bought for only 3.5$ with free shipping to Norway. It is a PS2 repair kit which can easily be used with Arduino concept as well (the input voltage is 5+). It can detect all 8 directions in 2D dimension and also Clicked feature.

Joystick tutorial

Joystick tutorial

Purchase link:

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/repair-parts-replacement-analog-stick-module-for-ps2-controller-black-121340

Here the outputs from the joystick are only VRx, VRy, SW, GND and +5V.
VRx = x value (see program)
VRy = y value (see program)
SW = if Clicked or Not -> Clicked = 0, NOT clicked = 1

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[code lang="arduino"]
/*
JOYSTICK Program connected to Arduino

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/repair-parts-replacement-analog-stick-module-for-ps2-controller-black-121340

Developer:
Akbar (Shahab) F. Moghaddam
20.05.12

Comment : Front, Back, left, right
*/

//CONSTANTS
const int pinX = 2;
const int pinY = 1;
const int pinSW = 0;

//VARIABLE
int VRx = -999;
int VRy = -999;
int SW = -999;
int readVal = 0;
boolean logging = false;

void setup() {
// initialize the digital pin as an output.
// Pin 13 has an LED connected on most Arduino boards:
pinMode(13, OUTPUT);
pinMode(0, INPUT);
pinMode(1, INPUT);
pinMode(2, INPUT);
Serial.begin(19200);
}

void loop() {
initialAll();
readValues();
loggingProcess();
printState();
delay(1000);// wait for a second
}

void initialAll(){
readVal = 0;
}

void readValues(){
VRx = analogRead(pinX);
VRy = analogRead(pinY);
SW = analogRead(pinSW);
if (Serial.available()>0){
readVal = Serial.read();
}
}

void loggingProcess(){
if (readVal == 'l'){
if (logging)
logging = false;
else
logging = true;
}

if (logging){
Serial.println("------------");
Serial.println("SYUMMARY");
Serial.print("X:");
Serial.println(VRx);
Serial.print("Y:");
Serial.println(VRy);
Serial.print("SW is:");
Serial.println(SW);
Serial.println("------------");
}
}

void printState(){
if (SW == 0){
Serial.println("------------");
Serial.println("CLICKED");
Serial.println("------------");
}
else if (VRx > 330 && VRx < 350 && VRy > 325 && VRy < 350){
Serial.println("------------");
Serial.println("NORMAL");
Serial.println("------------");
}//NORMAL
else if (VRx > 660 && VRx < 700 && VRy > 325 && VRy < 350){
Serial.println("------------");
Serial.println("FRONT");
Serial.println("------------");
}//FRONT
else if (VRx < 5/*==0*/ && VRy > 325 && VRy < 350){
Serial.println("------------");
Serial.println("BACK");
Serial.println("------------");
}//BACK
else if (VRx > 330 && VRx < 350 && VRy < 5 /*==0*/){
Serial.println("------------");
Serial.println("LEFT");
Serial.println("------------");
}//LEFT
else if (VRx > 330 && VRx < 350 && VRy > 665 && VRy < 700){
Serial.println("------------");
Serial.println("RIGHT");
Serial.println("------------");
}//RIGHT
else if (VRx > 350 && VRx < 680 && VRy > 350 && VRy < 670){
Serial.println("------------");
Serial.println("FRONT-RIGHT");
Serial.println("------------");
}//FRONT-RIGHT
else if (VRx >= 0 && VRx < 350 && VRy > 350 && VRy < 680){
Serial.println("------------");
Serial.println("BACK-RIGHT");
Serial.println("------------");
}//BACK-RIGHT
else if (VRx >= 0 && VRx < 330 && VRy >= 0 && VRy < 325){
Serial.println("------------");
Serial.println("BACK-LEFT");
Serial.println("------------");
}//BACK-LEFT
else if (VRx > 350 && VRx < 680 && VRy >= 0 && VRy < 325){
Serial.println("------------");
Serial.println("FRONT-LEFT");
Serial.println("------------");
}//FRONT-LEFT
else{
Serial.println("------------");
Serial.println("UNKNOWN");
Serial.println("------------");
}//UNKNOWN
}
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Arduino Code Syntax Highlighting Plugin for your WordPress Blog

Source : http://elabz.com/arduino-syntaxhighlighter/
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

1 – Install SyntaxHighlighter Evolved plugin in your wordpress.
2 – Unzip content of the Arduino Brush archive into a temporary directory, then upload content of that directory (syntaxhighlighter-arduino) to your WordPress plugins folder (usually wp-content/plugins/).
3 – Open Plugins in your WordPress Dashboard and activate both ‘SyntaxHighlighter Evolved’ and ‘SyntaxHighlighter Evolved: Arduino Brush’ plugins
4 – Go to the main plugin’s ‘SyntaxHighlighter Evolved’ Settings and in the “Color Theme” Select “Arduino”. No other changes from defaults are necessary. Save the new settings.

USAGE:
- Use only in HTML mode of the WordPress Editor
- Place Arduino code to highlight between:

* Prefer without line numbers:

EXAMPLE:

[code lang="arduino"]
/*
Blink
Turns on an LED on for one second, then off for one second, repeatedly.

This example code is in the public domain.
*/

void setup() {
// initialize the digital pin as an output.
// Pin 13 has an LED connected on most Arduino boards:
pinMode(13, OUTPUT);
}

void loop() {
digitalWrite(13, HIGH); // set the LED on
delay(1000); // wait for a second
digitalWrite(13, LOW); // set the LED off
delay(1000); // wait for a second
}
[/code]

source : http://elabz.com/arduino-syntaxhighlighter/

Arduino Mega 2560 driver could not be found on Windows 7

Issue: Arduino Mega 2560 driver could not be found on Windows 7
Solution: Simply go to Start - right click on Computer Properties - Device Manager-  Under Other Devices, Find Arduino Mega 256 - right click and choose update driver - Choose Browse computer for driver software - Click Browse and Navigate to your Arduino home folder(where you installed Arduino) and choose drivers folder and  click Next. The windows 7 would find the right driver inside the folder.

Happy coding with Arduino :-)

Arduino Mega 2560 driver issue on Windows 7

Issue: Arduino Mega 2560 driver could not be found on Windows 7
Solution: Simply go to Start – right click on Computer – Properties – Device Manager – Under Other Devices, Find Arduino Mega 256 – right click and choose update driver – Choose Browse computer for driver software – Click Browse and Navigate to your Arduino home folder(where you installed Arduino) and choose drivers folder and click Next. The windows 7 would find the right driver inside the folder.

Happy coding with Arduino :-)