August 22nd, 2009

Atmel based Sony Unilink

Atmel based Sony Unilink

The Sony Unilink protocol is usually meant to control the CD-player of an automobile and can also perform other various tasks. The Sony Unilink protocol can be used to connect other auxiliary devices to your car stereo (these devices vary from CD shuttles to iPods).

This project is an AVR Sony Unilink interface based on the Atmel ATmega8 microcontroller. The MCU runs at 7,3728MHz and the communication with the Unilink bus is made through Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) and the software supports RS232 input and output. The source code was written in C and the files as well as schematics are available for download under GNU General Public License in the link below.

(Another Unilink interface project entitled GNUnilink, based on the PIC16F628 running at 10MHz is also presented under GNU License).

Atmel based Sony Unilink: [Link]

August 22nd, 2008

Sony DSC H9 review

Sony DSC H9 review

You’ve probably noticed the pictures from my last projects… they look pretty cool. That’s because i got a new camera, a Sony DSC H9. The macros are great, i can see the particles of dust on my circuit boards, the landscapes are great, i took some stuning pictures in my vacation in the mountains.

I’m not gonna go trough all of the aspects in this review, I’m just gonna tell you what impresses me about this camera. I payed for it at a local retail store about $520 complete with a 2 GB memory stick pro duo. The camera was nicely packed and accesorized. For example i got a cool remote control, that i can use to take pictures remotely. I also got a shoulder strap which you don’t get on most cameras.

The battery, is sony, as expected and it last actually more than they say it will. They guarantee that it will last you 300 photos, but i take aprox 600 photos with one charge.

If you plan on getting one, i suggest you take no less than 2 GB memory card. Because on 2 Gb it rarely gets full, and you’ll alaways have room for more pictures when you’re away from your computer and you can’t download them.

Another good thing about the camera, it’s the 15x zoom complete with image stabilization, which helps you get more acurrate details into your pictures when shooting at a distance.

The camera also has other nice functions like many shooting resolutions, the i prefere beeing the widescreen mode. In my opinion this is the best choice in digital camera before moving into the SLR category.

I hear that digital photo frames are they way to show your pictures arround the house these days, maybe one from Sony will work ok together with my H9.

Interfacing a PlayStation 2 Controller With a PIC

There are all sorts of guides that explain how to interface a PS2 controller already out there. The goal here is to consolidate the information and make it as fast as possible to get up and running. If you’re working on a project that needs some sort of remote control this could be helpful. These days PS2 controllers are quite cheap on ebay.

Everything you need to know its in the tutorial so it should be easy to do it, unless you don’t have some experience with microcontrollers, then it could get messy.

Interfacing a PlayStation 2 Controller With a PIC: [Link]

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