Re: [uCsimm] Senior design project

From: Geoffrey Wossum (
Date: Wed Sep 06 2000 - 00:37:38 EDT

> Hey, you don't have pictures or documents on this do you? It sounds
> very cool, to say the least.

There are documents on the project. Not very good ones. That's probably
why we didn't do too well on the documentation portion of our grade. In
theory you're supposed to be able to duplicate the project from our
documents, but you're probably not going to be able to do that with our
documents. You'll get a general idea of what we were doing, find lots of
source code, but the hardware details seemed to miss getting documenting.

What documentation exists is at
Click around a lot. The professor had us put our documentation up in a
weird way, plus we did a half-assed job of it. Keep clicking all the
links you can find and maybe you'll find your way to some good bits of
info. The documenation quality depends on who wrote it and what time of
night it was written.

We kept saying, "We need to take pictures of this stuff." But we never
did. However, I still have a lot of the more intersting stuff, including
the uCsimm based controller we built. I'll see if I can borrow a camera
and take some pictures of the stuff in the next couple of weeks.

BTW, one of the people on the time and I are planning on continuing
development of the project. In our copious spare time, of course ;)

Geoffrey Wossum
Project AKO -
Internet Imperialists -

> > > -----Original Message----- > > From: []On > > Behalf Of Geoffrey Wossum > > Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2000 2:19 PM > > To: > > Subject: Re: [uCsimm] To: > > > > > > Wayne, > > > > > Came across your site on the net and am interested in using this > > > technology for my senior computer engineering project. Any > > > suggestions? Many Thanks > > > > We used the uCsimm as part of our senior design project. > > > > We used the uCsimm as a main controller for a robot development > > kit. We used an I2C multimaster "network" to allow the > > coordination of distributed microcontrollers. It was essentially > > Lego Mindstorms on steroids. > > > > A variety of microcontrollers (mainly PIC16F877's) acted as digital > > I/O, A/D converters, and motor controllers, along with some > > specialized peripherals such as proximity sensors, temperature > > sensors, light sensors, two-motor driver unit, etc. A main control > > unit then ran programs that were written by users in C, using an > > API we had created. The controller coordinated the > > microcontrollers on the I2C network to perform whatever task the > > user had programmed. > > > > Nothing about the project actually relied on the uCsimm. We > > created a PC interface board that allowed any PC to act as the > > system controller. But we also created a compact, self-contained > > system based on a uCsimm that could be used as the main controller. > > > > It was an impressive project, and we won best senior design > > project. But it was also considerably more involved and more time > > intensive than most people's senior projects. The system was > > actually capable of > > implementing everyone else's project! > > > > --- > > Geoffrey Wossum > > > > Project AKO - > > Internet Imperialists - > > > > This message resent by the list server > > > -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- > Version: PGPfreeware 6.5.3 for non-commercial use <> > > iQA/AwUBOayOL0twnNo3YoqsEQLRJACfctT81jIHqrZDxfuUTSKnGjeeAZoAn2Gq > LPmR1iAFTpboAKBXmilzKjrL > =UdaD > -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- > > This message resent by the list server >

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