Here are more pictures from a lake in Beijing:
Here are more pictures from a lake in Beijing:
Papilio user Fantasma25 has designed a new audio DAC wing and decided to share his work with us on the forum. The new wing It’s based on the MAX5556 DAC, it has an I2S-compatible interface and up to 50KHz sampling rate which is perfect for standard 44.1 and 48 KHz sampling rates and a resolution of 16 and 24 bits.
The board does not contain any output buffer as I wanted the board to be as small as possible. It only has the MAX5556, a couple of passives and a 3.5mm stereo jack.
Here is a look at the render of the board:
Hi there everyone! We are excited to finally have the brand-new Encoder Wing in stock at the Gadget Factory store! We are offering this awesome new product at a special introductory price of $11.99 for the first day only. That day is today! I would say take advantage of the sale, because tomorrow the Encoder Wing goes to its regular price of $15.99.
Our friends over at Uberclock (makers of the Smoothie board) actually designed the wing, and they did a great job – it’s never been easier to add Encoder functionality to your Papilio.
The Encoder Wing features an RGB illuminated click encoder and a single color illuminated button. The rotary encoder makes an excellent basic interface device for many projects and we can list some of its features:
Remember that this is a one-day only introductory sale, so any orders received before 11:59 PM MST *today* will get the special price!
-The Gadget Factory Team
Today we got an exciting project that we want to share with you. A group of students at the Cornell University have developed a virtual piano system that allows the user to play piano on the screen, I know you are thinking that there is nothing special here but what if I tell you that this virtual piano can be played on a simple screen and not on a touch screen!
This is what makes this project so special, users can play virtual piano keyboard on the screen even though it’s not a touch screen:
By hooking up a camera above a monitor, with very simple calibration steps, your monitor is turned into a touch screen! Then, by hitting the virtual piano keys displayed on the screen, you will get the sound as playing a real piano.
The design idea is taken from the “Synthesia Piano Hero” game and it provides two game modes, one is practice mode, in which users could play whatever they want and improve their piano skills, the other mode is play mode, in which users would play songs following graphical instructions displayed on the screen.
Our design is an entertainment tool which could be used by anyone who is interested in music playing but don’t have a piano keyboard. Our design could help users to turn their monitor into a touch screen and play interactively.
Please visit the project home page here For an in-depth look at the hardware design and more.
Do you have a Papilio FPGA board or any type of Papilio MegaWings and want to house it in a nice case to protect it from any potencial damage?
Our forum member Sonny has come up with a great solution, he managed to design a nice case for his Papilio Pro as you can see it in the picture above and shared his work with us in this forum thread:
So I think I have a finalized design for the Papillio Pro case. I’ve included top and side pictures below. I’ve updated the butterfly logo (Thanks Jack!), created ample room for the usb plug, and added a 3mm hole for the reset button.
This case actually only fits the Papilio Pro but Sonny is planning to make something similar for the Papilio One and he is currently working on designing other cases for the LogicStart, Arcade and RetroCade Megawings.
Sonny is supposed to be manufacturing a batch of the Papilio Pro cases so if you are interested in this project you can drop down the forum thread and directly ask him for a case or send him your feedback to help improve this project.
(via Gadget Factory Forum)
Hello everyone, today we are happy to announce a special offer on the Button/LED Wing so if you are a Papilio user and you still don’t have this wing this is a great opportunity to get one for just $4.99 instead of the original price of $14.99 ! Moreover if you plan to buy a Papilio Dev board you can get the B/LED Wing for free (this offer is only valid for orders that includes a Papilio Pro or a Papilio One 500k).
The Button and LED Wing is an 8 Bit Wing that provides 4 LED’s for output and 4 tactile buttons for input. It enables user interfacing with LED’s and Pushbuttons.
Papilio user and longtime Papilio arcade contributer Alex has managed to get the Pengo game running on his Papilio Pro board.
Here is a quick demo video of the game running on the Papilio Pro:
Alex writes, “The Pengo hardware is very close to the Pacman hardware but annoyingly it has just enough differences that you can’t just run Pengo on Pacman hardware. The video, sound, input control registers, watchdog, etc are all at different addresses compared to Pacman as well as the fact that the ROM is twice as big as Pacman’s and to make matters worse the Pengo ROM is scrambled, so I had to implement an on the fly ROM descrambler based on the MAME source code.”
Thanks for sharing your work with us Alex!