Archive For December, 2010

Setup and installation PITA, STM8S Discovery tool chain

As I am writing this, I am no where near finished with the registration and installation part of the software development tools to start using my STM8S Discovery board. In frustration, and while waiting for license approvals, I decided to…

IR remote controlled christmas tree, pt. 2/2

IR remote controlled christmas tree, pt. 2/2

Just in time for Christmas eve! At least I finished the tree by then, the post here is a bit late. So I needed something to demonstrate a simple IR receiver circuit. What could be simpler than making LEDs blink?…

GSM/RF Module to control house appliances hacked

GSM/RF Module to control house appliances hacked

I bought this where I work, Bauhaus Liertoppen for 99 Norwegian Kroner (~EUR12.5/~USD16). It is a wall socket adapter with combined RF remote control and GSM remote control. To make all three parts communicate you plug in the power or…

IR remote control, pt.1/2

IR remote control, pt.1/2

After buying myself a remote controlled helicopter which used infrared light to control the aircraft I was amazed by the ability to control something time critical in a reliable way. With light! First some basics on the parts available to…